Livonia pools get upgrades with new lifts for those with limited mobility
September 29, 2020

The pool lifts will enable more people to enjoy the Botsford and Shelden pools. Courtesy of St. Mary Mercy Hospital.

St. Mary Mercy Livonia announced that it has received a $16,928 grant from HomeServe Cares Foundation to purchase and install two new self-operable lifts that allow people with limited mobility to more easily enter community pools in Livonia.

The grant is a continuation of the hospital's involvement with Healthy Livonia, a citywide collaboration to strengthen the health and wellness of everyone living and working in the community.

"With two new lifts in place, people who otherwise might not enter the pool will be able to do so independently and safely," said Dave Spivey, president of St. Mary Mercy Livonia. "We are incredibly grateful for the involvement of HomeServe Cares Foundation and for their support as we seek to increase accessibility so that more local residents can take advantage of a fun, healthy activity right here in our community."

With this grant, Livonia Parks and Recreation purchased and installed a Spectrum Aquatics Motion Trek 350 battery-powered pool lift at Moelke Park (Botsford Pool), with plans for an additional lift to be purchased and installed at Shelden Park (Shelden Pool).

From left, Ted Davis, Livonia’s parks superintendent; Mayor Maureen Miller Brosnan; Myles Meehan with HomeServe USA; Mike Chambers with HomeServe USA; Dave Spivey, president of St. Mary Mercy; and Michaeline Raczka, director of community health for Mary Mercy Livonia. Courtesy of St. Mary Mercy Hospital.

The lifts are self-operable from the deck and water and will allow people with limited mobility to more easily enter the pool. The pool lifts, which replace older lifts at two of the city's three outdoor public pools, are fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and specially designed for lift stability and ease during transfer.

Although the lifts are easy to use, all pool managers and lifeguards at the Botsford and Shelden pools will receive training on how to use them.

“Improving the accessibility to our outdoor pools is another step in developing a welcoming place for people of all abilities,” Mayor Maureen Miller Brosnan said in a release. “We greatly appreciate the HomeServe Cares Foundation’s grant and the work of Healthy Livonia.”

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Livonia's Parks and Recreation Department took additional precautions at its public pool facilities this past summer. This included use of online reservations and payment for open swim times; the adoption of enhanced cleaning protocols between swim sessions; scheduling multiple swim sessions each day with decreased capacity to allow for social distancing; requiring personal protective equipment and training for all staff; and requiring patrons to wear masks when not in the pool.

These precautions will remain in place in 2021, or until the COVID-19 virus in no longer a public health threat.

“We launched the HomeServe Cares Foundation to support organizations that foster community and make a town a great place to live, work, and raise a family," said Tom Rusin, Global CEO, HomeServe Membership. "And that is exactly what St. Mary Mercy Livonia is doing. The new pool lifts will ensure that everyone who visits the town’s pools has equal access to fun and recreation. Healthy Livonia is a great initiative that HomeServe is pleased to support.”

Healthy Livonia is a collaboration that leverages resources of the City of Livonia, Livonia Parks and Recreation Department, the Chamber of Commerce, Livonia Public Schools, and St. Mary Mercy Livonia hospital.

This citywide initiative is intended to reach beyond the walls of any one organization to strengthen the health and wellness of everyone in the community.