44 Ramps Built with StopGap for Roncesvalles! By: greening homes

July 17, 2012
Announcements, Community

On Saturday and Sunday this weekend, members of our crew (and some of their partners) helped out with a great initiative on Roncesvalles. Coinciding with the Polish Street Festival, we teamed up with a group building ramps for 44 stores along the East side of Roncesvalles from Queen to Dundas W. The organization called Stop Gap has a DIY accessibility mandate: remove barriers for people with disabilities, one storefront at a time.

“StopGap is creating a world where every person can access every space through fun and engaging community projects that raise awareness and remove barriers” Luke Anderson, Stop Gap co-founder

Pollock Home Hardware on Roncesvalles was the material sponsor and provided all of the plywood, screws, glue, etc for the ramps. We had a crew manufacturing the ramps in a laneway just behind the street, and the finished ramps were painted in the Stop Gap tent on Roncesvalles during the Polish Festival. Each ramp is custom made for the store it will be used at so that it safely eliminates any step at the entry.

We all had a great time and were inspired by this organization taking charge to make Toronto streets and stores accessible to everyone. To learn more about Stop Gap, visit there site here and see what street they will tackle next.