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Danson Park Water Sports Centre

The Boathouse, Danson Road, Bexleyheath, Kent, DA6 8HL

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Introduction

  • Comments View
    • The Water Sports Centre is set within Danson Park, which also contains Danson House, a playground and water splash park and parking.
    • The club room is approximately 150m from the lake.
    • The route from the clubhouse and shop down to the lake is via tarmac paths or grass with uneven surfaces and a steep hill.
    • The centre does not currently (2017) have any special equipment or adaptations at the lakeside for disabled sailors.
    • A refreshment kiosk with outside seating is located at the other end of the same building as the watersports centre.

Opening Times

  • The venue has seasonal opening times.

Location

  • The venue is situated within the centre of the site.
  • This venue is situated in Danson Park.
  • The venue is in a pedestrian area.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest mainline station is Bexleyheath.

Parking (Staff and Blue Badge)

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • The car park is located at the far end of the building.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do need to be booked in advance.
    • There is/are 0 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.
    • Assistance may be required because there is/are uneven surfaces.
    • The car park surface is concrete.
    • There is not a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • On Street Parking and Drop-off Details. View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • Please note that the parking spaces at the opposite (road) end of the building belong to the Boathouse Function Suite and are not available to Water Sports Centre users.
    • There is a large car park in the centre of Danson Park, please see the access guide to Danson Park for more details.
    • There is also unrestricted on-street parking on Danson Road close to the venue.

Outside Access (Shop Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the venue.
    • There is step-free access at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The door(s) is/are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 160cm.
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.

Reception

  • The desk/counter is 3m (3yd 10in) from the shop entrance.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The desk/counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • The desk/counter has a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • The lighting levels are bright.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Inside Access (Shop)

  • There is level access to the service(s).
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • The lighting levels are bright.

Standard Changing Room (Shop Fitting Room)

  • There is a/are standard changing room(s) available.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 7m (7yd 1ft) from the shop entrance.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 5m (5yd 1ft) from the reception desk.
  • The standard changing room(s) surveyed is/are located to the rear left of the shop.
  • There is level access to the standard changing room(s).

Outside Access (Clubhouse and Changing Facilities Entrances)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front and rear of the building.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
  • The door(s) is / are single.
  • The door(s) is / are heavy.
  • The width of the door opening is 98cm (3ft 3in).
  • Comments View
    • All the facilities of the Water Sports Centre have their own access doors directly from the outside.
    • All of the doors are identical.
    • There is some uneven paving in the area of the doors and on the route around the building.
    • The pictures show one of the two club room entrances on the front of the building and two of the changing room entrances to the rear.

Inside Access (Clubhouse)

  • There is level access to the service(s).
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • Although each of the facilities are normally accessed directly from the outside, there are internal doors from the club room to the changing rooms that can be unlocked, for example if the centre was being used by a large single-sex group.

Standard Changing Room (Female and Male)

  • There is a/are standard changing room(s) available.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 20m (21yd 2ft) from the clubhouse entrance.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 25m (27yd 1ft) from the reception desk.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 155m (169yd 1ft) from the lake.
  • The standard changing room(s) surveyed is/are located to the rear of the clubhouse.
  • There is level access to the standard changing room(s).
  • Shower facilities are available within the changing room(s).
  • There is not level access to the shower facilities.
  • The shower cubicle(s) / area is / are accessed via a medium step.

Accessible Toilet

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • There is no signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 20m (21yd 2ft) from the clubroom entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located at the rear of the venue, with its entrance directly from the outside.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is required for the accessible toilet.
    • The key is not a radar key.
    • The key can be obtained from a member of staff.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 95cm (3ft 1in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 230cm x 210cm (7ft 7in x 6ft 11in).
    • There is sufficient turning space in the cubicle for a wheelchair user.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 140cm (4ft 7in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush, however it is not on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are not available in the cubicle.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available for the toilet.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • There is a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • The shelf is not higher than 95cm (3ft 1in).
    • There is a mirror.
    • Mirrors are placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is not a toilet roll holder.
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • The accessible toilet is located between the female and male standard changing rooms.
    • It is currently signed as 'staff only' to deter general park visitors from asking to use it.
    • The accessible shower is in the same room.

Accessible Shower (Accessible Toilet)

  • Accessible shower facilities are available.
  • The accessible shower(s) surveyed is/are located within the accessible toilet.
  • The facilities available in the accessible shower(s) include; an adjustable shower head, handrails and a flip-down seat.
  • The height of the seat is 52cm (1ft 8in).
  • Other facilities available include; dropdown rails.
  • There is not level access to the services from the accessible shower facilities.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets View
    • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Female Toilet(s) View
    • The female toilet facilities that were surveyed are located within the female standard changing room.
    • The female toilet(s) is/are approximately 24m (26yd 9in) from the clubhouse entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female toilet(s).
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Access to Standard Male Toilet(s) View
    • The male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located within the male standard changing room.
    • The male toilet(s) is/are approximately 20m (21yd 2ft) from the clubhouse entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the male toilet(s).
    • Lighting levels are medium.

Additional Info

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Documents are available in Braille.
  • Documents can be requested in large print.
  • A bowl of water can be provided for an assistance dog.
  • An assistance dog toilet area can be provided onsite.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not normally on duty.
  • This service can be requested.