by Norm Miller

Zero entry sounds prohibitive, like do not enter or access denied.

To the contrary, zero entry means accessibility for any and all.

Truett-McConnell College’s proposed George Blaurock Student Recreation Center will feature a 9,000 sq. ft., indoor aquatic center – the first of its kind in Cleveland – and a swimming pool with zero entry access.

Sometimes called a beach entry pool, a zero entry swimming pool gradually slopes from the deck downward, with each step into the pool leading to slightly deeper water, thus mimicking the natural slope of a beach. This provides easy, unintimidating entry into the pool for all – young children, older people, or those with accessibility concerns.

Providing a zero entry pool, as well as accessible elevators, makes the recreation center entirely ADA (American Disabilities Act) compliant.

The point of ADA compliance reaches much farther than what is required; it indicates what is desired. The leaders of Truett-McConnell want the college’s neighbors to know that all who wish to use the new facility are not only able, but are welcome.

That’s why through paid memberships the center will be open to the public.

The president of TMC, Dr. Emir Caner, often notes the evangelistic emphasis of the college’s curriculum and the evangelistic fervor of the student body. So, there is a much more meaningful motivation with regard to accessibility, and that is that the George Blaurock Student Recreation Center – which is named for a 16th century, Anabaptist evangelist – will be a place where those who have never met Jesus Christ will hear about him from students.

Jesus said, “Come to Me, all of you who work and have heavy loads. I will give you rest” (Matthew 11.28, NLV).

So, whether you’re a student or neighbor of Truett-McConnell College, all are welcome to enjoy an invigorating swim, water aerobics and other aquatic activities at the recreation center.

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