The City of Montreal has announced new plans for the forthcoming Rosemont Aquatic Complex.\nMost notably is the decision to opt for one, universal change room instead of two, gendered change rooms.\nThe hope is that the decision will increase accessibility and optimize space.\nVisit MTLBlog for more headlines.\nThe City of Montreal has made some exciting announcements about the new Rosemont Aquatic Complex that is to be built and opened by 2020.\nAccording to the city's website, the Aquatic Complex is set to meet LEED-Gold certification, making it high in positive environmental impact as well as human benefit.\nThe complex is going to be built at the corner of 8ième Avenue and rue de Bellechasse in Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie, with the long-term plan being the grouping of the complex, the Rosemont Library and a new Maison de la culture, which will take the place of the old pool.\nMost notable, perhaps, is the city's decision to opt for only one, universal change room, instead of the traditional dual changerooms that serve males and females, respectively.\nAccording to TVA Nouvelles, this decision was, in part, championed by Nathalie Goulet, head of social inclusion for the executive committee of the City of Montreal.\nFor Goulet, this decision is a mark of social innovation and a move toward social gains that she feels significantly outweigh the financial investments required.\nApparently, the president of The Association of Aquatic Managers of Quebec, Lucie Roy, is also on board. Roy feels the decision promotes accessibility, optimizes space and still manages to preserve privacy.\nThough it's the last point, for certain, that will have pool patrons most concerned.\nThe pool itself will be 25-metres long with eight lanes, accompanied by a secondary pool, bleachers and "multifunctional rooms."\nView this post on Instagram Encore à la piscine #coaching#swimming A post shared by @ _manuman_ on Nov 18, 2016 at 10:23am PST\nThe universal change rooms will consist of:\n18 closed stalls that include a shower and a changing section\n6 closed stalls without a shower\n12 washroom stalls, which can serve as changerooms \n3 open showers with soap\n2 showers on the pool deck\nseveral lockers, both full and half size\na storage room for school and other groups\nREAD ALSO: You Can Ride The Bus For Only $1 Next Week In Laval To Help Plant Trees\nPatrons will be required to remain clothed unless in a closed change room, shower or bathroom stall. The open showers with soap are noted as "no nudity," on the city's website.\nView this post on Instagram 🐟🐠🌊 Cours d'aquazumba, croqué sur le vif à la piscine Lévesque. Cette session, les cours ont lieu le jeudi à 19 h. (Photo: Toma Iczkovits)⠀ ⠀ #Zumba #AquaZumba #PiscinesMtl #LePlateau #MtlMoments #MtlPhotos A post shared by Le Plateau-Mont-Royal (@lepmr) on Feb 12, 2019 at 12:07pm PST\nThe Rosemont Aquatic Complex won't be the first in Montreal to opt for universality, though. The Piscine Lévesque, located at 955 rue Marie-Anne Est, has had universal access to the pool via a universal change room since April 2018.\nOn the city's website, they list several reasons for deciding to go with a universal entrance and change room for the Piscine Lévesque.\nThose reasons include:\nAccessibility to all citizens\nAllows families to be together in one place\nFacilitates access to school groups, daycare groups and summer camp groups\nAccessibility for people with reduced mobility\nFacilitates site monitoring and maximizes user safety\nFacilitates maintenance and intervention at all times, for both male and female employees\nOptimizes the use of the space\nSeems pretty hard to argue with all that logic.\nAre you on board with making public spaces less gendered and more universal? Let us know @MTLBlog on Twitter.