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City extends recreation closures, cancels summer programming amid COVID-19

May 20, 2020 5:54 PM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

City-owned recreation facilities will remain closed beyond June 30 following the release of Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy, which identifies the reopening of community recreation facilities in Stage 3.

At this time, no date is identified for when Stage 3 might occur; however, The City of Red Deer will begin planning for its reopening in alignment with this provincial direction.

The extended closure impacts summer programming, including camps, offered at City of Red Deer-owned facilities. All current summer programs have been cancelled; however, The City is exploring options for modified programming in some areas. We do not yet know what that might look like, but any modified summer programming opportunities will be promoted through The City’s website. At this time, all registrants for summer programs will automatically be refunded or have their account credited. Questions about program refunds can be directed to looknbook@reddeer.ca.

“We originally stated recreation facilities may reopen June 30; however with the province announcing recreation facilities and other recreation amenities must remain closed until Stage 3, The City is required to keep many facilities closed or to further delay openings,” said Karen Mann, Emergency Operations Centre Director. “City staff are working hard to re-evaluate operations over the next few months as we navigate these uncertain times.”

Closures affect all City-owned facilities, including those operated by contractors and includes the following:

  • Collicutt Centre
  • Recreation Centre
  • Michener Aquatic Centre
  • G.H. Dawe Community Centre
  • Intermediate School (including Culture Services)
  • Great Chief Park and Setters Place
  • Servus Arena
  • Kinsmen Community Arenas
  • Kinex Arena
  • Memorial Centre
  • Festival Hall
  • Pidherney Curling Centre
  • Northside Community Centre
  • Edgar Athletic Fields
  • All community activity centres
  • Programming including Equestrian services at Heritage Ranch

Outdoor amenities are also impacted by these changes. Neighbourhood sport fields are still open for spontaneous use; however, organized and major sporting events are not permitted until Stage 3. Current outdoor recreation guidelines released by the Province indicate that sport field league play is not permitted. Groups can contact facilitybookings@reddeer.ca to discuss rentals or bookings impacted by the continued amenity closures as well as COVID cancellation and refund policies.

In addition, the outdoor pool at the Recreation Centre will not open for the 2020 season. This decision was made in alignment with provincial direction and with consideration for the financial risk and viability stemming from a mid-season opening.

“We understand many people are eager to get back to our recreation facilities; however, the safety of both residents and staff continue to be our top priority,” said Mann. “We are working to ensure that our programs and facilities are ready to welcome residents when it is safe to do so.”

Opening of outdoor water features like spray parks and Discovery Canyon, which are also included in Stage 3 of the provincial Relaunch Strategy, remain uncertain and will be reviewed as further information is released by the province.

Anyone with questions about these changes is encouraged to contact The City for more information. Questions about rentals or bookings impacted by the continued amenity closures can be directed to facilitybookings@reddeer.ca. Those with questions about program refunds are encouraged to email looknbook@reddeer.ca with their registration details.

Additional information about changes to City recreation offerings is available on The City’s website.

Learn more in our FAQ document (pdf) .

For more information, please contact:

Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer

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