Yesterday, the provincial government announced the easing of some public health restrictions as part of Stage 2 of their phased re-opening plan. This included the opening of libraries and limited changes to indoor fitness.
After reviewing the restrictions, The City has determined that recreation and culture facilities will remain closed for general public use. Current restrictions do not allow public swimming, lane swimming, fitness or aquatic activities (outside of low intensity), sport play or competition.
“We know citizens are anxiously awaiting a return to our facilities, and we are also eagerly awaiting that day,” said Barb McKee, Recreation Superintendent. “With access to our facilities limited, we are working on some new, exciting opportunities for Red Deerians to participate in recreation activities.”
Recognizing the need for on-going recreation to support physical, mental and social wellbeing, we will be launching an at-home fitness program in the coming weeks. A variety of classes will be offered weekly, with something for everyone. Classes will include cardio, gentle fitness, family-friendly fitness, strength training and yoga.
“We are really excited to offer virtual programming to the community,” said McKee. “With something for all ages and abilities, these classes are a safe, accessible and affordable way for citizens to revisit and explore fitness from the comfort of their own homes.”
In addition to virtual fitness, we will also be offering the opportunity for households to rent specific amenities at a deeply discounted rate. Available amenities include dry space (field house, gym and indoor soccer spaces), pool (Michener Aquatic Centre dive tank, lane pool and warm pool), and ice at the Collicutt Centre, Servus Arena, Kinsmen Community Arenas and G.H. Dawe Community Centre.
These household facility rentals will be booked through an Activity Reservation on Look n’ Book. Times will vary as these bookings are being coordinated around existing facility rentals by user groups. All participants must reside in the same household.
Further details about our virtual fitness program and household facility rentals will be shared in the coming week. Please check The City’s website for updates.
For more information on The City’s response to COVID-19, visit: https://www.reddeer.ca/whats-happening/covid-19/
For more information, please contact:
Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer