City of Calgary opening several exercise facilities next week

Mar 5 2021, 7:00 pm

The Government of Alberta announced on Monday that the province will be moving into a modified version of Step 2 in its “A Path Forward” plan, including the expansion of indoor fitness to include low-intensity activities.

In alignment with this, the City of Calgary will soon be offering individual and group opportunities at select fitness centres.

Four of these facilities re-opened their ice rinks and pools for one-on-one sports training in February. In addition to training, these locations will now be allowing low-intensity individual and group fitness activities, including access to their weight rooms.

The City is also reopening a fifth location (Thornhill Aquatic and Recreation Centre) in anticipation of a high demand for exercise facilities.

The following locations will be open for bookings:

  • Bob Bahan Aquatic & Fitness Centre – 4812 14 Avenue SE
  • Canyon Meadows Aquatic & Fitness Centre – 89 Canova Road SW
  • Killarney Aquatic & Recreation Centre – 1919 29 Street SW
  • Sir Winston Churchill Aquatic & Recreation Centre – 1520 Northmount Drive NW
  • Thornhill Aquatic & Recreation Centre – 6715 Centre Street NW

Opportunities include weight room access, aquatic lane walking, and shallow and deep-water exercise.

Calgarians can begin making bookings for individual fitness activities beginning March 5, for appointments starting on March 9.

On March 9, the City will be taking appointments for low-intensity group fitness classes starting the week of March 15.

“We’re happy to expand our fitness offerings in line with what is permitted under current provincial health orders,” said Jarret Hoebers, Regional Manager with Calgary Recreation. “Enhanced cleaning and safety protocols remain in place and we’ve re-opened Thornhill to add more opportunities to welcome Calgarians back to our facilities.”

Appointments and information for individual or group fitness activities can be found on the City of Calgary’s website.

In accordance with current public health orders, other City-operated recreation facilities that opened in February will continue to be available for one-on-one sports training, low and high-intensity aquatic bookings.

Training, practice, and conditioning activities for youth sport in groups up to a maximum of 10 individuals, including participants, coaches and trainers, are also permitted.

These facilities include:

  • Max Bell Centre: Ken Bracko and Arena #2 (two ice sheets) – 1001 Barlow Trail SE
  • Father David Bauer and Norma Bush arenas (two ice sheets) – 2424 University Drive NW
  • Southland Leisure Centre: Ed Whalen and Joe Kryzcka arenas (two ice sheets) – 2000 Southland Drive SW
  • Optimist and George Blundun arenas (two ice sheets) – 5020 26th Avenue SW
  • Stew Hendry & Henry Viney Arenas (two ice sheets) – 814 13th Avenue NE
  • Calgary Soccer Centre (eight indoor artificial turf fields) – 7000 48th Street SE

Games and league play, public skating, lane swimming, and high-intensity activities are not permitted by public health orders at this time.

Bookings for arenas and pools can be made online. Soccer Centre availability can be viewed online, with booking inquiries directed to [email protected] or 403-268-3800.

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