Here's Calgary's timeline for reopening recreational facilities this summer

Jun 25 2020, 1:23 pm

Calgary is getting back to (some semblance of) normal.

The City of Calgary has announced its timeline for reopening recreational facilities throughout the summer, with everything from ice rinks to golf courses to spray parks landing on the list.

According to the city, all locations have established procedures with public and staff safety being top priority, given that the COVID-19 pandemic is still a real threat to the population.

“The public can expect a different experience when they return to City-operated recreation facilities,” said Calgary Recreation Superintendent Michelle Tait in the release.

“We are helping to ensure the safety of staff and customers by introducing COVID-19 user terms and conditions in alignment with provincial public health guidelines. These include access by appointment, physical distancing, gathering restrictions, hand hygiene and staying home if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.”

The Glenmore Reservoir was reopened to the public earlier this month, though the Glenmore Sailing School and boat rentals will be closed for the remainder of the summer.

Calgary’s tennis courts, running tracks, playfields, and the cycling velodrome have also been previously reopened.

The city expects to open all city-owned golf courses by June 26, as well as all driving ranges and putting greens.

June 29 will see the opening of The George Blunden, Henry Viney, Optimist, and Stu Hendry arenas.

The Norma Bush, Stu Peppard, and Shouldice arenas have already been reopened with dry pads for non-ice sports, the release states.

Early July will see the Bowness Park Wading Pool, the Prairie Winds Park Spray Park and Wading Pool, the Rotary Park Spray Park, and the South Glenmore Spray Park open to the public on an as-of-yet undetermined date.

The Bob Bahan, Canyon Meadows, Glenmore, and Killarney aquatic and fitness centres will all be reopened on July 20.

Come August 4, Calgarians will see the opening of the Jimmy Condon, Joseph Kryczka, Max Bell 1 and 2, and Rose Kohn arenas, with all other city-owned arenas expected to open in September.

June 25 also marks not only this announcement but the start of registration for youth summer camps, including the Outdoor Summer Art Studio 2020 and Outdoor Active 2020 — both for children aged six to 12 years of age.

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