While most of Calgary’s aquatic facilities closed down in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sir Winston Churchill Aquatic and Fitness Centre had already been long closed.
It had shut its doors back in November 2019 to undergo some renovations, which included “upgrades to the lighting, heating and water systems, a new universal change room, modernized washrooms, weight room and studio, enhanced safety and security features including exterior lighting and pool gates, improved accessibility, including an accessible pool pod and a second-floor elevator to fitness amenities and the installation of a water slide,” according to a city release.
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Given that the reopen is taking place during the coronavirus pandemic, the Sir Winston Churchill Centre will be opening on August 4, by appointment only, allowing Calgarians the chance to check out the new look.
“We’re really excited to welcome back more customers,” said Sue Goulden, superintendent of operations with Calgary Recreation, in the release.
“Anyone who has used this facility in the past will notice a lot of upgrades throughout the building. The facility has a new look and atmosphere that will enhance the overall customer experience.”
This marks the fifth city-owned aquatics and recreation facility to be opened during the coronavirus pandemic, which have been allowed to resume operations under Phase 2 of the Province of Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy.
The facility will be open from 6 am to 8:30 pm on weekdays and 7:30 am to 3:30 pm on weekends beginning August 4.