Many families in the City of Vancouver will be delighted to know that select indoor fitness and ice arenas are set to re-open in September.
The Vancouver Park Board, in partnership with local community centre associations, will begin by reopening 12 fitness centres in mid-September, with the remaining 12 locations reopening in a phased approach later this fall. Similarly, Kerrisdale, Sunset, and Trout Lake arenas are scheduled to reopen September 21, with the remaining arenas aiming to reopen the following month.
Fitness centres will reopen under new guidelines to promote physical distancing. This also includes introducing an online reservation system for visitors, with 20 per cent of spaces being reserved for onsite drop-in. Leisure Access Program (LAP) patrons will be provided a code to make reservations.
Initially, arenas will only be available for organized play by permit holders, but plans to expand access to the general public are underway, and will be offered once the required health and safety precautions are put in place.
Since May, the Park Board has reopened golf courses, VanDusen Botanical Garden, Bloedel Conservatory, tennis and pickleball courts, pitch & putts, skate parks, sports fields, basketball and volleyball courts, disc golf, roller hockey, multisport courts, playgrounds, spray parks, outdoor pools and other priority programs.
The Park Board continues to review the feasibility of reopening other facilities and services and will make adjustments to its operations based on the latest information provided by VCH, the Provincial Health Officer, and industry partners. In anticipation of federal and provincial funding support, the Park Board has developed a phased safe-return plan for indoor pools, and aims to provide a timeline in the coming weeks.
For more information about the status of services and facilities impacted by COVID-19, please visit: vancouver.ca/ParkBoardRestart.
Arenas and Fitness Centres Re-Opening: