Re-Opening of some Recreation Centres
Calgary Recreation has announced that the following City-operated facilities will reopen.
Sir Winston Churchill Aquatic & Recreation Centre, Jimmie Condon Arena, Rose Kohn Arena Max Bell Centre – Ken Bracko Arena and Arena #2 and Southland Leisure Centre – Ed Whalen Arena and Joseph Kryczka Arena.
Similar to the reopening of previous City-operated indoor recreation facilities, we are asking all patrons to observe recent health and safety measures aligned to the Government of Alberta Stage 2 relaunch guidelines for recreation and fitness facilities.
In accordance with The City’s new temporary bylaw mandating face coverings in public indoor spaces, beginning August 1, 2020, patrons will be required to wear face coverings inside recreation facilities when not engaging in an athletic or fitness activity.
All health and safety information for aquatic and fitness facilities is posted online at calgary.ca/pools while information for arenas is available at calgary.ca/arenas. Health and safety signage is also posted at all City-operated facilities.
Sir Winston Churchill is the fifth City-operated aquatic and fitness facility to reopen. People can make online appointments starting Wednesday, Jul. 29 at 12:30 p.m.
The facility’s appointment schedules can be found by visiting calgary.ca/dropin. The pool at Sir Winston Churchill will be available for lane swimming, self-led deep-water exercises, lane walking and family swim times. There will be a limited number of swimmers allowed in the pool at one time. Weight and cardio equipment users will notice additional distance between equipment and separated stretching areas.
The Sir Winston Churchill facility was closed for planned renovations on Nov. 30, 2019. The following is an overview of the completed renovations:
- Upgrades to the chlorination system
- A new universal change room and staff change room
- Modernized washrooms, office area, weight room and studios
- Enhanced safety and security features, including, emergency call stations, exterior lighting and pool gates
- Improved accessibility, including an accessible pool pod, accessible washrooms, change rooms on both floors and a second-floor elevator to fitness amenities
- Resurfaced parking lot
- Sanitary line (drain line) replacement
- Installation of a water slide
With respect to arenas, The City will reopen six additional ice sheets at three locations (Jimmie Condon/Rose Kohn Arenas, Max Bell Centre and Southland Leisure Centre). This will increase The City’s total number of available ice sheets to 10 at five locations. All 10 ice sheets are available for user group bookings. Online booking for public skating is expected to be available in the fall.
Future facility openings will be based on demand and the completion of capital projects currently under way.
$1.1 billion in Municipal Financial Supports and Stimulus Funding Announced
Last week the Government of Alberta (GoA) announced that Alberta municipalities will receive more than $1.1 billion to build core infrastructure, support municipal and public transit operating costs, and create an estimated 2,500 immediate jobs. The Alberta government is providing municipalities $500 million to build shovel-worthy infrastructure projects starting in 2020, creating thousands of jobs as part of their Alberta Recovery Plan. Municipalities can apply immediately for funding for their infrastructure projects that can be constructed either this year and/or next year, 2020 & 2021.
In addition, Alberta will be receiving $233 million to support municipal operating costs during the pandemic and $70 million to support public transit operating costs from the Government of Canada (GoC). This funding will be matched by the Government of Alberta, for a total operating funding support under the federal Safe Restart Agreement of $606 million.
The Calgary Context
The GoA states The City of Calgary’s (The City) share of their announced $500 million Municipal Stimulus Program is $152.8 million for capital projects in 2020 and 2021. Eligible municipal projects include roads, bridges, water and wastewater systems, public transit and recreation. Details on the program can be found here.
What this means for Ward 4?
I submitted a list of projects that would benefit Ward 4 and the Centre North, and these were relayed to Edmonton via our hard working MLAs. The list included, Green Line Phase 2; Deerfoot Trail/Beddington Trail overpass addition; funding for recreation and library renovations in our Ward; McKnight BLVD and North Haven expansion that has been on the books since 2003. Along with dozens more projects, that with funding would benefit our area and City and improve our transit and quality of life.
I am working with our local MLAs to push for more funding on these much needed projects that will benefit the Centre North. These projects are long overdue for our area, and I am glad that with co-operation with my colleagues in Edmonton that we are making progress.