Municipal Facilities & Playgrounds
Following the release of the provincial government's Relaunch Strategy, the City is opening facilities and recreation amenities and phases are announced and permission is given.
"We know people are anxious to resume their daily lives and activities," said Mayor Barry Morishita. "We will slowly begin reopening some of our facilities and playgrounds yet remain vigilant in preventing the spread of COVID-19 in our community."
Following advice and recommendations in the provincial Relaunch Strategy, as well as guidelines from Alberta's Chief Medical Officer of Health, the following facilities and amenities will be open on the following dates:
- The tentative date for the CRA Ice Surface and walking track to reopen is September 1st. This is based on anticipated start dates for major users and the cost of building ice during summer months.
- Open Swim times will resume as of July 6th. There will be scheduled open swim times outside of all other programs. Participant numbers will be limited to 70 participants and social distancing is required.
- Water Fitness Classes will begin as early as July 6th. Classes will be held at scheduled times and will use entire pool. Classes will be drop in only.
- Lane Swim will open on July 6th. Users will sign up for scheduled time slots and utilize every other lane. Self-directed water fitness in the wave pool will be available during certain times.
- Swimming Lessons will resume on July 6th. For lower levels, participants to be accompanied by a caregiver from the same household to maintain physical distancing requirements. For higher levels and older age groups, caregiver won't be required but physical distancing requirements are in place.
- Summer Camps will increase their capacity on July 6th to 60 participants per day.
- The Fitness Centre hours of operation will be extended on June 22nd. Users will no longer need to book time slots. The operating hours will be Monday through Friday, 6 am to 9 pm (9 pm to 10 pm Members only), and weekends 8 am to 8 pm (8 pm to 9 pm Members only).
- The Fitness Centre will reopen on June 15th. There are 1.5-hour time slots with sign-up required ahead of time. There will be a maximum of thirty (30) patrons allowed in the fitness area for each time slot. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 6 am to 6 pm.
- Summer Camps with a maximum 40 children per day will commence on June 15th. Additional protocols are in place for participants.
- The Water Spray Park will be open by the end of the day on Friday June 12th. There will be rules in place regarding physical distancing and hand hygiene. These rules will be posted at the park and need to be adhered to. As well, the usual regulations are still in place: the sprayers will only come on if it is above 20 degrees and the park will be open from 9 am to 9 pm.
- By the end of the day Friday, May 29, all City of Brooks playgrounds will be open.
- The West End, Duke of Sutherland and Regional Ball Park playgrounds will be open by the end of the day Monday, May 25.
- City operated facilities City Hall, Public Works and the Fire Hall will be open on Monday, May 25. As safety is top priority, phone calls and emails are strongly encouraged as well as making appointments to meet with staff. Operational adjustments will be made to mitigate the risk of transmission.
- By the end of day Friday, May 22, tennis and pickleball courts will be open for spontaneous, non-contact, unorganized sport only. Community sports fields will also be open. All users must comply with social distancing and gathering regulations.
The ability to keep facilities open will depend on the public's compliance with provincial public health orders. Users are reminded of the following restrictions and guidelines when using these amenities:
- Follow all posted rules and requirements for use. Signs will be posted at indoor and outdoor facilities where required and sites will be monitored for compliance. Parents ARE REQUIRED to closely monitor their children and make sure rules are being followed.
- Maintain physical distance of 2 metres/6 feet between participants (unless from the same household).
- Only non-contact, unorganized sport is permitted until restrictions are lifted.
- Bring your own equipment and avoid activities that require shared equipment.
- Wash/sanitize hands often.
We thank residents for their ongoing support and cooperation in following all public health orders as we evaluate and open amenities and facilities when it is safe to do so. Together, let's continue to bring down our active COVID-19 numbers!