More recreation and leisure facilities to re-open

More recreation and leisure facilities to re-open

Beginning Tuesday, September 8,  additional recreation and leisure facilities previously closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic will re-open. 

The following indoor pool facilities and leisure centres will open on September 8:

  • Eldon Ross Pool
  • Transcona Indoor Pool
  • Kinsmen Sherbrook Pool
  • Elmwood Kildonans Pool
  • Magnus Eliason Recreation Centre
  • Mayfair Recreation Centre
  • St. John’s Leisure Centre
  • Turtle Island Neighbourhood Centre

Based on facility capacities, limited services include public swim, free swim, fitness services, general facility reservation bookings, equipment loans and drop-in programming.

Residents are encouraged to book swim blocks and fitness blocks prior to arriving at the facilities, as there is no guarantee of available blocks for registration upon arrival. The blocks will be offered on a week-by-week basis and reservations can be made up to 30 minutes in advance of the pre-reserved time (space permitting). Every Thursday, another week of swim and fitness blocks will be added to what’s available for registration.

Register at leisureONLINE to reserve an available block, or contact 311 for assistance in registering. Residents can also register on-site for available blocks, as facilities open.

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Capacity at these facilities is limited to ensure physical distancing guidelines are maintained. Individuals are asked to maintain a distance of at least two metres from every other individual who is not in their household. Pools and fitness areas will be closed to the public for 30 minutes between the two-hour blocks to sanitize and allow for reasonable time for public to vacate the facility prior to the next scheduled block.

Access to lockers and change rooms/showers will be limited and spaced out to follow social distancing guidelines. Please come dressed to swim and ready to use the fitness amenities. There will only be limited quantities of lifejackets on-site for public use; however, swimmers may bring their own lifejackets, flutter boards and toys. Permission to use toys will be left to the discretion of the lifeguard. Each pool will have posted signs and zone markings to follow. Hand sanitizing stations will be available at each entrance.

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Swimming lessons and Leisure Guide programs

From Tuesday, September 8 until Saturday, September 26, the City will be offering condensed swimming lessons at the following locations:

  • Pan Am Pool
  • Cindy Klassen Recreation Complex
  • St. James Assiniboia Centennial
  • Elmwood Kildonans Pool
  • Seven Oaks Pool
  • Margaret Grant Pool

All swimming lessons will have staggered start and end times to help reduce congregations at the entrance/exit. Registration will begin on Monday, August 31 at 8 a.m. via leisureONLINE or by contacting 311.

It’s anticipated that Fall 2020 Leisure Guide programming will begin at the end of September. More information regarding registration and programs will be announced in the coming weeks.