City announces first phase of recreation facility reopenings
June 18, 2020

The City is opening a select number of recreation facilities and arenas with modified offerings starting in July. There will be necessary and significant changes to how the public will use the facilities and the overall operations. Changes will be in place to ensure all public health guidelines are followed, including physical distancing, gathering restrictions, hand hygiene, and staying home if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

The following facilities will re-open:

Arenas - opening between July 2 and July 13
  • Kenilworth Arena (July 2)
  • Clareview Twin Arena (July 2)
  • Londonderry Arena (July 2)
  • Callingwood Twin Arena (July 2)
  • Mill Woods Twin Arena (July 2)
  • Castle Downs Twin Arena (July 6)
  • Russ Barnes Arena (July 7)
  • The Meadows Twin Arena (July 13)

New bookings for summer ice/concrete rentals in eight reopening arenas can resume starting July 2. Bookings already made for July, in those facilities, will proceed. Arenas are available only for bookings. Public skating and shinny hockey will not be offered.

Fitness Centres/Fitness Studios, Gyms/Fieldhouses - opening beginning July 6
  • Clareview Community Recreation Centre
  • Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre
  • Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre
  • The Meadows Community Recreation Centre
  • Kinsmen Sports Centre (Reopening date in July to be determined)

Access to fitness centres, fitness studios, gyms and courts for select sports and fieldhouses will be available. Outdoor Fitness Programs are currently offered, and information will be available at edmonton.ca/outdoorfitness as of June 19.

Running Tracks inside facilities and Indoor Playgrounds will not be available. Child Minding and indoor instructor/leader-led drop-in classes will not be offered at this time. 

People who wish to use the facility will need to book a time online through movelearnplay.edmonton.ca. The date when bookings will be accepted online will be announced soon. People without computer access or a device can call 311 to book.

Aquatic Centres - opening July 20 
* These are the only facilities with aquatics amenities reopening

  • Clareview Community Recreation Centre
  • Jasper Place Leisure Centre
  • Bonnie Doon Leisure Centre
  • Kinsmen Sports Centre (Partial reopening date in July to be determined)

Aquatic centres will be restricted to modified lane swimming, aquafit classes, swimming lessons, public swim and rentals.

User Group rental opportunities will be available in arenas, gyms/fieldhouses and studios. 

As Edmontonians return to City facilities, they will see and experience a number of differences including limits to how many people can be in a facility. Signage will be in place to help people know what they must do when they come into the facilities.

More information will be provided in the coming days and weeks.

Media Opportunity
A media availability will be held on Friday, June 19 at 12:45 pm in the Heritage Room, City Hall. News media are invited to join the Interim City Manager Adam Laughlin, and Roger Jevne, the Branch Manager of Community and Recreation Facilities for comments about the relaunch of a first phase of recreation facilities.

The event will be livestreamed on the City of Edmonton’s YouTube page.

Remote participation and video:
Please RSVP to Kris Berezanski at kris.berezanski@edmonton.ca . News media will have the opportunity to ask questions. Please note that a pool camera will be fed live to broadcasters via Global's TOC feed from City Hall. After the event, a link to the recording is available upon request.
For more information:

Media contact:
Communications Advisor
Communications and Engagement
780-868-0103