Some Edmonton rec centres, attractions to reopen this week as Alberta moves to Stage 2

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Edmontonians will be able to visit some recreation centres and city attractions this week.

On Monday, the city announced a phased reopening of its facilities, programs and services beginning Thursday when the province moves to Stage 2.

Although all gyms and indoor entertainment spaces can open at the same time, with some restrictions, the city said a gradual approach is necessary after being closed for months due to provincial health restrictions.
“We appreciate that some people will want us to reopen more quickly as they are eager to return to their regular activities,” said Roger Jevne, branch manager for community and recreation facilities, in a news release.

“We are phasing the reopening of facilities to ensure they are ready for Edmontonians. With many of our buildings closed for some time we must recall (up to 1,300) staff on temporary layoff and ensure facilities are ready for the public.”


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Public health measures remain in effect

Facilities will be limited to 33 per cent of fire code capacity, and as a result, residents will have to register for timed entry to recreation centres and attractions at starting Tuesday.

Face coverings will be mandatory at all facilities, in line with the city’s bylaw. Those who are unable to wear one as a result of a medical condition deemed eligible by the province can provide an exemption letter from a medical professional.

Three metres of physical distancing will be mandated at recreation centres and two metres at other facilities. Equipment in fitness centres will be spaced three metres apart.

Facilities will undergo regular cleanings during the day and deep cleanings at night.

Opening this week

Starting Thursday, fitness centres and gyms at Clareview, Commonwealth, Terwillegar and The Meadows community recreation centres will reopen for individual use and fitness programs.

Kinsmen Sports Centre will reopen for individual use of the fitness centre and fieldhouse. Organized sports teams will be able to use the aquatic centre.

Indoor spaces at the Edmonton Valley Zoo will reopen Thursday, with face coverings required at both indoor and outdoor spaces.

After a two-year closure, the newly-renovated Muttart Conservatory will reopen on Friday. Timed entry can be reserved on

The Heritage Amphitheater will start taking bookings on Friday, with face coverings required in covered and uncovered spaces.


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Sixteen city arenas will reopen this week with ice or concrete areas for youth and adult sport and training groups.

The outdoor spray pad will reopen at The Meadows Community Recreation Centre, though the city did not specify when.

Indoor fitness amenity use and program in facilities will resume at some point this week, with program details and registration available at

Indoor spaces such as Yorath House will be available for rental for weddings and other events that are allowed under Stage 2 with a gathering limit of 20 people.

Next week

Queen Elizabeth, Fred Broadstock and Oliver outdoor pools will open for the season on June 14. Kinsmen Sports Centre Aquatic Centre will also open then for individual use.

St. Francis Xavier Sports Centre will open for sport user groups along with individual and group personal training, based on demand, during the week of June 14 to June 20

The City of Edmonton Archives in the Prince of Wales Armouries will allow in-person visits, though the city did not specify when.

Commonwealth Stadium and Clarke Stadium will reopen sometime next week.

The City Hall Fountain will reopen on June 15.


Summer day camp registration is now open at Camps are set to begin on July 5, as long as the province moves to Stage 3 by then as expected.

Free drop-in summer playground programming will open on July 12 and run to August 27.

A decision on Canada Day fireworks will be announced in mid-June.


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