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Marlins Swim Club member Madison Kohut, 13, reaches for the wall as sheworks on her freestyle stroke during a training session at the Red Deer Recreation Centre outdoor pool this week.

Red Deer plans for return of Recreation Centre pool, spray parks, outdoor fitness

The City of Red Deer is planning for the return of outdoor recreational activities.

This week, the provincial government released a three-phase reopening plan, with the first phase beginning Tuesday.

“We are happy to have had the time from the provincial update to plan for the return of recreation and culture pursuits in our city,” says Barb McKee, recreation superintendent.

“We are full of hopeful optimism as we plan for the return of further opportunities in June and July.”

Red Deer’s outdoor pool at the Recreation Centre will be open for household activity reservations and individual lane swim reservations next Thursday.

“We are very much looking forward to a summer full of recreation and culture opportunities, and are happy to get the ball rolling on some of them now,” said McKee.

“The outdoor pool at the Recreation Centre will be operational for the first time since 2019. We are thrilled the community can access this amenity once again – and for a limited time, rent a portion of the pool for one hour for just $25.”

Outdoor fitness will once again offer classes beginning this upcoming Tuesday and summer day camps, which begin in July, are now open for registration. Full-day summer camp options are being developed – the city is expecting to release more information soon.

Local sports organizations can rent outdoor fields and diamonds to host training sessions for up to 10 people, including coaches.

The Blue Grass Sod Farm Central Spray and Play and the water feature at Kin Kanyon will open for public use on Saturday.

Activity Reservations are bookable beginning on Saturday through Look ‘n Book.

Registration is currently open for:

  • Summer Day Camps for children aged 3-17 years
  • Preschool programming
  • Private swim lessons
  • Outdoor fitness
  • Household Activity Reservations for the ball diamonds and artificial turf at Setters Place and Great Chief Park
  • Virtual programming, including arts and culture, fitness, and family programming
  • Picnic shelters are bookable for gatherings of up to 10 people

More information about the impacts of phase two and three of the provincial reopening plan will be released as those milestones draw near.

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