Reduced fees for users as city facilities ready to reopen

The City of Red Deer is adjusting admission fees for some recreation facilities as a result of reduced services due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The city announced Wednesday it will have consistent, interim fees for all facilities.

For infants under two years, admission is free; children between the ages of three and 12 are $2.75; $3.85 for youth from 13 to 17, $4.90 for seniors and $5.40 for adults 18 and over.

“We have had to reduce services to align with public health guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic and believe these interim fees will better reflect the services available across our facilities,” said recreation and parks manager Shelley Gagnon.

“We remain committed to service excellence and believe that, while the experience will be different, it will be a positive one for our facility users.”

User groups returned to the Michener Aquatic Centre on Monday, and lane swimming will be back on July 13, with aquatic fitness classes on July 20.

Also on July 20, there will be openings at the Collicutt Centre and G.H. Dawe Community Centre, including public swimming, access to indoor fitness areas and walking track, and the field house and gymnasium.

The city has set out several guidelines for its facilities, including required reservations, capacity limits, participants coming dressed for their activity and arriving no more than 10 minutes prior to the reservation.

Facilities will have reduced hours and free access to locker rooms.

Certain amenities will not operate during phase two, including hot tubs, steam rooms, saunas, childminding, drop-in skating and climbing.

In addition, spectator areas will remain closed, with caregivers only dropping off and picking up participants.

“We are excited to welcome the community back to our facilities,” said Gagnon.

“We know things will look different, and while we aren’t able to offer all of our normal services, we are confident we will still deliver an enjoyable recreation experience at an affordable cost.”

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