Ready to Play: A Return to Sport and Recreation in Kamloops
June 24, 2020 – The City of Kamloops is ready to gradually welcome residents back to sport and recreation in a safe manner starting June 29, 2020, with the opening of more civic facilities and amenities. The reopening of these parks and facilities is part of the City’s gradual reopening plan which is focused on meeting the cleaning and safety protocols outlined by the Province.
With the warmer weather finally arriving in Kamloops, the City is excited to announce that Brock Pool will reopen on June 29. For the first nine days, the pool will be open for drop-in lap swimming and swim groups only to accommodate additional training for the lifeguard staff. On July 6, AquaFit classes will resume Monday–Friday, 10:30–11:30 am.
On Wednesday, July 8, Brock Pool will reopen for public swimming with limited capacity. Until further notice, all children aged 13 years and younger must be accompanied in the pool by an adult to help monitor physical distancing. Visit Kamloops.ca/Swim for weekly schedules. Residents are reminded that Brock Pool is a cash-only facility.
Prince Charles Park Wading Pool
The wading pool at Prince Charles Park will also reopen on June 29 with new restrictions. There will be a maximum of 30 people allowed in the pool area at one time, and children must be accompanied by an adult. City staff will be on site to monitor physical distancing and capacity and may enforce time restrictions as necessary to allow as many people to enjoy the wading pool as possible. The wading pool will be open daily 11:00 am–6:00 pm.
Riverside Park Beach
With the limited pool space in town due to construction at the Canada Games Aquatic Centre and the COVID-19 pandemic, the City is preparing for higher volumes at Riverside Park’s beach. Providing lifeguards at the Riverside Park beach is an important part of the City’s commitment to community safety. This year, in addition to water safety, the lifeguards will have the added responsibility of keeping residents safe on land by encouraging physical distancing on the beach. Once the flood barriers have been removed, the beach will reopen and be staffed by lifeguards seven days a week, weather-permitting:
- Monday–Thursday, 1:00–5:00 pm
- Friday–Sunday, 11:00 am–6:00 pm
Tournament Capital Centre
Effective Monday, the Tournament Capital Centre (TCC) will expand its services with the reopening of the Wellness Centre and the Athlete Performance Centre. Guests are encouraged to leave their valuables at home and to come ready to workout as there will be no access to change rooms. A limited number of coin-operated lockers will be available for $0.25. Per Interior Health guidelines, water fountains will be turned off, but the water bottle refill station will be open, and residents are encouraged to bring their own water bottles.
Please be patient, be respectful to staff and other patrons, and abide by the time limits for equipment. The TCC is open Monday–Saturday, 6:30 am–6:30 pm. Although non-contact forms of payment is preferred, cash is now accepted at TCC. Details on rates and schedules are available at Kamloops.ca/TCC.
Sports Fields and Ice Rinks
Organized sports are expected to ramp up this summer, with many local sport organizations (LSOs) developing their “Return to Sport” plans to address the physical distancing requirements outlined by the Province. Select fields and facilities will be available for booking to LSOs that have an approved safety plan:
- slo-pitch - Tournament Capital Ranch (10) and Pacific Way (2)
- softball/senior slo-pitch - Charles Anderson Stadium (2) and Exhibition Field (1)
- baseball - McArthur Island (11)
- soccer - West Highlands Park (2); Singh Bowl (2); and McArthur Island Fields 7, 8, and 9 only (3)
- community football – lower TCC field (1)
- rugby - Exhibition Park (1)
- cricket - Rae-Mor Park (1)
In addition, the Olympic Rink at McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre will be available for booking effective June 29, and the NHL Rink will be ready July 10. These facilities and fields can be booked at Kamloops.ca/BookNow or by calling 250-828-3600.
The City’s recreation team has also been working hard to develop modified recreational programming, which will also launch in July. In compliance with recommendations set out by the Government of Canada, the Province of BC, viaSport, and the BC Parks and Recreation Association, recreation programs will operate under new protocols, including reduced occupancy limits, cleaning standards, daily health screenings, and first aid adaptations. Registration is open now at Kamloops.ca/PerfectMind for programs such as Tots Soccer and Sportball for kids and tennis and pickleball for adults.
Work Around Home
The City recognizes that not everyone is eager to get out and play and is reinitiating some services to help people with their home and garden projects. The Barnhartvale Landfill, Landfill Diversion Area, and Yard Waste Site will reopen on Friday, June 26. Residents are reminded that this is a cash-only facility. In addition, the City’s textile recycling bins are open and ready for residents’ unwanted textiles such as clothing, footwear, and bedding. Bin locations can be found at Kamloops.ca/Textiles or using the Waste Wise App.
“We’re happy to welcome residents back to more of our facilities in a safe, physically-distanced way,” said Mayor Ken Christian. “We recognize there is great interest in other facilities, such as the arenas, community halls, and Westsyde Pool and Fitness Centre, and we look forward continuing our gradual reopening over the coming months.”
Residents are reminded to stay home if they are feeling ill, if they’ve been exposed to the COVID-19 virus, or if they’ve recently travelled outside of the country. Please practise physical distancing and good hygiene. For more information on the City’s response to COVID-19, visit Kamloops.ca/COVID.