Facility Reopening Preparation
The City is working on a phased, measured approach to reopen its municipal facilities in a way that minimizes risks, respects the public health orders that remain in place and balances the current resource restraints brought on by the pandemic.
Depending on the provincial guidelines and restrictions, facilities may not be able to accommodate the same experience as they did prior to the pandemic.
At the June 11 Emergency Management Advisory Committee meeting, six guiding principles were reviewed and discussed and will be taken into consideration when planning for recreational and cultural facility reopening:
- Outdoor facilities will be prioritized over indoor, to the extent feasible
- Facilities will be brought back when they are ready, using cost-recovery to the extent possible
- Identify what regional partners are doing and consider the impacts of our decisions
- Where possible, prioritize reopening to meet the demand of user-groups
- Impacts to service levels and resource capacity will be considered
- Organizational risk and responsibilities
The Emergency Operations Centre on behalf of Administration will present a Master Plan for facility reopening at the June 18, 2020 Emergency Management Advisory Committee.
Reopening facilities is complex, and we appreciate everyone’s patience as this process will take time. There are numerous steps the City must take to ensure the safety and well-being of our employees and patrons:
- Preparing each facility to reopen (cleaning, maintenance, functionality, new operating procedures)
- Completing existing annual maintenance and repair work – this work was carried out while facilities were closed to avoid closures later this year. There are no expected closures of facilities until the next annual shut-down cycle.
- Facilities that are currently undergoing maintenance and will have a delayed re-entry include: Jarome Iginla and Kinex Arenas and Fountain Park. Woodlands Skateboard Park is also under construction and will not open in 2020.
- Preparing our employees to operate each facility (recall of employees, training, scheduling, implementing new operational and safety procedures)
- Completing a financial assessment on the various facilities and evaluating factors including operational capacity based on provincial guidelines, the costs of opening and the potential revenue, resources including both physical and human resources and timelines.
- Preparing appropriate safety procedures (offering services while respecting the public health orders – e.g., mass gathering and physical distancing guidelines, modifications to reduce or eliminate the spread of COVID-19)
- Ensuring compliance with safety protocols, public health orders and new operating procedures (reviewing, testing and adapting procedures)
Specific facilities may require additional work for them to open to the public. Examples include:
- Pools and spray parks require the filling of pools, flushing water systems, chemical balancing the water, approval of water testing and sampling by Alberta Health Services, etc.
- Arenas require the start up of ice plants, building ice surfaces, etc.
- Fitness spaces require modifying space and equipment setups to meet provincial guidelines related to COVID-19.
Information on facility reopening will be released to the public as its confirmed.
Last edited: June 15, 2020