For Immediate Release / June 18, 2020

Update on City Of St. Albert’s Response to COVID-19

Update for June 18, 2020

The City of St. Albert continues to take a thoughtful and measured approach in its response to COVID-19. Unless listed on the facility closures or in this release, all City services are still available for access by phone, email or online.

Due to the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation, this information is considered current as of the date of distribution.

COVID-19 Emergency Advisory Committee

At its June 18, 2020 meeting, the Emergency Advisory Committee discussed a phased reopening of indoor and outdoor recreation amenities. These phases will roll out gradually over the summer to ensure that we are able to follow provincial public health guidelines and to ensure the safety of both staff and users.

The Committee confirmed that Larry Olexiuk Field and a selection of City ball diamonds will reopen for bookings by sport partners as early as June 28 to July 4. In addition to following Government of Alberta directives on physical distancing and gathering sizes, there will be a number of modifications to how each of these amenities is used.

Modifications to Larry Olexiuk include:

  • Limited arrival and departure time from field
  • Change rooms will be closed so groups must arrive ready to play
  • Groups will be responsible for bringing their own equipment, including filled water bottles

The City ball diamonds that will be reopening as early as June 28 to July 4 include one diamond in each of the following parks:

  • Alpine Park
  • Deer Ridge Park
  • Erin Ridge Park
  • Fountain Park
  • Gatewood Park
  • Mission Park
  • Poplar Park

The Emergency Advisory Committee also confirmed that Woodlands Water Play Park and Woodlands Beach Volleyball will reopen as early as July 12 to 19. 
The water play park will be limited to 100 users. Attendees will be asked to be mindful of others and to limit their visit to two hours maximum. The change rooms will be closed so people should arrive dressed to play. The washroom will be open for public use.

On June 29 and July 6, the Emergency Operations Centre will present business cases to Council on the various facilities that will evaluate 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.

  • On June 29 – the following amenities will be discussed: Servus Place fitness centre, indoor arenas, fitness programing and services; Fountain Park Recreation Centre aquatics and programming; and Jarome Iginla/Kinex Arenas
  • On July 6 – the following amenities will be discussed: Servus Place indoor artificial turf, community gymnasiums, Landrex Water Play Centre and community clubhouses.

The City thanks its residents and patrons as we work through our response to COVID-19.

For more information on COVID-19, please visit the Alberta Health Services website, a link to which is available at stalbert.ca/covid19.

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