The City of Kamloops is preparing to open more facilities as the province gets set to move into phase 3 of its economic reopening amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The outdoor pool in Brocklehurst will reopen on Monday, 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, Mondays to Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. On Wednesday, July 8, Brock Pool will reopen for public swimming with limited capacity. Until further notice, all children ages 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 downtown will also reopen on Monday, 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 from 11 a.m, to 6 p.m.
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. This year, in addition to water safety, lifeguards will have the added responsibility of 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, Mondays to Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays to Sundays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tournament Capital Centre
Effective Monday, June 29, the Tournament Capital Centre will expand its services with the reopening of the Wellness Centre (gym) and the Athlete Performance Centre. Users 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 25 cents. 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. The TCC’s indoor track reopened on June 1. The TCC is open Mondays to Saturdays from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Cash, debit cards and credit cards are accepted as payment. 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 developing plans to address the physical-distancing requirements outlined by the province. Select fields and facilities will be available for booking to local sports groups 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
• 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 Monday, June 29, and the NHL Rink will be ready on Friday, July 10. These facilities and fields can be booked at Kamloops.ca/BookNow or by calling 250-828-3600.
Modified recreational programming 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.
The Barnhartvale landfill and yard waste site will reopen on Friday, June 26. Residents are reminded 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.
Now open and soon to reopen
The city’s spray parks opened on June 1, while other arenas, community halls and the Westsyde Pool and Fitness Centre will reopen at later dates.