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Up and Running: Bold Center track to reopen on July 2 — splash park opens June 26

Arenas remain closed, but splash park and Bold fitness center to open within two weeks.

LAC LA BICHE - Some Lac La Biche County recreation facilities will be part of a staggered launch over the next two weeks — but some areas will remain closed for a while longer as COVID-19 protocols continue to unfold.

Municipal officials announced today that the Fork Lake Campsite and the Paul Richard Memorial Splash Park would re-open to the public on June 26.

"Please obey all posted signage in these areas," say county officials.

The opening of recreational areas across the province is part of the second stage of the Alberta Government's relaunch plan. Last week, provincial officials said that pools, recreation facilities and fitness centres could re-open. Other changes included larger capacities for dine-in restaurants and larger attendance at outdoor and indoor events.

Lac La Biche County officials say the relaunch allows them to open facilities and areas in phases, in accordance with Alberta Health recommendations.

Fitness centre and track to open

On July 2, municipal officials plan to open a portion of the Bold Center to the public.  

"The Fitness Centre, CNRL Walking Track, and Field House 2 will be open from 12 pm to 8 pm each day," says municipal spokesperson Jihad Moghrabi, "with a limited number of patrons allowed in each area at a given time."

Anyone wanting to use the services will have to pre-register by calling 780-623-3829.  Users of the facility will also adhere to time restrictions on how long they can use the services, in order to allow other users into the facility. If the facility is full with registered users, walk-ins will not be allowed.

Patrons will be able to call 780-623-3829 to book a time, and will be asked to limit their time in the Fitness Centre or on the Walking Track to allow other users into the facility.

More details on facility rules will be posted closer to the reopening date on the county's website.


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The skating arenas and Field House 1 will remain closed at this time. Dates for reopening these parts of the Bold Center will be announced in the near future.

Pool remains closed

Although pools are able to reopen in phase two of Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy, Alberta Health Services’ guidelines would only allow a very small number of patrons to use Portage Pool at any given time, and users would be unable to enter change rooms. As such, Portage Pool will remain closed for the time being. A date for reopening Portage Pool will be announced in the near future.

"Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we continue to safely relaunch County facilities, programs, and services," notes Moghrabi.

Rob McKinley

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