Following the orders and guidelines set out by the provincial and local health authority and through a high level of collaboration with organizations and associations within the recreation sector, the Society is working through a phased “recreation restart plan” to increase access to facilities and recreation services. As we move through the reopening framework, each facility must have a plan developed that meets all requirements and guidelines from the provincial and regional health authorities and, WorkSafeBC.
On Tuesday June 2, 2020 the Community Weight Room reopened with a safety plan in place and new guidelines for use. Our services for this first phase of reopening will be for to those who held current memberships at the time of closure only, no new memberships or drop-ins will be permitted as this time. To ensure proper physical distancing we have a maximum capacity of 8 members in the facility at one time, and are utilizing a new scheduling system for these members to book their workout times in advance. The facility is open Tuesday-Saturday 6:00am-8:30pm.
Outdoor programs continue including Tai Chi, Yoga, Introduction to Canoeing and Tiny Trail Trekkers. Sun Fun Day Camps (6-12 years) will be running 9:00am-4:00pm, Monday to Friday, June 28-August 28 with limited numbers of participants and new guidelines for how to participate in the fun activities and outings being planned by Camp Leaders. Tykes Camps (3-5 years) will be running 9:00am-12:00pm, Monday to Friday, July 6 – August 28 with themed crafts, songs and games each week. Stay tuned for additional summer program information such as Youth Adventure Camps and Skate Camps at the new Small Wheels Park.
The Oliver Community Centre is now available for use by registered recreation programs and for rent by small user groups (under 50 people) with approved safety plans in place.
As of Monday, June 22 the Oliver Community Pool will open for the season with a safety plan in place and new policies and procedures developed to minimize the risk COVID-19 poses to the health of its employees and to the public. Swimming and other related activated are excellent ways to get the physical activity needed for a healthy lifestyle. The use of swimming pools is considered a low risk activity as long as the pool is operated and maintained properly and everyone does their part to keep others safe. Appropriate care should be taken both in and outside the pool, to protect yourself and others. It is imperative that all posted guidelines and directions from the Lifeguards are followed at all times. To view the updated pool schedule, swimming lesson information and know what to consider before coming to the facility please visit http://www.oliverrecreation.ca/
Until such time that we are confident in our plans to mitigate the risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19, the Oliver Arena and Meeting Rooms 1 & 2 will remain closed.
Public Recreation Facilities that are OPEN:
• Rotary Park & Playground
• Lion’s Park: Playground, Small Wheels Park, Off-leash Dog Park
• Kinsmen Playground & Spray Park
• Tots & Tykes Playground (Community Park)
• Tennis/Pickleball Courts
• Ball Diamonds (for passive use or via user group rental with approved safety plan)
• All Park Washrooms 8:00am-8:00pm
• Recreation Office Mon-Fri 8:30-4:30
• Community Weight Room (Tues-Sat 6:00am-8:30pm for current members only)
• Community Hall for programs and user group rental (under 50 people) with safety plan in place
• Oliver Community Pool *as of June 22
Please visit our website https://www.oliverrecreation.ca and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/OliverParksandRecreation/ for regular updates to program and facility schedules.
Thank you to the Oliver and Area C community for your continued support and for doing your part to keep others safe in Greater Oliver.
The Oliver Parks and Recreation Team