Chestermere Recreation Centre is OPEN!

As per the Government of Alberta’s Open for Summer plan, the Chestermere Rec Centre is OPEN with no provincial restrictions in place.

Although masking is no longer required, we ask members and users to remain vigilant and practice safe physical distancing when necessary. Also, if you are feeling sick, please stay home!

We thank our members and users for sticking it out with us as we navigated ever-changing restrictions and protocols this past year and a half.

Sincerely,
CRCA Management & Staff


The CRCA is pleased to announce the Chestermere Recreation Centre will re-open today, Thursday, June 10, 2021, as per Step 2 of the Government of Alberta’s re-opening plan.

We are excited to welcome users back to the Rec Centre, with some provincial restrictions and regulations, which are as follows: 

  • The facility will be open at 30% of fire code occupancy. All venue bookings will be subject to occupancy restrictions (these restrictions depend on which space is rented). 
  • Youth and adult sports can resume with no restrictions, indoors and outdoors.
  • Spectators are welcome to attend indoor and outdoor physical activities, and performances provided occupancy restrictions are followed. All spectators must wear masks and physical distance.
  • Change rooms and showers are open and available for sport and athletic group use. Masks must be worn in changerooms.
  • Gyms and fitness studios are open for solo and drop-in activities and indoor fitness classes with appropriate provincially mandated measures.
  • Wearing a mask is required in public spaces and during indoor non-sport activities such as church sessions and meetings.
  • Three metres of physical distancing is necessary in public spaces such as lobbies, spectator areas, and while participating in non-sport activities.
  • Funeral services – up to 20 people, indoors and outdoors, are allowed (receptions permitted outdoors only).
  • Wedding ceremonies – up to 20 people, indoors and outdoors, are allowed (receptions permitted outdoors only).

Full details of the province’s Stage 2 re-opening can be found here: https://www.alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the CRCA has dedicated its efforts to following all Government of Alberta restrictions. We will continue to do so as the province re-opens and will ensure the facility is safe, clean and sanitized for all users. 

If you have any questions about your upcoming venue rental or would like to book additional space, please contact us

The CRCA is SO excited to welcome everyone back to the facility, and we look forward to seeing you soon!


June 1, 2021

We’re happy to announce that as of June 1, the Chestermere Rec Centre is open for outdoor venue rentals ONLY.

For now, according to Step 1 of the Province of Alberta’s ‘Open for Summer Plan,’ beginning today (June 1), outdoor physical, performance and recreation activities – up to 10 distanced people of all ages can resume.

Once the province moves to Step 2 (expected June 10), the CRCA will be allowed to fully re-open the centre for all other venue rentals.

Contact us today to book one of our baseball fields or soccer pitches!


Chestermere Recreation Centre Temporarily Closed – May 9 

Following this week’s announced provincial restrictions, the CRCA has closed the Chestermere Recreation Centre effective immediately, adhering to AHS guidelines. This temporary closure will remain in effect until the Alberta Government lifts its current restrictions. This closure applies to all tenants and venue rentals (both indoor and outdoor). 

We look forward to welcoming everyone back when it is safe to do so. Please stay tuned to our website in the coming weeks for reopening details. 

Full details of the new provincial restrictions can be found here: https://www.alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx


May 4, 2021

On Thursday, April 29, new restrictions were placed on Covid “hotspot” areas by the Government of Alberta. Several of the “hotspots” (Calgary, Okotoks, Rocky View County and Airdrie) are located nearby the Chestermere Recreation Centre. Our Alberta Health Services Representative has advised the CRCA not to allow individuals from these “hotspots” to participate in indoor activities at the Chestermere Recreation Centre.

Therefore effective immediately, any INDOOR bookings scheduled for individuals who reside in Calgary, Okotoks, Rocky View County or Airdrie (or any identified “hotspot”) will be cancelled. This new restriction applies to ALL age groups.

OUTDOOR activities for these groups are still permitted, following all public health rules.

Chestermere residents (and those not residing in a “hotspot” area) may continue to book the facility in line with all public health measures. 

In accordance with the newly announced provincial restrictions, the CRCA will close on Sunday, May 9 at 11:59 p.m. until restrictions lift. This closure includes all tenants.

Full details of the new provincial restrictions can be found here: https://www.alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx.


April 19, 2021

Effective April 19, the Government of Alberta has placed additional restrictions on City of Calgary youth gatherings. Extra-curricular activities are not permitted for grade 7 to 12 youth residing in that city. This includes homeschooled students.

To comply with these restrictions, the CRCA is not permitted to accommodate youth groups from Calgary for extra-curricular activities in our centre. This means we cannot accept any venue rentals catering to grade 7 to 12 youth residing in the City of Calgary for any activity.

Venue rentals will be permitted again when in-person learning resumes in the City of Calgary.

We thank you for your understanding.


April 7, 2021

On April 6, 2021, Alberta’s Government re-introduced previous Covid-19 restrictions in sport and recreation, transitioning back to Phase 1 of Alberta’s Re-Opening Plan. As a result, the CRCA must make some changes to our current rentals, effective Thursday, April 8, 2021. 

  •  All indoor sporting rentals must be for minor sports (18 years and under) and only up to ten people, including the training staff/coaches.   
  • Only one youth group can occupy an indoor playing surface at a time (i.e., ice, gym, or pitch).
  • More than one youth group may occupy outdoor playing surfaces (i.e., diamond, pitch, or court) as long as three-metre physical distancing is maintained. Groups may only be up to 10 people and may not intermingle.
  • Adult group recreation is NOT permitted and must be cancelled. Adult training can still take place for one-on-one training with a certified trainer only. 

The CRCA will work with user groups to sort out their bookings and find additional ice times/facility bookings for those who require it. We will do this in as fair a process as possible. 

  • We are reducing our ice rates to reflect the ten people maximum allowed on the ice. Primetime rentals will be $177.55, and non-prime will remain at $99.50. Members can find further rate details here. These rates will be in effect until restrictions are lifted.
  • If user groups wish to cancel their bookings due to the new restrictions, we will offer a credit on your account or a refund if necessary.
  • Groups currently operating with ten people (or less) only in different facility areas will have no changes to their bookings.
  • Family household cohort rentals are permitted. 

Users can find further details about the reverted public health measures from the Government of Alberta here.


March 14, 2021

In addition to the previously noted easing of restrictions (found in previous updates below), the following are now permitted at the Chestermere Rec Centre:

  • Scouts/Girl Guides may resume.
  • Weddings with a maximum of 10 people. Receptions are NOT allowed at this time.
  • Funerals with a maximum of 20 people. Receptions are NOT allowed at this time.

We must note that social gatherings outside of these events are not allowed at this time. 


February 12, 2021

After receiving an update from Alberta Health Services, the CRCA is implementing changes around facility usage.

As of February 12, the CRCA will allow 20 people in one rental space – as long as all patrons keep a three-metre distance in that space. These groups must split into two separate groups of 10 people or less, with a minimum of one certified coach/trainer per group. The groups may not mix.

CHANGEROOMS (for ice rentals)

  • Groups will be assigned four change areas. 
  • Participants will be allowed to enter 15 minutes ahead of time and leave 15 minutes after your session. 
  • The capacity in each room is five people max. If your changeroom has reached capacity, please move to one of your group’s other designated change areas.
  • Participants are required to come dressed as much as possible and preferably with skates on (with skate guards).

PARENTAL ATTENDANCE

As per AHS rules, parents are NOT allowed to spectate. One parent may accompany their child into the facility to get them into their activity; however, they must leave and wait for their children outside the building. 

The ORP (one responsible person) who rented the facility will be required to make arrangements with their parents/teams to have one or two designated chaperones for safety reasons (if needed). 

To be clear, parents may not stay and watch or wait inside the facility for their athletes. Your child will be directed to exit the facility after their session. If the child cannot do so by themselves, a parent may enter at the end of the scheduled rental to assist.

As parents can’t watch their athlete at the rink in person, they can still stay connected by watching all events live and on-demand using LiveBarn. (Get a 10% discount with LiveBarn using the promo code: b949-9a4d.)

RATES

As of March 1, regular facility rates for all ice rentals apply. 

As always, all patrons in the facility must remain three metres apart at all times (including in common areas). Masks must be worn while in the facility by everyone unless engaging in physical activity. 

We thank you for your patience as we work through the shifting provincial regulations.


February 6, 2021

As you may have heard, the Alberta government has updated the Path Forward Plan for Step 1, particularly concerning youth team athletics.

As of Monday, February 8, children and youth will be allowed to participate in limited school and team sport activities. We are excited to welcome back youth athletes with the following limitations:    

  • Lessons, practices and conditioning activities are allowed for indoor and outdoor, team-based, minor sports/activities and school athletics.
  • Games are not allowed.
  • All participants must be 18 years old or younger, except coaches or trainers.
  • Maximum of 10 total individuals, including all coaches, trainers, and participants.
  • Physical distancing must be maintained between participants at all times:
    • 3-metres physical distance for indoor activities
    • 2-metres physical distance for outdoor activities
    • coaches or trainers may enter physical distancing space for brief interactions with participants (for example, to correct form or technique)
  • Participants must be masked at all times, except during the training activity. Coaches/trainers/etc. must remain masked at all times.
  • Access to change rooms must be limited, including accelerated arrival and departure, emergencies (for example, first aid) and washroom use.

Here are the booking changes users can expect:

  • Current one-on-one bookings will be honoured at the same rate. Should you choose to add more athletes to your booking, then regular rental rates will apply.   
  • Bookings will remain subject to change at any time pending provincial restrictions.
  • Household cohort rentals are permitted.

Please contact us to book your space today!


February 1, 2021

After an initial review of Step 1 of the provincial re-opening plan, the CRCA can confirm the facility will open with the following restrictions: 

What CANNOT take place:

  • Team sporting activities including hockey, ringette, group figure skating, group on-ice conditioning, soccer, sportball, volleyball, pickleball, floor hockey, dance and any other organized children’s physical activity classes (such as martial arts programs). 
  • Group exercise/fitness classes 
  • Social gatherings and meetings (including Girl Guides, Quilters, Art Guild, Lions Club)  
  • Chestermere Whitecappers Seniors Center activities 

What CAN take place:

  • One-on-one training rentals (i.e. one coach to one participant) or one coach with multiple members of the same household
  • Chestermere Community Preschool
  • Olympus Boxing Club (individual training only, should they choose to re-open)
  • Church groups utilizing 15% of room capacity 
  • Markets utilizing 15% of room capacity

Please note, these operational policies can change at any time. If you have any questions regarding your upcoming booking or facility policies, please contact us. 


January 7, 2021 – FACILITY CLOSURE EXTENSION

In accordance with the Government of Alberta’s extension on current provincial restrictions, which are now in place until January 21, 2021, the Chestermere Recreation Centre will remain closed (at a minimum) until that time.

We continue to look forward to welcoming our Members and guests back when it is possible to do so.


December 8, 2020FACILITY CLOSURE

To limit the rapid spread of Covid-19 in our community, the provincial government has mandated that effective Sunday, December 13, the Chestermere Recreation Center must close the facility at a minimum, until January 12, 2021. 

Until close on Saturday, December 12, the building and all venue rentals will operate as usual under previously outlined restrictions – this means if you have a booking between now and Saturday night, you can continue with your rental.

Beginning Sunday, all venue bookings (including church groups) are cancelled, as the building will be closed. All tenants, such as the Chestermere Whitecappers, Slap Shots Concession, Lakers Pro Shop and Olympus Boxing Gym, will be physically closed. 

The CRCA office will remain closed, with staff working remotely. If you have any questions or would like to book some ice or gym spots (some still available until Saturday, December 12), please contact us.

We look forward to welcoming our Members, users, and staff back when it is safe to do so. Until then, the CRCA thanks you for your ongoing support – we will all get through this together as a community.


November 27, 2020

After receiving clarification on what activities can occur at the Rec Centre, the CRCA can confirm the facility will remain open with the following restrictions: 

What cannot take place:

  • Team sporting activities including hockey, ringette, group figure skating, group on-ice conditioning, soccer, sportball, volleyball, pickleball, floor hockey, dance and any other organized children’s physical activity classes (such as martial arts programs). 
  • Group exercise/fitness classes 
  • Social gatherings and meetings (including Girl Guides, Quilters, Art Guild, Lions Club)   
  • Markets
  • Chestermere Whitecappers Seniors Center activities 

What can take place:

  • Household cohort facility and ice rentals 
  • One on one training venue and ice rentals (i.e. one coach to one participant)
  • Chestermere Community Preschool
  • Olympus Boxing Club (individual training only)
  • Church groups for 15 people or less (socially distanced while wearing masks)

Please note, these operational policies can change at any time. If you have any questions regarding your upcoming booking or facility policies, please contact us. 


November 24, 2020

After today’s Provincial restrictions announcement to ease the spread of COVID-19, the CRCA recognizes Members and customers may have questions about what this means for users and any upcoming bookings at the Rec Centre.

We are presently evaluating how these restrictions will impact our operations and plan to share this information as soon as possible. Please visit our website for further updates.


November 13, 2020

In light of yesterday’s targeted public health measures announcement from the Government of Alberta, the CRCA would like to share with our Members and users what we know to date. 

  • The suspension is in place for two weeks beginning today (November 13) through Friday, November 27. Pending any further restrictions, the CRCA will return to normal activities/bookings on Saturday, November 28. 
     
  • The ban on indoor group fitness classes and team sports was introduced as these activities can have a high risk of spread due to exertion of participants, and often involve mixing and mingling before or after the class or activity. 
     
  • The CRCA expects all facility users to comply with the newly announced restrictions. Should CRCA employees encounter a booking or event not abiding by these new measures, the CRCA reserves the right to intervene and shut down the booking/event. Organizers of such events will not be entitled to a credit or refund.
     
  • For complete information on the new targeted public health measures, visit the Government of Alberta website.   


THE FOLLOWING ACTIVITIES ARE CANCELLED IN OUR FACILITY (EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER 13 – 27):

  1. ALL team sporting activities including hockey, ringette, group figure skating, group on-ice conditioning, soccer, sportball, volleyball, pickleball, floor hockey, dance and any other organized children’s physical activity classes (such as martial arts programs). 
     
  2. Group exercise/fitness classes or programs.


WHAT CAN CONTINUE IN THE FACILITY:

  1. Chestermere Community Preschool
     
  2. Social gatherings and meetings for 15 people or less (including Girl Guides, Quilters, Art Guild, Lions Club)
     
  3. Church groups for 15 people or less
     
  4. Markets with AHS restrictions and approval
     
  5. One-on-one training on the ice or in fitness training areas (i.e. one coach to one participant)
     
  6. Household cohort ice and facility rentals
     
  7. School ice rental bookings
     
  8. Olympus Boxing Club – individual training only
     
  9. Chestermere Whitecappers Seniors Center activities for 15 people or less
     
  10. CRCA Annual General Meeting – November 25

We thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate through these new restrictions. Our main priority is to ensure user safety. We will update our Members and users as soon as we are able. The CRCA remains hopeful for a return to normal activities as quickly as possible.