The Vancouver park board will reopen the Kerrisdale, Sunset and Trout Lake ice rinks Sept. 21.
In a prepared statement, the park board said Vancouver’s five other rinks were expected to reopen in October, depending on the success of reopening the first three rinks.
“Our facilities play an important role in supporting not only the physical health of people in our community, but also their mental well-being, particularly in challenging times such as these,” said Daisy Chin, the park board’s director of recreation. “They also provide low-barrier options which meet the needs of a wide range of residents of various ages and abilities.”
Initially, arenas will only be available for organized play by permit-holders (minor hockey, ringette, figure skating and speed-skating groups), but plans to expand organized play access to the public are underway, and will be offered once the required health-and-safety precautions are in place.
An online reservation system will be put in place, while 20 per cent of spots will be reserved for on-site drop-in. Leisure Access Program patrons will be provided a code to make reservations.
Chin said 12 of Vancouver’s 24 fitness centres will reopen mid-September, with the other facilities reopening over the fall. Patrons will have to abide by physical-distancing rules. The park board hasn’t decided which 12 fitness facilities will reopen.
Since May, the park board has reopened golf courses, the VanDusen Botanical Garden, the Bloedel Conservatory, tennis and pickleball courts, pitch & putts, skate parks, sports fields, basketball and volleyball courts, disc golf, roller hockey, multi-sport courts, playgrounds, spray parks, outdoor pools and other priority programs.
The park board is still deciding when to reopen indoor pools.