Tuesday , 27 July 2021

Vermilion swimming pool, indoor rec, library, spray park on different tracks to re-open

The Vermilion spray park is allowed to open as early as Friday.

Despite the announcement from the province, throughout Vermilion recreation will be on hold until organization approvals are given.

The swimming pool, indoor gym, and rec facilities at Lakeland College will likely open in a staged approach according to Athletic Director, Alan Rogan.

“My staff and I have talked about what it will look like in the new reality. There are different expectations for weight rooms versus aquatic centres and we have to be safe. We need to make sure we meet the provincial guidelines as well as follow direction from the college,” said Rogan.

The Vermilion Public Library is aiming to open in July and is continuing to offer their curbside pick-up services until then.

They are currently able to lend books in the area, but not order from other facilities.

The Town of Vermilion will be opening the Vermilion Regional Centre on Monday, under certain restrictions.

“You can have meetings providing you are physical distancing,” said Kevin Lucas, Community Services Director.

Until further meetings take place with the ball club, he noted that residents could practice at the ball diamonds as long as they were of the same cohort and washed or sanitized their equipment between uses.

“One of the biggest messages we can send the community is to ask for everyone’s patience as we move into phase two and three. After all of this is said and done, the biggest take away is own personal hygiene and gaining a bigger understand of ourselves and what we are willing to risk for ourselves or others,” said Lucas.

The spray park operated by the Vermilion Provincial Park will also not be opening until a later date.

According to employee Morgan Miciak, they will hear from Provincial Park authorities on Friday whether or not they will have full capacity.

About Angela Mouly

Angela comes to Lakeland Connect after leaving traditional newspaper where she spent the past four years reporting on community events. Her repertoire includes writing about history, politics, agriculture, sports, entertainment and art. She was the third place recipient of an AWNA General Excellence Award for “Best Front Page” during their 2016 Better Newspaper Competition. Angela has lived in rural Alberta all her life and in Vermilion for the past 15 years. She looks forward to continuing to serve and inform the Lakeland community by joining in people's many adventures and sharing their stories.