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Thursday , 22 April 2021

Gym facilities taking steps to re-open

The Cenovus Energy Wellness Centre and the CNRL Walking Track at the Energy Centre will re-open for limited use on Friday, March 5, as the Government of Alberta moves to Step 2 of its strategy to gradually ease COVID-19 restrictions.

“While the Energy Centre remains closed to the general public and drop-in activities are on hold, we are thrilled to welcome residents back inside the wellness centre and onto the track for pre-booked reservations,” said Mayor Craig Copeland.

“We know how important these amenities are for the mental and physical health of our residents and we are making every effort to ensure this re-opening is done carefully, safely, and as quickly as possible within the province’s guidelines.”

Bookings are now being accepted for one-hour time slots for low-intensity activity at both the wellness centre and the walking/running track. Several safeguards are in place to protect the health of users and Energy Centre staff.

  • Maximum of 10 users in the wellness centre or on the track at one time.
  • 1-hour time slot reservations must be pre-booked one day in advance. Hours of operation are 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. Monday to Friday and 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. on weekends.
  • Cardio room and equipment (treadmills, ellipticals, spin bikes) are not available at this time.
  • All users must enter through the main (west) doors, no more than 15 minutes prior to their reserved time.
  • Masks must be worn at all times (including during workout).
  • Change rooms will be open for limited use.

Reservations can be booked online at www.schedulicity.com/scheduling/COCM5F8 or by downloading the Schedulicity app (Available on Apple and Android. Download app, create an account and search for “City of Cold Lake”).

A valid email address is required to make reservations online or via the app. Those without internet access or who need assistance booking should call the Energy Centre at 780-639-6400.

Memberships and punch cards will remain frozen, as these facilities are operating at a very reduced capacity with much of the equipment (cardio) unavailable.

“Our membership holders don’t need to be concerned about the clock ticking on their memberships while we are in the current rendition of Step 2,” explains Chief Administrative Officer Kevin Nagoya.

“Until we’re able to ramp up to a bit more capacity and re-open the Energy Centre to the general public, memberships will stay frozen and there will be no charge to use the Cenovus Energy Wellness Centre.”

Residents can also look forward to the re-opening of the climbing wall at the Energy Centre.

The City is finalizing staffing levels and ensuring proper safety precautions and training certifications are in place after the extended closure. It’s expected the wall will be open for use by appointment in the coming weeks.

Additionally, small-group bookings of the arenas and field house for children and youth sports remain available at the Energy Centre. These bookings are limited to practice and training sessions and gameplay is not permitted. A certified coach or trainer is required and each booking is limited to 10 people (including coaches and trainers). At this time, parents and other spectators are not permitted inside the facility.

For more information on Step 2 of the Government of Alberta’s easing of COVID-19 restrictions, visit https://www.alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx.

C2 re-opens

Unsupervised, low-intensity exercise including weightlifting, fitness equipment, stretching, and golf simulator use is allowed by appointment only at the Bonnyville and District Centennial Centre.

One hour pppointments are available Monday-Friday 6:00am-8:00am & 1:30-9:30pm and Saturday 8:00am-6:00pm.

The walking track is available by appointment for walking only during facility hours.

For these bookings, please call the Welcome Desk at 780-812-3400.

High-intensity training including running, spin, HIIT, and heavy weightlifting is by appointment only with a C2 Certified Personal Trainer.

Please call Victoria at 780-815-4427 for fitness personal training and group training bookings.

Change rooms are available, however, the cardio room remains closed at this time.

Masks must be worn when moving between fitness equipment, facilities, and in the change rooms.

A minimum of three metres distance must be maintained between guests.

Individual gym users may purchase a daily pass, a discounted 10 Punch Pass, or may choose to re-activate their C2 membership.

The safety of our guests and members, and the community as a whole, is always the top priority for us, the C2 said.

You may read the guidelines here: https://www.alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx

Bold Center

On Monday, March 8, the Bold Center and Portage Pool will open for individual or household cohort, low-intensity fitness in addition to Step 1 availability, as per the Province’s “A Path Forward” roadmap.

This will include lane swimming and the use of the Cenovus Fitness Centre and the Canadian Natural Track.

The Bold Center will be open Monday to Friday from 6:00am to 9:00pm and on Saturday from 11:00am to 3:00pm.

The food court is available for pick up/take out orders.

Lane swim and water jogging at the Portage Pool are available Monday to Thursday, from 11:00am to 3:00pm. The steam room and hot tub will remain closed.

Time slots are available for viewing/booking using our online portal (an account is required to activate): www.boldcenter.ca/activellbc. You can also call 780-623-6777.

For private/cohort swim lessons, conditioning, and training, please visit www.boldcenter.ca or call 780-623-6777 for availability.

The Plamondon Arena is available for school bookings and team conditioning (no public or drop-in times are available) until the end of March 2021.

The Top Shelf Grill remains open for take out orders: call or text 780-520-4853.

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.