Those who enjoy the facilities at the city’s Sportsplex may have to adjust their routine in a couple months.
The City of Campbell River has announced the Sportsplex will be closed for repairs from May 2 to Oct. 31. The work will include replacing the building’s roof, to address leaking.
But the city’s recreation and culture department is committed to maintaining a “high-quality service level,” including programs, activities, classes, and special events for residents while the Sportsplex is closed.
Some of the facility’s weight room equipment will be moved to a gym in the Community Centre located downtown at 401 11th Avenue. This will include cardio machines, weights, and spin bikes. It is anticipated this temporary weight room will open May 16.
Fitness classes will be relocated to the Community Centre and other locations and will restart May 9.
Also starting May 9, the Community Centre’s hours will be extended: on weekdays, it will be open from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and on weekends it will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Anyone with a fitness pass can continue to use their membership at the Community Centre. Alternatively, they can suspend their pass and then reactivate it once the Sportsplex opens again, request a refund, or transfer their pass to another person for $5.
Recreation staff are now working to create summer program schedules and searching for alternative spaces for programs and classes for the summer and fall. Schedules will be available at: campbellriver.ca/registration
A full gymnasium will not be available for indoor sports. All sports — including badminton, floor hockey, indoor soccer, pickle ball and soft tennis — may play in half a gym but may experience reduced service levels.
The Splash Park, outdoor courts and fields, and the bike and skate parks will remain open.
The outdoor washrooms at the Sportsplex will be open most of the time, but they will experience temporary shutdowns during roof replacement and power interruptions.
Bus passes and garbage tickets will be available for purchase at City Hall and the Community Centre.