Doors to the Hope Recreation Centre remain closed and signage reminds visitors of the closure. On Monday, Sept. 21, the cardio and weight room will re-open, with patrons needing to register to use these spaces. (Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard)

Cardio, weight room to re-open Monday at Hope rec centre

Arena, pool still closed as regional district works on phased approach to re-opening

Hope’s recreation centre is reopening part of their facility Monday, Sept. 21, with the weight and cardio available for people who pre-register.

The rec centre has been closed since mid-March and staff say they are working on a phased re-opening approach of the facility. Christina Vugteveen, manager of parks and recreation for the regional district, confirmed that CLUB Child after school program is open as of Monday, Sept. 14 as is the Arena ice for rentals.

“Once this is all up and running we will be working towards opening the pool and some fitness classes,” she stated in an email to The Hope Standard. The Arena and the Dan Sharrers Aquatic Centre are, however, staying closed until further notice.

People can register for the weight or cardio room online or by calling 604-869-2304. Sessions for each room need to be booked separately, with people allowed to book one session per room per day. The weight room sessions are 75 minutes and the cardio room sessions 45 minutes.

People can expect to be physical distancing within these rooms, as well as having to come to work out dressed as there is no access to changing rooms or showers. Details on the rec centre’s safety protocols can be found here.

In July, the Fraser Valley Regional District published a reopening plan with the weight and cardio room set to open in mid-summer, and indoor fitness classes starting in late summer. The pool was expected to open in early fall, although the FVRD stated the dates were “targets only and may change based on changing conditions.”

Vugteveen stated the Fraser Valley Regional District is also looking for staff at the recreation centre.

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Sign outside Hope Rec Centre Sept. 16, 2020. (Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard)

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