Recreation and Culture

Current status (updated June 8, 2021)

Facility status

The following facilities will open for pre-registered activities and programming as of Monday, June 14:

  • Collicutt Centre
  • G.H. Dawe Community Centre
  • Recreation Centre
  • Intermediate School – Culture Services

The following facilities remain closed for public use:

  • Michener Aquatic Centre and Gymnasium
  • Servus Arena
  • Kinex Arena
  • Kinsmen Community Arenas

For information about third party operators, and organizations within leased spaces in City operated recreation and culture facilities including food vendors, retail stores, and private recreation providers, please contact them directly.

As the province heads towards Stage Two of their reopening plan, The City of Red Deer prepares to welcome the community back to recreation, arts and culture facilities. Recreation and culture facilities open for pre-registered public use beginning on Monday, June 14.

New registered programs will be viewable on Look ‘n Book after 4:30pm today, Tuesday, June 8. Registration opens Thursday, June 10 at 12:00 noon for programs beginning on Monday, June 14.

Activity Reservations are required for all facility use and are available up to seven days in advance on Look ‘n Book. Activities are viewable on Look ‘n Book now. 

In accordance with provincial guidelines, the following opportunities will be available to the public as of Monday, June 14 in addition to the opportunities already on offer:

  • Private swim lessons
  • Lifesaving and aquatics leadership programs
  • Activity Reservations for lane swim, water aerobics and public swimming at the
    Recreation Centre (indoor and outdoor pools) and Collicutt Centre. Construction of the GH Dawe Community Centre upgrades began in May, 2021. As such, the aquatic centre will reopen to the community mid-August. Visit www.reddeer.ca/DaweProject for more information.
  • Fitness opportunities at the G.H. Dawe Community Centre, Recreation Centre and Collicutt Centre with additional outdoor and virtual opportunities as well
  • Individual Activity Reservations for sport opportunities in the gymnasium and fieldhouse for badminton, basketball, pickleball and volleyball
  • Youth and adult team sport have access to indoor facilities once again

Activity Reservations are required for all facility use and are available up to seven days in advance on Look ‘n Book.

All individual Activity Reservations are available through the monthly Value Pass option available here. This pass allows customers to access outdoor fitness, virtual fitness, lane swimming, public swimming, indoor fitness, sport courts and all other individual Activity Reservations for one monthly fee.

In an effort to provide more opportunities for public use, individual Activity Reservations, and to accommodate community sport organizations, Household Activity Reservations will discontinue.

Week-long summer day camps are available for registration now at www.reddeer.ca/daycamps. Half-day and full-day options will be offered in Stage Three of the provincial reopening plan.

For the most up-to-date program and activity information, and to register, please visit Look ‘n Book. Alternatively, customers can create their own custom Activity Guide to view the programs specific to their family at www.reddeer.ca/MyActivityGuide.

The Blue Grass Sod Farm Central Spray and Play and the water feature at Kin Kanyon are open to the public from 11:00am-7:00pm daily.

As a reminder, registration is currently open for:

Picnic shelters are bookable for outdoor gatherings within provincial guidelines at facilitybookings@reddeer.ca

More information about the impacts of phase three of the provincial reopening plan will be released as we approach that date.

We continue to work within the provincial health regulations to provide Red Deerians as much opportunity for mental, emotional and physical wellbeing as possible

Outdoor pool at the Recreation Centre

The outdoor pool is open for Activity Reservations for water aerobics, lane swim and public swim as of Monday, June 14. All reservations are available seven days in advance through Look ‘n Book.

Spray Parks

The Blue Grass Sod Farm Central Spray and Play, and the water feature at Kin Kanyon are open for public use between the hours of 11am-7pm daily, weather permitting.

These amenities are available for our community to enjoy while continuing to maintain physical distance and abide by provincial government regulations on outdoor gathering limits.

Outdoor and Virtual Fitness

A variety of classes are offered weekly with our highly trained, energetic instructors. Classes are available for everyone, but geared to those 14 and over. Classes include cardio, gentle fitness, family-friendly fitness, strength training and yoga. For more information, please visit reddeer.ca/virtualfitness or www.reddeer.ca/outdoorfitness

Indoor Fitness

Individual Activity Reservations are available for the fitness centres at the G.H. Dawe Community Centre, Collicutt Centre and Recreation Centre, pre-registration is required.

June 14 will see the return of indoor fitness registered programming. These programs will be viewable after 4:30pm on Tuesday, June 8 and open for registration on Thursday, June 10 at 12:00 noon.

Individual Activity Reservations

All individual Activity Reservations are available through the Value Pass option for $27 per month. This pass allows customers to access outdoor/virtual/indoor fitness, lane swimming, public swimming, sport courts and all other individual Activity Reservations for one monthly fee.

Virtual Arts and Culture Programming

We have been busy creating virtual programming to help keep you inspired.

Find out about the many opportunities to get your creativity back on track by creating your own My Activity Guide by visiting www.reddeer.ca/myactivityguide and clicking on “Arts and Culture”.

Private Swim Lessons - FAQs

May multiple participants from the same household share a private swim lesson?

Yes multiple participants from the same household can book one private lesson. Customers are encouraged to sign up for a private swim lesson to save the spot and then contact Recreation to add additional household members. Someone at 403-309-8411 can provide contact information for the appropriate Aquatics staff. Individuals not residing at the same location may NOT share private swim lessons.

Are adults required to participate in private lessons with their children?

Yes. Any participant in Swim Kids Level 3 or lower MUST have an adult in the pool with them for their entire lesson. These adults are required to wear a mask throughout the private swim lesson.

Why do adults need to wear a mask in the pool?

We understand there may be some confusion around the use of masks in pools. We are taking our direction, as we have been since the pandemic began, from the Government of Alberta and Alberta Health Services. On March 24, the Chief Medical Officer of Health clarified that masks are required for all low intensity activities, including those in a pool. While participants receiving training or instruction are not required to wear masks in the pool, instructors and parent/adult helpers are. We are only able to offer these private swim lessons if we can do so safely under the current restrictions.

Outdoor Fitness - Frequently Asked Questions

Why are we hosting outdoor fitness classes?

Outdoor fitness allows us to bring back City-run fitness classes in a safe way prior to opening our facilities. Through Outdoor Fitness Activity Reservations, customers can access to the same high-energy, highly-trained instructors that patrons have come to know and love.

What type of classes are available?

A variety of high and moderate-intensity classes including cardio and strength training will be offered at program start-up. More low-intensity options such as gentle, low-impact and yoga classes will be available as the weather warms up. See the full schedule of classes and descriptions at https://looknbook.reddeer.ca.

Where are the outdoor fitness classes located?

Outdoor fitness classes are held at Setters Place at Great Chief Park.

What ages can participate?

All adult fitness and yoga classes require participants to be 14 years or older.

Can I bring my children with me to class?

Unfortunately at this time, no additional children or spectators are permitted at class. Due to COVID-19 public health restrictions, only those registered for the class are able to attend.

What is the price per class?

Individual Activity Reservations are available for $5.40 per class, or gain unlimited access to both Outdoor and Virtual Fitness opportunities with the Value Pass for just $27 per month.

What safety measures are in place?

We have worked hard to prepare for outdoor fitness classes in a safe, spacious environment. Hand sanitizer is provided for use before and after class, physical distancing of at least 3 metres between participants is implemented for high intensity activities, and shared equipment has been eliminated. Class sizes will be capped at 9 participants per session.

Requirements

  • Pre-registration is required to participate. Online registration closes one hour before start time.
  • Registered participants only – no children or spectators are permitted.
  • No access to change rooms; arrive dressed to work out.
  • Arrive no earlier than 10 minutes prior to class and leave immediately after class.
  • Please use hand sanitizer before and after class.
  • Physical distancing is required; please remain 3 metres away from others.
  • Sharing of equipment is not permitted. No equipment is provided for your use at this time.
What do I need to bring?

We recommend bringing the following items to each class.

  • Water bottle
  • Mat or towel
  • Sweat towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Participants are encouraged to bring their own equipment, no equipment will be provided at this time. If available, you may want to bring:
    • Free weights
    • Resistance bands
How can I register?

You can register online via Look 'n Book or by phone at 403-309-8411.

Can I use credits to register online?

Yes, due to a recent software update credits are now available for use through your Look ‘n Book account.

If I need to cancel, can I get a refund?

You can cancel your reservation up to 24 hours prior to the scheduled class without penalty. Refunds will not be given to “no shows.”

Those with monthly passes are still asked to cancel the classes they can no longer attend in order to allow others to participate.

If the class is cancelled due to inclement weather, will I receive a refund or credit?

In the event of inclement weather, outdoor fitness classes are cancelled a minimum of 60 minutes prior to the class start time. Participants will receive a full refund in this scenario.

How will I be notified of a cancelled class?

In the event of inclement weather, all registered participants will be notified via email a minimum of 60 minutes prior to class.

If I can’t attend, can someone else take my place?

Due to important tracking protocols for the COVID-19 pandemic, only those names on the registration list are permitted to attend. Class registrations are not transferrable.

Is there a monthly pass for both Outdoor and Virtual Fitness?

Yes, the Value Pass is a monthly pass option that allows unlimited access to both the Outdoor and Virtual Fitness classes. This pass is available for $27 per month. You can purchase the Value Pass on Look 'n Book.

Online Virtual Fitness - FAQs

What is Virtual Fitness?

Recognizing the need for on-going recreation to support physical, mental and social wellbeing, we are launching an at-home fitness program. Everyone is welcome, though these classes are geared towards those 14 and over. These classes are a safe, accessible and affordable way for citizens to revisit and explore fitness from the comfort of their own homes.

What type of classes will be offered?

We are offering a variety of fitness classes that include cardio, strength training and stretching.  Yoga, Fusion and Healthy Aging classes are available for those looking for mild and/or low impact. All cardio and strength style classes offer low and high intensity modifications. Full class descriptions are available on Look n’ Book.

What is the age for virtual fitness classes

The virtual fitness and yoga classes are geared towards participants 14+. 

What is the cost and how do I register for a virtual fitness class?

The cost of the Virtual Fitness pass is $25.00 per month or single class registration is $5.00 per class. Pass purchasing and registration for virtual fitness classes can only be done at https://looknbook.reddeer.ca. No in-person registration / transactions are available at this time. 

Alternatively customers can sign up for a Value Pass and gain unlimited access to both Virtual and Outdoor Fitness classes for $27 per month.

Are the classes live or pre-recorded and who’s leading?

Classes are streamed live and hosted by the qualified and experienced City instructors that you know and love. Classes are not recorded.

Can I cancel my reservation?

You may cancel your registration up to 24 hours before your class start time. Cancellations within 24 hours of the class start are not refundable. To cancel please visit your Look ‘n Book account, under “Appointments”. For step-by-step instructions on how to cancel through Look ‘n Book please visit www.reddeer.ca/cancel.

Do I need a Zoom account?

You will need a free Zoom account. If you don’t have one, you can get your account at www.zoom.us/signup

Can I use online credits to register?

Yes, due to a recent software upgrade you can now use credits to sign up for classes through your Look ‘n Book account.

Can I apply for the Fee Assistance Program?

Those currently in the Fee Assistance Program can use account balances to register by phone or email only, please contact Recreation at recreation@reddeer.ca for further information. Please note that by phoning or emailing you may not be able to speak with a customer service representative immediately and therefore will not automatically reserve your space in the program. We are not currently accepting new applications for the Fee Assistance Program.

Who can see me during the class?

When your camera is turned on, your image may be viewed by the instructor and other participants in the class. If you turn your camera off, no one will see you but you will still see the instructor and other participants who have their camera on. Participants are not permitted to record other participants.

Do I need equipment?

Equipment may be used, but the instructor will provide options for those who do not have equipment available.

What do I do if I don’t receive my link?
When can I register for classes?

Monthly Virtual Fitness Passes and single classes are available now.  Classes can be booked up to seven days in advance.

Please note: Online and Phone Registration will close one hour prior to class.

Summer Day Camps FAQs

What age groups are being offered?

We are offering summer day camps to children and youth aged 3-17.

  • Full-day camp options are available for children aged 3-12;
  • Half-day summer camp options are available for children aged 3-12 and youth aged 13-17.
What types of programs will be offered?

The City will offer small group sizes in multiple locations throughout the city. Full and half day Camps will be available. Camps will provide summer activity for children to experience play, laughter and fun while developing relationships and a sense of mastery - all while under the safe supervision of a caring adult.

Visit https://looknbook.reddeer.ca/ for program information including descriptions, dates, locations, cost and registration details.

Download a copy of My Activity Guide for summer youth programming (pdf)

What locations will be used?

Summer programs will be offered in designated areas within multiple City facilities.

The facilities will be:

  • Collicutt Centre
  • G.H. Dawe Community Centre (August)
  • Recreation Centre
  • Michener Aquatic Centre
  • Setter's Place
  • Intermediate School - Culture Services

Please visit https://looknbook.reddeer.ca/ for programs information including descriptions, dates, locations, cost and registration details.

Download a copy of My Activity Guide for summer youth programming (pdf)

What safety measures will be in place?

The City of Red Deer staff are working hard to prepare for the return of your children to summer programming. Staff will be using all appropriate PPE, there is available hand sanitizer stations at all facilities, designating sick rooms, physically distant activities, using designated entrances and more. More information will be given to parents upon registration.

Will there be before and after care?

Extended day Camp hours are available at both the Collicutt and GH Dawe Centre camps. New this year, camps from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

When will registration open?

Registration for half-day camps is open now, and registration for new full-day camps and programs begins Thursday June 10, 2021 at 12 p.m. (noon) and will be completed exclusively online. To register, visit https://looknbook.reddeer.ca/

Is fee assistance available?

Those currently in the Fee Assistance Program can use account balances to register online or by phone. Due to a recent software upgrade, credits are now accessible through online Look ‘n Book accounts and available on the payments screen. Please note that by phoning you may not be able to speak with a customer service representative immediately and therefore will not automatically reserve your space in the program. We will not be accepting new applications for the Fee Assistance Program at this time.

Can I use online credits to register?

In the event that provincial health restrictions do not allow for the operation of summer programs, all registrants will receive direct communications and a full refund to their method of payment.