Please safely open our City of Surrey Indoor Recreation Centres.

Please safely open our City of Surrey Indoor Recreation Centres.

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RE: Safely reopen our City of Surrey Indoor Recreation Centres in 2020

To: Surrey City Mayor Doug McCallum, Surrey City Council and Surrey City Manager, Mr. Vincent Lalonde

It has come to our attention that the City of Surrey has been delayed, in comparison to surrounding municipalities, in the planning for the safe reopening of city run indoor recreation facilities.

We have also been told that indoor facilities will not be open this September and for the remainder of 2020 and possibly longer- NOT because of COVID-19 but because of City of Surrey budget issues.         

As taxpayers, we are deeply concerned there has been very little official information shared regarding their reopening even though we have approved guidelines by Dr. Bonnie Henry and BC Health Minister Adrian Dix to allow our facilities to safely open now.

Municipalities may hide behind COVID-19 safety concerns and may not publicly say the real reason that Rec Centres are not re-opening but taxpayers in the City of Surrey should not be denied their rights in order for the City to save money.

The following Recreation Centres have no announced plans of reopening this year:

CLOVERDALE

- Cloverdale Rec Centre

- Don Christian Rec Centre

- Cloverdale Arena

FLEETWOOD

- Surrey Sport and Leisure Centre

- Surrey Sports and Leisure Arena

- Fleetwood Community Centre

GUILDFORD AND FRASER HEIGHTS

- Guildford Rec. Centre

- Fraser Heights Rec. Centre

NEWTON

- Newton Rec. Centre

- Newton Arena

- Newton Seniors Centre

WHALLEY

- Chuck Bailey Rec. Centre

- North Surrey Sports and Ice Complex

- Bridgeview Community Centre

SOUTH SURREY

- South Surrey Rec. & Arts Centre

- South Surrey Indoor Pool

- Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre

 

These facilities include the following resources:

  • Wave Pool for our children (Newton).
  • 5 Large Public Pools for swim lessons, aqua size, water walking/running for disabled and elderly who cannot otherwise exercise, lifeguard & first aid training to keep lifeguards employed and for competitive athletes who have spent their entire lives training and now trying to make the 2021 Olympic teams to represent City of Surrey.
  • Numerous hot tubs, Water slides, Water parks, Toddler Pools, Saunas, Steam Rooms and Family Play Areas
  • 4 Ice Rink Facilities with 9 rinks for skating, hockey, curling, spectator sports and more (2 for special abilities).
  • 8 Youth Centres with safe, fun and healthy activities and programs to keep our youth off the streets.
  • 7 Seniors Centres with activities to allow all seniors to be physically and mentally healthy and engaged instead of being isolated.
  • 9 Pre-School Centres for play & learning for the children and for the parents to use the facilities or work.
  • 11 Gymnasiums, 9 Weight Rooms and 9 Fitness Studios
  • Several Multipurpose Room to hold Birthday parties, functions, courses and meetings.

These resources were designed, built and paid for to be accessible by citizens with special abilities. 

The Surrey Leisure Access Program-(LAP) gives up to 100% subsidy to all Surrey low-income families who couldn't otherwise afford to swim, stay healthy, participate in recreation and stay off of the streets. This program is only available when our city run recreation centres are open.

As COVID-19 has already done immeasurable damage to the mental and physical well-being of our families’ lives, we ask you to:

Please safely reopen all indoor recreation facilities in the City of Surrey this year by following public health protocols.

Our tax dollars have paid for these recreation centres and our children and citizens have a right to safely use them!!

 

Concerned Citizens & Taxpayers of Surrey BC.