Some city facilities that were used for recreational activities before COVID are currently being used to effectively respond to the pandemic. This includes the Belltown Dome. It continues to be used for COVID response and will remain closed this summer. Depending on the COVID situation in the community, the facility may reopen to the public in the fall.
Right now, the CIty is in the position where they are bringing more facilities online for recreation and arts programming – they are expanding program openings and available facility rentals. However, the City is still in a period of transition where the pandemic and COVID remains in the community. As a result, they are striking a delicate balance of providing more access to recreation and arts programming and meeting the health needs in our community – with a few facilities continuing to serve as respite, testing and vaccination sites.
As we continue to transition and improvement in the COVID situation progresses, the City will gradually make even more facilities available to keep residents physically, socially and mentally active. At this point, it has been confirmed that the Ray Friel Community Complex and Brewer Arena will be returned to the City in April at which point, staff will begin re-start activities to plan for resumption of recreational programming in the summer.