October 28th, 2020

U of L Community Stadium opening for drop-in use


By Yoos, Cam on June 24, 2020.

Greg Bobinec

Lethbridge Herald

gbobinec@lethbridgeherald.com

The University of Lethbridge has finalized its latest reopening plans for shared university-community spaces, including the Community Stadium, the Centre for Sport & Wellness and summer camps.

As Alberta entered Stage 2 of its relaunch strategy on June 12, guidelines allowed for the use of sport and recreation spaces to open, but the province’s guidance for post-secondary institutions continues to direct universities to limit in-person attendance on campus as much as possible.

The U of L recognizes that, in addition to serving its students, staff and faculty, its many spaces and activities also serve the larger local community. As the U of L is ready to ease access to their spaces for academic and community use, they still are working in accordance with all applicable public health guidelines and continue to prioritize the health and safety of all uses.

As a primary outdoor facility that is operated in partnership with the City of Lethbridge, the U of L’s Community Stadium will open today, for drop-in use only. As of July 6, group bookings will be accepted by contacting Sandy Williston at sandy.williston@uleth.ca.

Balancing post-secondary facility restrictions alongside recreation guidelines that continue to advise that, where possible, sport and physical activities be relocated to outdoor settings, Horns Recreation will offer a select number of summer camps outdoors at the Community Stadium. These include soccer and multi-activity camps.

In-person Destination Exploration summer camps will be cancelled for the month of July. Live activities will be available on Tuesdays on the Destination Exploration website. Registration for all Horns Recreation and Destination Exploration August camps will remain open. The Conservatory of Music has cancelled in-person summer programming, but will continue to offer mini uLethbridge virtual camps through the summer and is offering an online piano intensive camp.

Following the province’s announcement about entering Stage 2 of relaunch, which moved recreation facilities into an earlier phase than initially indicated, the team at Horns Recreation has been working hard to welcome members back to the U of L’s fitness facilities as soon as possible. While the way the facilities operate will change slightly, the team looks forward to helping its members reach their fitness goals in its facilities, through various programming and training options. Specific reopening plans are being developed and updates will be posted at a later time at uleth.ca.

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