RDCK Recreation Facilities Update

Nelson, BC: Due to COVID–19, recreation services across British Columbia have been forced to go through a major overhaul. The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) has determined in order to meet its 2020 financial plan and to deliver the safest most cost effective programming, which will result in a balanced budget, all indoor recreation facilities, including pools and skating rinks, will remain permanently closed until at least August 18, 2020.

The RDCK is cancelling all time based memberships, backdated to March 17, 2020. You can use your account credit to pay for summer fitness and recreation programming or leave the credit on your account so you can purchase new memberships when our facilities re-open.  You can also request a refund (3-4 weeks to process) by emailing your recreation facility.   

Castlegar & District Recreation casrec@rdck.bc.ca

Creston & District Recreation crestonrec@rdck.bc.ca

Nelson & District Recreation nelrec@rdck.bc.ca

Salmo & District Recreation salmorec@rdck.bc.ca

“Our communities, the Board, Recreation Commissions and staff will need to come to an understanding that the 2020 recreation service levels have changed and will continue to change as COVID-19 restrictions change,” said Joe Chirico, General Manager of Community Services. “The present financial plans will not support the same operating hours, program availability and other services. This is disappointing for the community who rely on our services for their health and well-being and to our staff for their employment.”

The RDCK understands the impact of not having regular indoor recreation programming available; however, the goal is to create programming that brings the indoors, outdoors. This, above all, will keep our community safe and protect the most vulnerable by helping to keep the curve flat.

As part of the plan to support the public use of parks and open spaces, staff is working on different ways to deliver recreation and fitness programs while promoting and educating participants on personal self-care, managing social gatherings, and protecting the most high risk citizens.

“Although it feels a return to normal is imminent, the reality is the ability of the RDCK to deliver recreation services is far from normal,” said Chirico. “Whether it be indoor recreation or outdoor recreation, things will be different.”

Recreation and park services are reviewed regularly as new information and protocols become available.

Incorporated in 1965, the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) is a local government that serves 60,000 residents in 11 electoral areas and nine member municipalities. The RDCK provides more than 160 services, including community facilities, fire protection and emergency services, grants, planning and land use, regional parks, resource recovery and handling, transit, water services and much more. For more information about the RDCK, visit www.rdck.ca.


For further information, please contact:


Joe Chirico

General Manager of Community Services

Regional District of Central Kootenay

Tel: 250 352-8158

Email: jchirico@rdck.bc.ca


For media enquiries:


Dan Elliott

Communications Coordinator

Regional District of Central Kootenay

Tel: 778-288-7121

Email: delliott@rdck.bc.ca


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