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City begins work to reopen select recreation facilities for fall programming


The City of London will be reopening select community centres and arenas throughout the fall to accommodate recreation programming.

City arenas will begin to open gradually at the end of September. Hockey, ringette, figure skating and other groups will be able to rent ice, and will be required to follow all of the return to play guidelines outlined by the governing Provincial Sports Organizations. Public skating and learn-to-skate lessons will be offered at the arenas, with associated fees, starting in late October.

Select community centres will be gradually reopening in October with free, structured, pre-registered modified programming. Londoners of all ages can expect to see many of their favourite recreation programs offered this fall, including fitness classes, sports programs and art classes. Programs and details will be advertised bi-weekly through london.ca/playyourway and the City’s Facebook and Twitter starting Monday, September 21. Participants can register for these programs one week in advance of a program.

Aquatics program schedules will be listed on london.ca/playyourway beginning Friday, August 28. Registration for these programs will begin Wednesday, September 2 at 8:30 a.m.

The timeline for reopening select recreation facilities is:

September 28

  • Carling Arena
  • Lambeth Arena (the community centre will open on October 19)
  • Argyle Arena
  • Earl Nichols Arena

October 5

  • Kiwanis Seniors Centre
  • North London Optimist Community Centre
  • Byron Community Centre
  • South London Community Centre
  • Boyle Memorial Community Centre

October 10

  • Stronach Arena (the community centre will open on October 19)  
  • Kinsmen Arena (the community centre will open on October 19)
  • Medway Arena (the community centre will open on October 19)
  • Bostwick Arena

Please note that private indoor rentals at all recreation facilities will not be accepted for September or October.

For special events, only walks and runs will be permitted, beginning September 19, for the remainder of 2020.  This is to comply with limiting outdoor public gathering to no more than 100 individuals. 

Arena and community centre openings and programs have been modified to comply with public health guidelines and Provincial restrictions, including physical distancing, group size restrictions and staggered start times. 

The City’s recreation facilities will have enhanced cleaning protocols and health screening measures once reopened. Masks or face coverings must be worn in all of our indoor public spaces but can be removed while swimming or exercising. The public can expect these measures to remain in place throughout the fall.