Nanaimo recreation centres to begin reopening

The City of Nanaimo is reopening recreation centres and the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre. Beban Social Centre will open on Aug. 4 for facility rentals and Sept. 9 for fall recreation programs, according to a release from the city. Both Oliver Woods Community Centre and Bowen Complex will open Sept. 9 for rentals and recreation programs, followed by Nanaimo Aquatic Centre on Sept. 10, where the pool and fitness gym will be available. 

“Even though the doors are opening, the way these facilities and programs are operating will be very different than what we’re used to in an effort to keep everyone safe and healthy,” said Lynn Wark, director of recreation and culture services for the city.

Facilities will be operating with modified operating schedules and reduced rental and program offerings. Participants will be required to pre-register and pay in advance for all sessions, as well as follow physical distancing guidelines. 

Council was presented on Monday with the phased reopening plans, which follow the same guiding principles used for the arena reopening plan earlier this month.

“We know having these facilities open is key to helping our community get back to activities that support a healthy and active lifestyle,” said Wark. 

An opening date for Beban Pool has not been determined at this time.

Parks, Recreation and Culture will not be producing a Fall and Winter Activity Guide this season due to the uncertainty of the pandemic, according to the city. Residents can still look for program offerings on the City of Nanaimo Facebook page and on the City of Nanaimo website.

For more information on the City’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit

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