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Ponoka Aquaplex reopens on June 14 with restrictions

With the launch of Stage 2 of Alberta’s ‘Open for Summer Plan’, the Ponoka Aquaplex is reopening on Monday, June 14 for small-group swim lessons, pre-booked family and lane swims, private and semi-private lessons and private facility rentals.

“We’re excited to once again invite the public back to our newly refurbished facility. We look forward to being able to return to full programming and our regular schedule at the Aquaplex once Alberta enters Stage 3 of the ‘Open for Summer Plan,’” said Andrew Jones, manager of Parks, Recreation and Facilities.

Swimming lessons

Beginning next week, swimming lessons that were cancelled in April when the facility had to temporarily close due to provincial health restrictions have been rescheduled to resume. New bookings for swimming lesson will be available once the Aquaplex is able to fully reopen under Stage 3 of Alberta’s Open for Summer Plan.

Half-hour private and semi-private lessons are also available.

Please see the town’s website for details about additional COVID-19 measures to help protect the health and safety of visitors and Aquaplex staff.

Please book in advance

All lane swims, family swims and facility rentals must be booked in advance by phoning 403-783-0131.

Aquaplex memberships will be reactivated and can be used to pay for lane swims and family swims. Only family members from the same household can book a family swim together, and only two families are able to book family swims at the same time to maintain three-metre distancing requirements.

The hot tub, wading pool, rope and diving board will be available for use, however they can only be used by one family or individual at a time under the direction of the lifeguard on duty. To view the Aquaplex pool schedule and rates, please visit https://www.ponoka.ca/visiting/recreation/aquaplex.

Private facility rentals are still reduced in price from $110 per hour to $46 to encourage more families to use the Aquaplex. Only guests living in the same household are permitted to share a private booking.

Babysitting course on June 26

Registration is open for a babysitting course being held at the Aquaplex on June 26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for youth aged 11 years or older. The cost is $63.

Participants should bring a lunch, water bottle and a stuffed animal or a doll that will be used to practice skills being taught during the course.

Arena expected to reopen early August

The Ponoka Arena Complex will remain closed until early August to allow for the installation of a new ice plant and other facility improvements that are underway at the Arena.

“We anticipate reopening the Arena to ice users in early August – more than a full month earlier than we normally reopen. This will provide our sport user groups with considerably more ice time at the start of the upcoming season,” said Jones.

For the most up-to-date information on the reopening of Town facilities, please visit the Town website at www.ponoka.ca.

If you have questions, please phone the Town Office at 403-783-4431 or the Aquaplex at

403-783-0131.

– Submitted by the Town of Ponoka

Town of Ponoka