Bookings nearly full as aquatic centre opens appointment-only pool access

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Whitecourt residents will once again have the opportunity to swim in the local pool next week, by appointment only.

The Town and the Allan & Jean Millar Centre announced Wednesday that the Energy Transfer Aquatic Centre will be opening next Tuesday, April 6, for individual and household bookings and private swim lessons only.

It will cost $15/ hour per person, with children under the age of three free, with a maximum of a one-hour time slot. A household is only allowed to book once per week and only one individual or household can use the centre at a time.

For private lessons, all levels are available and anyone attending a lesson in the Swim Kids 4 and under must be accompanied by an adult who is required to wear a mask while at the pool.

The bookings opened up Tuesday afternoon and by late Wednesday morning, only mid-week morning appointments were available until new time slots come available in mid-April, pending any further provincial health guidelines.

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In comments about the opening on the centre’s Facebook page, many residents expressed frustration over the price and availability. For a family of five, it would cost $75 for the household whereas it’s only $25 for 45 minutes at Repsol Place, Edson’s aquatic centre, one commenter argued.

In the release, the centre said that all memberships remain on hold but that current members have the option to pay the household booking rate or purchase a one-month membership with a 15 per cent discount. Regularly priced one-month memberships are also still available for purchase.

The centre and town both said they will continue to monitor the provincial COVID-19 situation to determine if “additional hours and services can be instated.”

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