Altona, MB. February 18, 2021:
Altona residents can take their walking indoors, as the Millennium Exhibition Centre Walking Track is set to re-open on February 19, 2021.
With the recent public health order announcements, the team has been hard at work to find a safe way to offer an option for residents to get moving, indoors. This effort has led to the re-opening of the Millennium Exhibition Centre Walking Track for use by all residents. Access to the track will be available free of charge at this time. Any current track pass holders are encouraged to contact the Recreation Office at 204-324-9005 to discuss options.
“As a regular user of the MEC indoor track, I know full well, how Altona residents of all ages and all fitness levels, rely on the track for our winter exercise…..especially when it’s -30 degrees,” said Mayor Al Friesen. “I have full confidence we will support the public health requirements in order to once again enjoy one of our normal winter activities And as we continue to strive to lower our active covid case count, more re-openings are on the way.”
The track is available for use from 7 am until 5 pm on weekdays, and those wishing to use it are required to pre-register by calling 204-324-9005. When booking a time slot, individuals will be required to provide contact tracing information, and be advised that they must complete the COVID-19 Screening Tool prior to entering the building. Time slots are limited to one hour, and no more than 12 people are permitted to use the track at a time. Physical distancing is required at all times, and masks must be worn at all times. Touch points within the track are sanitized by the Recreation Team three times daily.
In addition to re-opening the track for use, the public washroom facility at the Buffalo Creek Nature Park is now open. This facility will be available from 8 am – 9 pm daily, and due to current public health orders, must only be used for washroom access. Masks must be worn in this facility at all times.
The Millennium Exhibition Centre ice surface (Sunflower Gardens Arena) will not re-open this season. This decision was not taken lightly, and came after hearing from local user groups, and other rural communities. The Recreation team will remove the ice, and continue to explore options to safely offer that indoor space for community use within public health guidelines.
“Our council shares the community’s disappointment about not re-opening the Sunflower Gardens. We had held off pulling the plug as long as possible in the hope that even though the Maroons, Altona Minor Hockey and the Figure Skating Club had cancelled their seasons, we could ultimately use the ice surface for public skating and other community access. Unfortunately the current restrictions, which remain in effect into March, did not allow us to make that happen. We do know that our outdoor ice surfaces will be fun options with the return of mild weather.” said Mayor Al Friesen.
As for the great outdoors, there are six outdoor skating surfaces, a tobogganing hill and toboggan slide, along with cleared trails and groomed cross country ski trails available for the communities use, thanks to the combined efforts of our Recreation team, and community volunteers. Residents of Altona are invited to continue enjoying this outdoor space.