Service Disruptions

This page will be updated during an emergency or incident when there is a disruption to services, as well as any other utility services.

It will include descriptions of the disruption, estimated timeline for disruption (if available), as well as contact information.

Saanich residents will soon have access to more recreation services just in time for summer as the District begins to gradually reopen its four recreation centres over the coming weeks.

The first phase saw Saanich Day Camps resume on June 29 with COVID-19 protocols. Visit saanich.ca/recreation for more information and registration.

The second phase will see in-person reception services and weight rooms open at all four recreation centres July 13. Online and phone-in registration is preferred. 
 

Weight rooms

Starting July 13, a new protocol will require patrons to reserve a 90-minute time slot for weight rooms. You may reserve a time online at saanich.ca/recreation or over the phone through each centre. Time slots will be available for booking five calendar days in advance.

 Ice services

 Starting July 20, ice services will restart in the Green Arena at G.R. Pearkes.

 Aquatics

 Aquafit will reopen at Gordon Head, Jul 20, and limited aquatic programs at Saanich Commonwealth Place, Aug 4. Additional services will resume later in August and beyond.

Reopening will look different
 
Staff have been carefully planning over the past months to welcome residents back into Saanich facilities with the safety of residents and staff as the top priority. In preparation, Saanich has increased the cleaning frequency in all facilities and trained staff in new safety protocols.
 
Participation in recreation activities will look different as centres reopen. The number of people in the centres will be controlled and monitored to maintain physical distancing. This means, all services, including drop-in, will be by reservation only for the foreseeable future. You can register for activities online at saanich.ca/recreation or by calling the centre.

Saanich encourages residents to review the safety protocols for specific activities before registering.
 
Please do not visit a recreation centre if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Fever
- Chills
- New or worsening cough
- Shortness of breath
- New muscle aches or headache
- Sore throat
- Have travelled outside of Canada within the last 14 days
- Are a close contact of a person who tested positive for COVID-19

The recreation safety protocols were developed based on guidelines and requirements from the Provincial Health Officer, WorkSafe BC, Island Health, BC Recreation and Parks Association, and the Lifesaving Society of BC. Saanich closed its four recreation centres March 17 to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19. Safety plans are available to the public at saanich.ca/recreation and at each facility.
 
Please watch our website at saanich.ca/COVID-19 and our social media accounts (Facebook and Twitter) for updates.  

 

Current Saanich Reception Hours – Phones Only

Commonwealth Place
Monday to Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Cedar Hill Recreation Centre
Mon to Friday 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sat/Sun 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Gordon Head Recreation Centre
Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. – 7 p.m. 
Sundays 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Pearkes Recreation Centre
Monday to Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturdays 8 a.m. – noon

 

Golf course

As of May 5, the Cedar Hill Golf Course will re-open. Please see the golf course page for further information.

Outdoor facilities

We have reopened some outdoor facilities. Reopening these facilities and activities will allow residents to enjoy outdoor sports in a careful and safe way.

The recreation facilities in Saanich Parks that have reopened include:

  • 35 tennis courts;
  • 11 pickleball courts;
  • 21 sports courts (e.g., basketball and street hockey); and
  • the Lambrick Skate Park.

Playgrounds

We will be reopening playgrounds beginning June 9 with all playgrounds open by June 10. Saanich has 56 playgrounds to reopen.

All playgrounds in municipal parks will reopen with new signage to indicate health and safety guidelines for play. Saanich encourages those using the playgrounds to:

  • practice safe physical distancing;
  • wash your hands before and after using the play area;
  • come back later if the area seems too busy;
  • limit your time if others are waiting; and
  • stay home if you feel sick.

If one park or playground looks crowded we have lots more. There are more than 170 parks (including natural state and undeveloped park lands) in Saanich for you to discover and explore! Use our find a park tool.

Phone services are available at all recreation centres from Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Please note that in-person services are not available at this time.

Online services continue to be available. Please visit saanich.ca/recreation.

Credits for cancelled programs

Credits will be issued to anyone who has registered for activities affected by these closures. Saanich staff will automatically apply the appropriate credit to your Active Net account. There is no need to contact us to cancel.Any refund requests will be processed at a later date.