July 16, 2014 4:20 am
Updated: July 16, 2014 6:25 am

UPDATE: Terwillegar Rec Centre reopens

WATCH: Terwillegar Rec Centre will be closed Tuesday following a water main break. John Sexsmith has the details.

EDMONTON – Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre reopened Tuesday at 4 p.m. after being closed Monday because of a water main break in the north parking lot.

The city says regularly scheduled drop-in programming resumed Tuesday, and registered programming will restart on Wednesday.

All summer sports day camps that were moved off-site during this time will return to the facility on Wednesday. The city adds City Arts Centre day camps participants will be contacted directly and advised of program location.

Anyone requiring more information about programming, schedules or day camps is asked to call 311.


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The staff parking area will be closed because of the water main break and repair work.

“Between 5:00 and 5:30 our staff discovered that, on the north side of the building, in the staff entrance, the staff parking lot, there was a break in the water line,” said Mark Dafoe, Terwillegar’s operations and site coordinator, on Monday.

“We ended up with … between a foot and a foot and a half of water in our parking lot. Because it’s the entrance to our building… we got probably about six to eight inches into our building operations area.”

The City of Edmonton says crews are working to repair the break as quickly as possible, but the facility will be closed until the work is completed and the centre can resume normal operations.

Dafoe says staff contacted families attending summer day camps first thing Monday morning and staff are also positioned at the doors to tell people about the closure in person.

“We have a lot of our day camps coming into the building today,” said Dafoe. “Terwillegar always has open times for the gymnasium and for the pool itself… fortunately our swimming lessons don’t start until tomorrow”

“We’re seeing if we can run some of our camps outside,” he added. “Perhaps, if this is longer than just today, working with our partners in the high schools in the immediate area to see if we can get access.”

The Terwillegar Rec Centre has between 3,500 and 4,000 visitors daily, said Dafoe.

“I was going to work out… now, just going to go home probably,” said 14-year-old Dylan Spaui.

“I think we’re here almost every day,” added his mother Jennifer Kennedy, “one of us at least, if not three or four of us in the family. It’s a regular part of our lifestyle.”

“This keeps him occupied. He’s a total fitness guy.”

“I was going to work out… now, just going to go home probably,” said 14-year-old Dylan Spaui.

“I think we’re here almost every day,” added his mother Jennifer Kennedy, “one of us at least, if not three or four of us in the family. It’s a regular part of our lifestyle.”

“This keeps him occupied. He’s a total fitness guy.”

Terwillegar Rec Centre patrons are invited to use the City’s other rec facilities during the shutdown, including Mill Woods Recreation Centre, Confederation Recreation Centre, Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre and Kinsmen Sports Centre.

Schedule, admission and program information is available in the E-Active Recreation Guide, by calling 311, or online at edmonton.ca/recreationcentres. Terwillegar rec centre is located at 2051 Leger Road.

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