Culture & Recreation News - Covid Update

June 09, 2021

June 9, 2021

Kerrobert Culture and Recreation News – June 9, 2021

What a week it has been!  Town staff have been crazy busy trying to keep up with spring and summer duties and the reopening of Recreation facilities.  Minor Ball committee, coaches and managers are working hard to get the kids back on the field.  Parents are back to running for swimming lessons, ball games, 4H and other activities.  Health Care workers are opening up for families to visit again.  It’s amazing and beautiful to watch it all happen.

Step 1 of the Re-Opening RoadMap is now in place.  The following are guidelines that pertain to Kerrobert Recreation :

  • Group fitness classes involving intense training, like aerobics and spin, can resume, with three metres between participants.  Therefore, Aquasizes will begin on Tuesday June 15 and run with a total of 8 people from 2:00 – 2:30 every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon.  We will switch to summer hours on June 29.
  • Current restrictions remain in place for retail, personal care services, event facilities, casinos, bingo halls, theatres, art galleries, libraries and recreational facilities.  Kerrobert Library will continue to allow one family to visit at a time. 
  • Limit of 10 people at private indoor and outdoor gatherings, including household gatherings.
  • Limit of 30 people at public indoor gatherings.
  • Limit of 150 people at public outdoor gatherings.
  • Current province-wide masking mandate remains in place.
  • Competition and gameplay for outdoor team sports will be allowed under particular public health measures. 
  • Kerrobert Pool Safe Opening Plan highlights :
    • All children under 7 attending without a guardian MUST be able to follow all guidelines.  It is strongly recommended that parents start the season with their child to ensure they understand all guidelines.
    • Face masks or face coverings must be worn at all times in the facility and can only be removed upon entry of the pool or when outside, physically distanced from other patrons.
    • It is strongly encouraged that swimmers come dressed for the water and leave in their bathing suits.  However, changing stalls will be open if needed.
    • Patrons are required to sign in at the book provided at the front door; you will be asked for your name, phone number and group size.
    • Main pool capacity will be 50 and Paddling Pool capacity will be 25 (this includes all people on deck and in water).  There will be a 1 hour time limit if we reach capacity.
    • In the Main Pool, no toys will be permitted during public swim.  In the Paddling Pool, families may bring their own toys.
    • All swimmers level preschool, 1, 2 and 3 MUST be accompanied by an adult in the facility, even for private lessons. If no adult is present, the child may not participate in the lesson.  Parents MAY be asked to assist in the water if child requires assistance.
    • There is a max capacity of 4 swimmers for lane swim and it will be held in the deep end.  Lane swim is first come, first serve.

Step 2 expected to take effect on June 20.  In Step 2, public health measures will be eased as follows:

  • 150 person maximum capacity at event facilities, casinos, bingo halls, theatres, art galleries, libraries and recreational facilities, must maintain an occupancy that allows for physical distancing, restaurant guidelines apply at venues that serve food.
  • No change from Step One at gyms and fitness facilities, primary, secondary and post-secondary education and childcare.
  • All remaining restrictions on youth and adult sports will be lifted.
  • Limit of 15 people at private indoor gatherings, including household gatherings.
  • Limit of 150 people at public indoor gatherings and private and public outdoor gatherings.
  • Current province-wide masking mandate remains in place.

Communities in Bloom - Hope is Growing
Communities in Bloom has done an outstanding job with the planters this year, they look beautiful.  And thank you to all the residents who are “planting yellow” to show hope for days ahead.  We are still accepting donations for flower pots and they can be mailed to Box 558, Kerrobert SK or dropped off at the Town office.  Cheques must be made out to the Town of Kerrobert with Communities in Bloom in the memo. 

Swimming Pool and Park Program News
WOW!  Opening weekend was eventful!  We had a record187 swimmers the first day for a sponsored swim by the Town of Kerrobert and Recreation Board.  The Kerrobert Credit Union sponsored the next 3 days of swims and we again reached capacity on those days.  Many thanks to the Kerrobert Credit Union for their generosity.  The high number of swimmers reminded us that cost is a factor for many families.  It was amazing and heartwarming to touch base with so many parents and kids again. 

The weekend was not without incident and we remind parents that just because your child is 7 years old, maturity level and ability to handle emergencies should be considered before sending your child to the pool.  Your child should be able to recite their parents phone number if they are coming down alone so that we can contact you quickly if needed.  We also remind families that poor behavior will not be tolerated as our guards are there for lifesaving purposes, not for discipline issues.  Hats off to our guards who managed many incidents including 1 save, 6 first aids, 9 discipline issues resulting in removal from the pool, and a variety of other issues that surprised us after a year off.  Thank you for the MANY positive comments we received over the first weekend.  Local support is needed to ensure the future of our pool.  Please do not hesitate to call the Rec office with any questions or concerns.

We currently have 118 children registered for lessons and 39 people signed up for passes.  We encourage families and individuals, when able to purchase passes (season or punch passes) to reduce handling of money between patrons and employees.

Huge thanks to Gopher Byte for their donation of wifi at the pool which will soon allow us use of a debit and credit card machine allowing us to receive non-contact payment from our patrons.

A reminder that KidSport forms are available at the school and at the Town office for families who need financial support to take swimming lessons.  As well, if a family is working with a support worker through Social Services, we encourage asking if there is assistance is available to allow for swimming passes.  The pool is a wonderful place to spend the summer.

Kerrobert Fairground News
We received word this week that the Kerrobert Fairgrounds will not be holding a Rodeo this year as the restrictions are still making it difficult to hold and event and cover the expenses.  We can’t wait to see our grounds busy again next week with Rodeo’s, ball tournaments, 4H events and family reunions.

Zamboni News
Thank you for the continued support from the community on the purchase of our new Zamboni.  We currently have $97,750 raised to date which includes anonymous personal donations as well as several donations from our business community.  Watch for more photos and information to come on more donations from our, always generous community!

Kerrobert Courthouse News
The Kerrobert Museum committee is working away to complete a Town of Kerrobert timeline in the basement of the Courthouse highlighting the past 100 years.  We have recently shared the data with residents of the Pioneer Haven and look forward to hearing if they have anything to add or correct.  We are asking residents of the community to consider sharing old photos of our community to add to the timeline.  Be sure to follow the Kerrobert Museum facebook page to see weekly posts about our history.

The Kerrobert Courthouse Restoration Society is holding a Courtyard Clean up Day on Friday June 11 at 10:00 a.m..  They welcome anyone to come out to assist and to bring rakes, gloves and trowels!

Kerrobert Parks
The Kerrobert Poolside Park committee purchased equipment this winter and it was placed in the park this week by Town staff.  The committee continues to look for ways to enhance our Parks and we encourage you to consider joining the committee or sharing your thoughts.  Special thanks goes out to Terra Lyn Ley who worked with Ryley and Kim Wack from Ravenwood Developers Ltd. to donate a “Free Little Library” to our Poolside Park.  Ryley and Kim built and placed the Little Library so that our community can share share, donate and pick out books at their leisure.  It has been overwhelmingly popular!

A reminder from the Wildlife Federation that if you are using the Reservoir and Nature Trail, please be sure to use the waste or recycle bins that are provided.  If they aren’t available, please take your waste or recycling with you.

We would like to thank the crew from Prairie Branches would are doing clean up and maintenance at the Hillside Park twice a month this summer.  We are happy that they will be able to come enjoy our pool with three private swims as a way to thank them for all their hard work.

Kerrobert Library
The Kerrobert Library Board welcomes new staff member Staci Hall who will be taking on the programming activities at our Library.  Be sure to follow that page to find out about the fun that will be offered this summer!

There are a number of opportunities to receive your vaccination and we remind residents to book online or call 1-833-727-5829 for vaccination clinics.  As we reopen, we know that the mental health of many continues to be affected in many ways.  Be kind and gentle with yourselves, and please reach out to a professional if you are in need of extra support.  In the words of Dr. Jody Carrington, “we are all just walking each other home.”  Stay well friends.

Sask Health Line – 811
211 Saskatchewan – 211
(National Indian Residential School Crisis Line and other mental health services)
West Central Crisis Center – 1-306-463-6655
West Central Crisis after hours – 1-306-463-1860
(24 hour line)
Heartland Health Region - 1-866-268-9139
Kerrobert Food Bank - 834-5294 or 834-8292
Kerrobert KidSport – 834-2344
Recreation on call phone – 834-8355

Bobbi Hebron
Recreation Director