Eastglen is the only affordable option for me to continue swimming due to the proximity and price point of Eastglen versus the other recreation centres. What other options are there for me?
As established through the Approach to Community Recreation Facility Planning in Edmonton, a guiding principle is to provide reasonable and equitable access to community recreation facilities. At the same time, the intent is for recreation facilities to be both sustainable and distributed throughout the City.
Specific to proximity, the Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre and the Hardisty Fitness & Leisure Centre are both also approximately 3km away; the ACT Aquatic and Recreation Centre is approximately 5km from the Eastglen Leisure Centre. All three of these alternate facilities offer amenities such as a swimming pool.
In terms of affordability, the City of Edmonton offers the Leisure Access Program (LAP). The LAP Annual Program provides unlimited access to participating facilities (including Commonwealth Recreation Centre) and includes discounts on registered programs (daycamps, art classes, swimming lessons etc) through an Annual Program or Monthly Pass. An individual may qualify for the LAP Annual Program depending on multiple criteria.
Free Annual Program:
Is currently on AISH
Has an income below the low income threshold
Is a recently landed immigrant or refugee
LAP Monthly Pass provides a subsidized pass for low-income Edmontonians near the low income threshold. The monthly passes are $20/month, while family passes are available for $70/month.
More information about the Leisure Access Program can be found here: https://www.edmonton.ca/programs_services/leisure-access-program.aspx
In addition to LAP, the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues has partnered with the City of Edmonton to offer the Community League Wellness Program offering admission incentives to enjoy the City's sports and recreation facilities.
Further admission programs are available to companies through the Corporate Wellness Program, which requires a minimum pass purchase for employees.
Only when Council’s budget deliberations have concluded in December will Administration know for sure how many of these recommendations will be enacted over time. Any decisions regarding City of Edmonton recreation centres will include detailed public information sessions as we determine our next steps.
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