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City keeping ice in Pomeroy until April 10

Rec details for spring, summer forthcoming
PomeroySportCentre
The Pomeroy Sport Centre in Fort St. John, March 23, 2020.

Winter may be on its way out, but hockey players and figure skaters will have another month to get some practices in.

The city decided to leave ice in at the Pomeroy Sport Centre until April 10. Normally, the ice would come out right before spring break, with the North Peace Arena keeping ice in a bit longer.

However, with the NPA closed, and the Fort St. John Trade Show not taking place in April, there was no hurry to take out the only ice in Fort St. John.

Recreation manager Vanessa Cumming said programming information for the dry floor season will be released later this month.

Looking ahead to summer, Cumming said the North Peace Leisure Pool, the Kid’s Arena Fieldhouse, the sport centre, the Surerus ball diamonds, four Kin Park ball diamonds, and three NLC diamonds will be open, if PHO restrictions don’t become tighter than they currently are. Two Kin Park diamonds will be closed for construction.

This marks a big difference from 2020, where the pool, the sport centre, and the fieldhouse were closed all summer.

Currently, indoor and outdoor team sports for people under the age of 22 remain in Phase 2 of viaSport’s Return to Sport plan, with all competition prohibited. All adult indoor and outdoor sports also remain prohibited.

“Every time the provincial health orders get updated, we do a staff review, and we’ll continue to do that as updates come out throughout the summer,” Cumming said, when asked how the city’s rec facility guidelines may change and evolve through the summer.

Looking back to September, when the city first reopened its rec facilities, Cumming said users have been respectful and have followed the guidelines.

“User groups have worked with us to make sure they are following provincial guidelines as well, and have followed the smaller capacity numbers,” said Cumming.

Email sports reporter Dillon Giancola at sports@ahnfsj.ca.