Restarting Recreation Programs, Culture Programs and Facilities Safely and Progressively

Our Recreation Team is excited to welcome you back!

Operating in a pandemic environment, we ask that all participants read, understand, follow and respect the important guidelines below for the health and safety of everyone. We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we work through this together.

What to expect when attending programs or
visiting our facilities: 


     Hand Hygiene

  • Unless notified otherwise, please bring your own hand sanitizer to outdoor programs and facilities.
  • Hand sanitizer or handwashing facilities are available at all indoor and RDCK facilities.
  • Frequent handwashing will be promoted at our facilities, especially in kids programs and camps.
  • Water fountains will not be available, please bring your own water bottle.

     Symptom Screening

  • Stay home if you're sick! Before visiting recreation facilities or attending programs, participants and staff are asked to do a self-check and stay home if experiencing any symptoms. For more information visit this online Self-Assessment Tool.
  • Any participants displaying symptoms will be kindly asked to leave for the collective safety of all participants and staff.

      Physical Distancing

  • Larger or outdoor spaces may be used to ensure 2m (6 foot) distancing.
  • Program capacities may be reduced based on the space and type of activity. Please do not arrive more than 5 mins before your class.
  • Activities will be modified to focus on individual play with no contact. Spectators are not permitted at this time. 
  • Facility modifications including increased signage, floor markings and barriers.

Our Recreation team is using the current information and guidelines from Provincial agencies to inform our summer recreation program offerings. As COVID-19 is unpredictable, we will continue to be adaptable.

Programs may need to be changed, moved or cancelled as the pandemic and associated measures evolve. Refunds and/or credits will be made available as needed. We ask that you be patient and understanding if changes need to be made throughout the course of the summer. Thank you.

Recreation and Leisure Programs

The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) offers a variety of recreation and leisure programs and services through community recreation facilities, departments and commissions.

Here's what we're doing.....


The RDCK will be following appropriate health and safety recommendations from the Provincial Health Officer, Interior Health Authority, the British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association, Recreation Facilities Association of British Columbia and WorkSafe. From the beginning of this pandemic public and staff safety has been our top priority. 

The RDCK is cancelling all time based memberships, backdated to March 17, 2020. You can use your account credit to pay for summer fitness and recreation programming or leave the credit on your account so you can purchase new memberships when our facilities re-open. You can also request a refund (3-4 weeks to process) by emailing your recreation facility.  

  • Castlegar & District Recreation         
  • Creston & District Recreation            
  • Nelson & District Recreation             
  • Salmo & District Recreation               


Each of our recreation services is unique. Our services in Creston and Castlegar have facilities that include large parks and outdoor open spaces. Because of this, Creston and Castlegar will be our test sites for outdoor fitness programming. To start there will only be a few offerings with limited class sizes so that our staff and participants are safe.

The Recreation services in Castlegar, Creston, Nelson, and Salmo are gearing up for a fun filled summer outside. Regional summer programs will include outdoor fitness classes.

The RDCK weight rooms remain closed until further notice. Please check back here for up to date information.

RDCK indoor and outdoor pools remain closed until further notice. Please check back here for up to date information.

Salmo’s outdoor pool will open for the summer. A tentative date for opening is set for July 6, 2020.

The RDCK Arenas remain closed until further notice. Please check back here for up to date information.

The RDCK pickle ball courts in Creston are close to completion, guidelines will be in place for public use. Please check back here for up to date information.   

Room bookings will be available within our facilities only when we can safely adhere to physical distancing and ensure the safety of our staff and patrons. We will keep you informed on our progress.

The Recreation services in Castlegar, Creston, Nelson, and Salmo are gearing up for a fun filled summer outside. Regional summer programs will include; Boot Camp, Yoga,  Red Cross, Home Alone, Children’s Day Camps, Micro Camps, and more. 

Program registration will open on June 23rd for July and August summer programming. All programs are pre-registered. Further information will be available within the next two weeks on the RDCK website and Facebook page and on local recreation Facebook pages.

New Programs This Summer

RDCK Water Safety Ambassadors will be available at beaches throughout the regional district.  With the pools closed, and physical distancing measures in place, the Water Safety Ambassadors will play an important role in bringing tips and friendly family activities to the beaches in drowning prevention education. 

RDCK Park Ambassadors will be present at our local parks across the region. Park Ambassadors will talk with residents about safe-social outdoor activities to promote healthy and active lifestyles during the pandemic. Park Ambassadors look forward to engaging the public on park usage and other amenities they would like to see in the future. 

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The content on this page was last updated June 25 2020 at 12:11 PM