Facility News from the LRC

 

On occasion adjustments are made to our activity and facility schedules.  Details will be provided here, including when regular operations and schedules are anticipated to resume.


LRC Fieldhouse Schedule Adjustments and Closures

- Updated July 25, 2022 -

Leduc County Fieldhouse (courts A, B & C) will be affected Aug 26 - 31 as a result of court line re-painting. Activity options and schedules for the fieldhouses is available here - http://live.leduc.ca/leduc/public/category/browse/FIELDHOUSE

Fri, Aug 26 - Mon, Aug 29 | Courts B & C CLOSED

Mon, Aug 29 - Weds, Aug 31 | Court A CLOSED 


Annual Aquatic Centre Shutdown

- Updated July 11, 2022 -

The indoor pool will be closed for its annual maintenance August 28 – September 19, 2022. 
Join us at the outdoor pool until September 5, 2022 (weather permitting).
Current LRC memberships will be accepted at the Beaumont Sport and Recreation Centre for swimming opportunities during our shutdown.


Indoor & Outdoor Pool Schedules Changes

- Updated July 11, 2022 -

Due to staffing levels, adjustments have been made to both our indoor and outdoor pool schedules in order to ensure sufficient senior staff coverage at both facilities this summer.  Operating hours during a limited number of time periods have been reduced at each facility between now and September.  The affected times are primarily Friday - Monday at the beginning or end of the day to shorten overall operating hours. 

LRC Indoor Pool

  Regular Hours Adjusted Hours Impacts
Monday 5:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. 5:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Public & Fitness Swim access will end at 4 p.m. Swimming lessons will continue to operate as scheduled from 4 - 6:30 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. a.m. Lane Swim cancelled (available at Alexandra Outdoor Pool), Public Swim reduced by 60 mins.
Sunday 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Public Swim reduced by 6 hours to 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Alexandra Outdoor Pool

  Regular Hours Adjusted Hours Impacts
Weekday Operating hours vary between June, July and August due to day Any weekday Public Swim ends at 9 p.m.
Saturday Evening Public Swims from 7 - 9 p.m. in July will be cancelled.
Sunday a.m. Lane Swim cancelled (available at the LRC's Indoor Pool). Evening Public Swims from 7 - 9 p.m. in July will be cancelled.

Up-to-date Schedule Information

Plan your next visit by looking up operating hours and acitivity schedules here:


Summer Water Safety Tips

Though important, swimming skills alone aren't always enough to save a life. Learning water safety-such as how to prepare for an emergency, and what to do if one should occur-is key to preventing an emergency in or on the water. It's swimming skills combined with safety knowledge and skills that saves lives.  There are simple steps that families can follow to keep backyard pools and experiences at the lake or river safe this summer. 
 
Active Supervision

  • The absence of adult supervision is a factor in most child drownings. Whether it's a pool, the bathtub, a water park, or the beach, always watch children actively around water even if they can swim.
  • Consider requiring all non-swimmers to wear a lifejacket to keep them at the surface to assist you while supervising.  Lifejackets or Personal Flotation Devices (PFD) are not substitutes for supervision by an adult with good swimming skills.
  • Teach your child that you always enter the water first and then your child.
  • Take your children with you if you have to leave the pool or lake for any reason.

Backyard Pools

  • Build a fence that has a self-closing and self-latching gate; keep the gate closed with restricted access at all times.
  • Empty portable toddler pools after each use.
  • Above-ground pools should have the ladder or steps removed when not in use.
  • Establish pool rules. These can include: swim with a buddy, children must have an adult with them at all times, and no glass containers around the pool.
  • Few backyard pools are safe for diving - swimmers should always enter the water feet-first.
  • Have readily accessible reaching or throwing assists, a working phone and first aid kit.
  • Take all toys out of pools when you get out: Children are often attracted to toys floating in the pool and can easily fall in if trying to reach for one.
  • Keep a clean pool deck to reduce the temptation to play near the pool.

General Water Safety Tips

  • Keep your promises. When you tell your toddler that you will go swimming, keep your word so the toddler does not feel the need to get water time that he/she missed out on.
  • Never underestimate the power of currents in open water. Swimmers or waders can be swept away in an instant, particularly if non-swimmers or weak swimmers get caught by current in rivers or out of their depth in abrupt drop-offs.
  • Be cautious about swimming in currents, and know what to do if caught in a current.

Aquatic Service Level Adjustments FAQ's

Why did the city change service levels at its aquatic facilities?
We do not have enough staff resources to operate both the indoor (LRC) and outdoor (Alexandra) pools. This is due to lasting impacts of the pandemic, inflation and job insecurity; all contributing to widespread staffing shortages which is greatly pronounced in the aquatics industry. We are not alone in this struggle. For us specifically, the departure of experienced staff combined with having to operate and staff a second pool during the summer has required us to revisit the hours of operation at both facilities to ensure sufficient senior staff coverage.
 
What other communities are experiencing the same issues?
Besides the province’s two largest cities (Calgary and Edmonton), we know fellow municipalities of Spruce Grove, Beaumont and Fort Saskatchewan are experiencing ongoing challenges with attraction and retention of experienced aquatics staff. What makes our situation unique, is that we’ve doubled our operations to maintain two facilities between the LRC and the Alexandra Outdoor Pool during the summer.
 
What are the impacts on service levels?
We’ve had to change our operating hours for both facilities between now and September. Affected operational hours are primarily Mondays and weekends at the LRC, with various operational hours at the outdoor pool (more details can be found on Live Leduc)

Why were these days/times selected to close the pool and it remains open at other times when fewer people are available due to work commitments?
We’re mirroring our operational efforts with the seasonal outdoor pool, which means doubling staffing requirements. Normally, this is something we can accommodate through seasonal lifeguard resourcing which is now incredibly difficult due to the staffing shortages in the aquatics industry. For public safety, our aquatic facilities require a staffing complement of senior staff to oversee new, junior lifeguards and when we don’t have those senior employees, it greatly affects the services we’re able to provide. The decision to make these temporary changes were not taken lightly and reflected the combination of current senior staff availability and historic facility usage statistics to minimize the impact to the least number of pool users. 
 
If closing the outdoor pool due to weather, why can’t the staff go to the indoor pool to operate that facility instead of keeping it closed as scheduled?
While this was considered it would be extremely challenging to communicate changes to pool operations/schedules on a hourly basis due to the weather to both our staff and patrons causing a confusing and frustrating experience for everyone. 
 
When will the indoor pool return to its normal hours of operation?
We are targeting September to reinstate the regular hours of operation once the outdoor pool closes for the season and we can again staff a single facility.
 
I’ve seen the advertisements and understand that the city has new lifeguards coming on board.  Why are closures now happening with more pool staff being hired?
The strategies we put in place to recruit and certify new lifeguards and instructors have successfully increased staffing levels. Most of our new hires are new with little to no experience. In a highly regulated, safety environment these new employees have restrictions on what they can do independently and with minimal supervision. As we’re experiencing a critical shortage of experienced senior staff and supervisors we’ve had to make the hard decision to change facility operations.

What is the city doing to resolve the issue?
We’re continuing to target recruitment efforts for individuals with experience, providing training and development for existing staff, and increasing the number of permanent employees. All these efforts are designed to complement our modified operations to make the best use of existing resources.
 
I’ve noticed that the indoor pool schedule no longer allows for shared activities like public swimming during lessons. Why is this?
Since the pool expanded 15 years ago and spontaneous-use schedule was introduced, the community has doubled in size and so has demands for aquatic services. A necessary change in this rebalancing was to move away from the 12-hour (9 a.m. to 9 p.m.) spontaneous-use schedule to an activity-based pool schedule. This allows complementary activities to be combined into the same blocks and other type of activities will be scheduled at a different time, maximizing participation in each block. This activity-based schedule was introduced last summer with positive attendance results. The activity-based schedule will also help increase the overall capacity and experience for each type of activity in comparison to all-day spontaneous use.
 
I have not been able to get my kids into swim lessons this summer, why is that?
We have maximized the number of lessons offered at the indoor pool based on available instructors and the number of swim stations we can operate at any given time. Like other communities, we have been and are continuing to certify new swim instructors through training programs. This process takes time but is having success. In addition, our pool has a limited number of lesson stations it can operate based on water depth as lessons for younger participants require shallow water. It will be over a period of years, not months, that we are able to catch up to the community’s demand for swim lessons due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and now due to challenging staffing circumstances.
 
Can I still access the steam room or hot tub at the indoor pool outside of public swimming times?
At least one of our hot pools and the steam room is available for drop-in use during all hours of operation at the indoor pool.