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City news with regards to KED ruling and sport venues re-opening
2020-09-04

With the Labour Day long weekend only hours away, the City of Greater Sudbury has enjoyed a busy news day, one which carries potential repercussions on the local sports community.

For starters, Sudbury Wolves Sports & Entertainment issued a media release noting that the Superior Court of Justice had ruled against the legal challenge that was issued by Sudbury businessman Tom Fortin.

At the end of June, the courts heard arguments that the city had displayed bad faith and was not transparent in its decision to approve the Kingsway Entertainment District.

While the news is positive - "it's the time for us all to put this behind us and work together to grow Greater Sudbury" noted Dario Zulich in the SWSE release - the fact is that the larger issue of the LPAT tribunal hearing is still set for September 17th and 18th.

It is hoped that a decision will be made, following the two day virtual hearings, before the end of the year.

Additionally, the City issued a release with regards to the safe reopening of municipal pools, fitness centres and arenas. "As fall approaches, seeing our indoor recreational facilities start to reopen is an encouraging next step in our fight against COVID-19," stated Greater Sudbury Mayor Brian Bigger.

Following is a breakdown of the various areas that might be of interest to local residents:

Arenas
To help accommodate demand for summer and early fall ice use, the current schedule for reopening arenas is as follows:
T.M. Davies Community Centre and Arena - September 7th
Garson Community Centre - September 7th
Raymond Plourde Arena - September 14th
Chelmsford Arena - September 21st

Pools
The schedule for reopening municipal public pools is as follows:
Howard Armstrong Recreation Centre - September 8th
Nickel District - September 10th
R.G. Dow and Onaping - September 14th
Due to a mechanical issue, Gatchell is expected to open later in September - an exact date will be provided in the coming weeks

Fitness Centres
Work is also underway to prepare the City's five fitness centres to open beginning September 8th. New protocols will include, but are not limited to:
- members must register for an available timeslot through the online registration system at www.greatersudbury.ca/leisure or by calling 311 or the facility - registration will open at 7:00 a.m. on September 8th
- timeslots have been scheduled to accommodate cleaning periods throughout the day
- capacity restrictions will be in place in all areas of the facilities - fitness class scheduling will be phased in throughout the fall once facilities reopen
- some equipment may not be available to ensure physical distancing
- saunas, lockers and shared equipment will not be available
- participants are encouraged to attend the facility dressed in workout attire
- staff will monitor usage and make schedule adjustments as required

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