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Vecova - Extended Pool Closure
Posted September 30, 2019
Please be advised that due to unforeseen issues requiring major repairs to the pool basin and structure, the Vecova pool will be closed until further notice. The Vecova pool area has been closed for planned renovations since August 3. All dryland fitness programs and gym and studio rentals at Vecova will open as scheduled on September 16, and are not impacted by this closure. During this closure, other aquatics options can be found. Vecova members will be able to use their punch passes at these locations:


Please continue to check Vecova's website as further details will be announced in the coming weeks.

Vecova staff appreciate your understanding and will continue to do their best to address these concerns as soon as possible. For any questions or concerns, please contact Vecova Recreation Centre at 403 284 2231 or recinfo@vecova.ca.

Anti-Entrapment Compliance Plan
Posted March 23, 2019
Alberta Health Services, Environmental Public Health has released the following documents to help public swimming pool owners and agents assess the entrapment risk in their facilities and comply with the anti-entrapment requirement of the Pool Standards, July 2014 (amended January 2018).

Due to the complexity and specialized knowledge needed to assess the equipment required for anti-entrapment, the owner or their agent may contract the services of a suitable professional or professional engineer to complete the anti-entrapment documentation. Documentation provided by the service professional and/or engineer should be included with the anti-entrapment plan.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss please contact the following:

Grant Funding Now Available
Posted March 15, 2019
On March 14th, the Municipal Climate Change Action Center (MCCAC) announced grant funding to support energy savings initiatives for municipally owned recreation facilities (REC Program). 3D Energy is an AARFP member and a turn-key energy consultant that is approved by MCCAC to deliver services under this program.

To learn more about the program and schedule a time to talk with 3D Energy staff about moving a project forward, click here.

Alberta Labour Inspecting Arenas
Posted March 18, 2019
Background - On October 17, 2017, an ammonia leak occurred at the Fernie Arena that resulted in the death of three workers. It was determined that the leak was due to the failure of aging ice plant equipment. In 2017, to monitor this emerging issue, Alberta Labour launched a focused inspection initiative of arenas throughout Alberta. The inspection initiative focused on recreational ice facilities with an ammonia chilling process and/or internal combustion powered ice surfacing machines. 195 inspections were conducted which resulted in a number of orders requiring corrective actions at work sites. Alberta Labour will be conducting a second focused inspection initiative of Alberta arenas between March 15, and April 10, 2019.

Objective - Using a firm, fair and flexible approach Occupational Health and Safety Officers will inspect approximately 100 arenas to monitor compliance of work site parties with the Occupational Health and Safety Act as it relates to chemical and physical hazards at Arenas. Educate work site parties on their responsibilities regarding the internal responsibility system, which will include joint work site health and safety committees and\or health and safety representatives. Increase the knowledge of chemical and physical hazards at arenas and their associated controls.

For information related to the initiative please contact Bill Reid at 403-382-4493 or bill.reid@gov.ab.ca

Asset Management
Posted February 6, 2019
The Alberta Association Recreation Facility (AARFP), in collaboration with the Ontario Recreation Facility Association (ORFA), and Marmak Information Technologies has customized a user-friendly software application called Recreation Facilities Asset Management (RFAM) based on Ontario's successful Municipal DataWorks (MDW) asset repository program. Details Here.

Arena Focused Inspections Program Report
Posted January 16, 2019
Following the Fernie Memorial Arena tragedy, Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) identified arenas as a key area for focused inspections in the 2017/18 fiscal year. Three workers were fatally injured as a result of an ammonia leak in October of 2017. This proactive focused inspections program ran from December 8, 2017 to February 28, 2018. In June 2018, significant amendments were made to the Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) Act. We invite you to read the report here.

Toxic Gas Safety Guidelines for Municipal Arena Operations in Alberta
Posted October 2, 2018
Alberta Municipal Health & Safety has just released its Toxic Gas Safety Guidelines for Municipal Arena Operations in Alberta. This is a guideline with basic information for Alberta Municipalities with arena operations where there may be potential for exposure to toxic gases. Please share this with your workmates.

Technical Safety BC's Investigation Report
Posted September 20, 2018
On October 16, 2017, the curling brine chiller at the Fernie Memorial Arena was put back into operation after a seasonal shutdown. During the shutdown and seasonal maintenance, ammonia had been detected in the curling brine system, indicating that the curling brine chiller was leaking. On October 17th, an ammonia alarm in the arena's mechanical room was triggered. In the end, three people were found deceased. An investigation followed, and the final report can be read here.

Pool Standards Updated in 2018
Posted January 30, 2018
Pool Operators - The Alberta Pool Standards July 2014 (amended 2017) were adopted on August 24, 2017 under the Public Swimming Pools Regulation. The document is here for your information and use. For additional information on the Pool Standards please refer to Alberta Health.

Leisure Lines Member Newsletter

Leisure Lines is the official newsletter of the Alberta Association of Recreation Facility Personnel, published four times per year. To contribute articles, please contact the Editor at the AARFP office.AARFP publishes a quarterly newsletter, Leisure Lines. This is a great publication that helps keep our members informed on the latest technologies and innovations in the industry. Along with archives of previous issues, the Fall 2019 issue is now available to our members.

All current members with a valid email address on file at the RFP Office will be notified by email that it has been posted on the homepage. If you have not received an email advising you of this, and you are a current member of RFP, please contact the office at office@aarfp.com so we can update your email address in our database to ensure you will not miss any upcoming notices.


What's in the latest issue?

  • President & Executive Director Reports
  • Meet Jacquie Clarke, RFP
  • 2020 Course Schedule
  • 2020 Course Registration Click here to log into your membership account.
  • Skip Hayden Golf Tournament
  • ALS Society of Alberta
  • Is Your Facility Ready for Ice Making Season
  • Recreation Energy Conservation Program
  • Municipal Climate Change Action
  • Emergency Management in Context
  • Staff as Customers
  • Workplace Well-being
  • Good Change, Bad Change, Optimum Change
  • How do you learn?
  • And more!

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Industry Info

AARFP Important Documents
Alberta Public Swimming Pools Regulation 204/2014
Canada Infrastructure Report Card - Posted Nov 13, 2014
Snow Loading & Roof Failures Alert - Posted Jan 25, 2014
Regular Structural Inspections Are Key - Posted Jan 25, 2014

The information and recommendations contained in these articles are provided voluntarily and in good faith. They are derived from experience, information and sources that are believed to be reliable and accurate at the time of publication. The information is shared solely for information purposes only. Users of the information are to exercise their own judgment with respect to its use. The Alberta Association of Recreation Facility Personnel (AARFP), employees and agents disclaim liability for any claims, actions, demands or suits that may arise by reason of any person relying on the information contained in this document, and more particularly, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the AARFP and associates disclaim liability for the appropriateness of the recommendations or information.

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