ComServ Issue #7 Now Available
ComServ is the Community Services Status Guide, a new product of Community Services and Strategic Services at the Town of Hinton to provide an all encompassing update on our Pandemic Status.
PARKS RECREATION AND CULTURE
DR DUNCAN MURRAY RECREATION CENTRE
The opening of your Dr. Duncan Murray Recreation Centre is ongoing. We are happy to see you come in again to enjoy more and more recreational services.
COURTS/OTHER INDOOR FACILITIES
Courts 1, 2, & 4 and Meeting Room available for public use
Bouldering Wall remains closed until safety measures are in place. The required and continuous cleaning of the holds on the wall is our main concern in ensuring the safety of all users. We continue to investigate industry standards and new developments.
Peoples Centre will open and be available as of August 24
Peoples Centre Pandemic Guidelines
All customers must:
- Sign in and use hand sanitizer at Customer Service desk
- Sign in includes screening questionnaire
- Customers are not to enter the building if they show any symptoms as defined by Alberta Health Services
- Abide by the 2-meter physical distancing requirements
- Room Occupancy limit is set at 16 individuals
- Follow Alberta Health Services guidelines when serving food or doing crafts
- All food items, beverages, condiments, utensils, and crafts items cannot be shared
- It is recommended customers use tablecloths on tables when activity involves food or crafts
- Maintain hand washing and sanitizing
- If utilizing tables and chairs, leave them set up to allow for proper disinfecting
Please call the Customer Service desk (865-4412) or Kayla Carson (865-6028) for all items related to bookings and reservations.
Weekdays: (August 24 – August 31) 9:00am to 7:00 pm
(Effective September 2) 9:00am to 9:00 pm
Closed: August 29/August 30, Monday September 7 (Labour Day)
TAKE NOTE THE FOLLOWING RESTRICTIONS ARE IN PLACE
- Customers will be required to sign in at Customer Service
- Day Care customers will be welcomed and signed in by Day Care staff separately
- Users are required to arrive dressed for their activity and bring own Equipment
- Rental equipment will not be available at this phase
- Meeting Room accommodates a maximum of 11 occupants
- We ask customers to call and book whenever possible
- Customers wishing to meet with staff are asked to call ahead and book an appointment during public hours
- There will be no access to the photocopy room, ATM, vending machines, coin lockers, court lockers, Foyer furniture and courtesy phone
- Copy service will be available through Customer Service only at this phase
- Washrooms will be available to Rec Centre customers
- All other public can use the spray park washrooms, as access to the Recreation Centre is still limited at this time
- Customers are asked to pay by debit or credit whenever possible to lessen cash transactions
- The Arena staff team has prepared one ice floor (in the Steve Hotchkiss Arena)
- Hinton Minor Hockey Association (HMHA) is hosting their hockey camp from Monday August 24 till Friday 28
- September 1 – start of ice use by user groups only
- There is no public ice use available at this time, details to be announced
- The second ice sheet (in the Bill Thomson Arena) is being built at this time. As result, concrete floor is no longer available for other usage such as PickleBall
Both public use and ice user group programming will be phased in with COVID restrictions in place. Staff plan to consult with the user groups to organize ice seasons and start ups.For Rental Inquiries contact customer Service at 780-865-4412. Regular admission and rental fees apply.
The extended repairs required on our change room air handling system are ongoing. Planned opening of the pool remains mid September.
During the annual pool maintenance shutdown it was discovered that a heat exchanger had failed and required replacement. The [exchanger] part was ordered and delivery is expected soon. The part will be replaced once delivered to Hinton.
Preparations for the installation are currently taking place in advance of delivery. Work is expected to be completed by mid-September barring any unforeseen issues.
For more information on our current shutdown maintenance activities and what we do to ensure your and our safety, please visit the 2020 Pool Shutdown page on our
Town website at Hinton.ca/PoolShutdown
The Aquatic Supervisor and Head Guard are getting ready for Phased opening and implementing the Alberta Health, Lifesaving Society and Town of hinton regulations.
OPENING OF THE AQUATIC FACILITY WILL OCCUR IN PHASES
Phase 1 - Pool:
- planned to begin mid September
- consists of Lane Swim, Aqua fitness classes, Family Swim and Private Lessons
- information regarding safety measures and restrictions plus the schedule and registration for private lessons will follow in coming weeks
- Private lessons will commence during Aquatics Phase 1
- To add your name to the call back list please contact the Aquatic Supervisor at 780-740-8063
- During Phase 1 swimmers will be required to reserve their spots online or over the phone
RESERVATION PROCEDURE FOR SWIMMING
- 6 spots available to de reserved in 30-minute increments
- Families and cohorts are encouraged to share lanes.
- 16 SHALLOW end spots will be available for reservation, and an additional 16 DEEP end spots will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis
- 32 spots will be available for reservation
- Each swimmer must reserve a spot individually
The Hot Tub, Steam Room and Play Pool will remain closed during the aquatic phase 1. Public Swims and Group lessons (including registration) to begin during later phases.
Visitors will notice that all Lifeguards will now be required to wear masks while guarding on deck. This is to ensure their safety while still allowing to actively engage with swimmers of our facility. Activities such as staff training and basin fill (water balancing) can be seen closer to opening in preparation of opening while the last installation work of the new HVAC component is being completed.
PARKS, OPEN SPACES & TRAILS
- Parks crew continues to deliver all Parks services
- Please note that bringing in our Arena/Parks Staff to start up the indoor ice season does have impact on the level of our outdoor Parks services
- We are anticipating approval in the upcoming weeks to do maintenance on the boardwalk in certain areas
- Work on removing the final section of the old Maxwell Lake bridge is taking place shortly
- Work on our municipal playground next to the Gerard Redmond Catholic School has started with the removal of the old play structure that will be replaced during upgrades in the upcoming months
- If you have any observations, requests or concerns you want to share, please use the myHinton App 24/7 and follow the directions for your submission.
- You can also contact our department by phone during office hours (780-865-2634)
COMMUNITY EVENTS Event Coordination Support
Please respect physical distancing on our boardwalk, trails and in our parksto help keep the areas open for all to enjoy.
- Community delivered events support and full equipment rentals are again available.
- Please connect with Don Engerdahl, Events Coordinator (780-865-6055) for all your event needs.
- Don is a great resource to all event organizers with questions related to safely plan their activities under up-to-date COVID restrictions.
SEASONAL FACILITIES OPEN FOR USEPlease respect physical distancing and practice good personal hygiene
The Rotary Play and Spray Park is Open!
- Town-owned and operated outhouses
- The washroom facility at Mary Reimer Regional Park (MRRP) will open when user group activity demands warrant the additional operational requirements.
- The outhouses at MRRP are open 24/7.
- The washrooms at Kinsmen Park will open soon.
- All Outdoor Tennis and Pickleball courts
- Athabasca Riverfront Park
Washrooms and change rooms are open
7 days a week from 10am to 6pm
We have seen huge numbers of visitors to the Spray Park due to the nice weather!
Staff are evaluating options to safely extend our opening hours in the early evenings.
Sun safety is important so please take adequate precautions
- Due to recent vandalism we cannot ensure that there is continuous supply of sunscreen
THE HINTON MUNICIPAL LIBRARY
Chat with library staff in real time, Monday to Friday from 10:00am to 5:30pm. To chat visit hintonlibrary.org/chat.
Visit hintonlibrary.org/chat to chat with library staff in real time. Available Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm.
FREE MASKS AVAILABLE
The Library has received about 3,500 masks from the province that members of the public can pick up in the lobby or by curbside pickup. Please contact the Library to set up an appointment before you arrive. One package of four masks will be available per person. More information about the Masks for Albertans program can be found at alberta.ca/masks
The Hinton Municipal Library is offering laptop lending & internet access to the community of Hinton. Laptops are equipped with internet hotspots and are available for one-day borrowing and by appointment only. Borrowers must have a form of government issued ID. Appointments are available Monday-Thursday.
The Library has two computer stations set up for use by the public. An appointment must be scheduled beforehand, but a Library Membership is not required. Users can print materials from these computers.
Did You Know?D
id you know you could order items from other libraries to be picked up at Hinton Library? Order books, video games, movies & more with the online catalogue by following these steps:
- Go to hintonlibrary.org
- Click on “TRACpac” in the top right of the window
- Click on “Log In” on the top right of the window
- Enter your Library Membership Barcode and PIN
- Click on the TRAC logo to return to the main page
- Search for the item(s) you would like to check out
- Click on “Place Request”
- Select the Hinton Municipal Library as the pickup location
- You will receive a message once your item is ready to be picked up
- Contact Library Staff to set up a pickup appointment
We have been adding hundreds of items to the Library’s collection, and we want you to know about them!
Just some of the new titles for Non-Fiction include:
- “Pelosi” by Molly Ball
- “Wildcrafted Fermentation” by Pascal Baudar
- “Talking with Bears” by G. A. Bradshaw
- “How Did We Get Here?” by Robert Dallek
- “Rage Against the Minivan” by Kristen Howerton
- “More Myself” by Alicia Keys
- “I’m Your Huckleberry” by Val Kilmer
- “Tapping the West” by Scott Messenger
- “Reef Life” by Callum Roberts
- “How to Talk to Your Kids about Climate Change” by Harriet Shugarman
For a full list of recently added items, please go to hintonlibrary.org and click the link on the red banner.
THE WEST FRASER GUILD - FCSS & Transportation
WE ARE OPEN!Regular Office Hours:
Monday to Friday 8am to 4pmMain phone line:
FCSS motto is"People helping people help themselves!"
Supports provided include:
- Assisting the community with identifying social needs and developing responses to meet those needs
- Enhancing the quality of life of the retired and semi-retired
- Enriching and strengthening family life
- Informing the public of available services
- Promoting, encouraging, and supporting volunteer work and non-profit groups in the community
- Promoting the social development of children and their families
REGISTRATION AND INFORMATION FAIR
The Annual Registration and Information Fair has been cancelled this year due to COVID-19. We plan to host next year, with a date tentatively set for Wednesday, September 8th 2021.
FAMILY RESOURCE NETWORK
The Caregiver Education Coordinator is looking forward to launching brand new fall programming, including:
- An Infant Massage 4-Week Course
- Walk & Talk Parent Support
- Mother’s First Group
- 1-1 Caregiver Support
- AND MORE!
As families settle into the new school year, there will be many questions and stressors. Jackie Delves, Caregiver Education Coordinator, is here to help with information, resources, and supports for parents – give her a call at 780-223-CARE (2273)
Check our Facebook Page for activity calendars, updates, resources, and more!
COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX PROGRAM
312 income taxes have been filed this year!
We want to thank the individuals who volunteer their time to file all the client income taxes.
This program would not be able to run without you!
HINTON KIDS FOR SUCCESS
Summer & Fall Child Care
The Hinton Kids for Success team wants to say a big thank you to all of our generous sponsors who helped us create an amazing summer full of adventure, learning, and fun! Their contributions supported our summer programming and made the summer extra special.
Hinton Kids for Success returns to our school-year programming on September 8 with the start of the new school year. There are still a few spots left for children ages 5-12 in need of affordable, reliable, and fun-filled childcare. There are also subsidies available.
Please call 780-865-6036 to learn more!
The Youth Centre reopens to the public on September 8 with the start of the new school year. We are so excited to catch up with everyone! To ensure our Centre is safe, we have implemented a few new safety measures including:
- Masks will be mandatory for all youth and staff
- Eating and preparing food has been temporarily removed – but don’t worry – we’ll still have snacks to go!
- Floor markings and systems will be in place for social distancing
- Additional cleaning measures will be implemented
Things will look a bit different to ensure we can all be safe together, but don’t worry – the Youth Centre will still be a great place to hang out, play games, and socialize!
ELDER ABUSE PREVENTION: AUGUST UPDATE
With COVID forcing services and connection to an online platform, the Dementia Care Partner Support Group has continued to function in this capacity during COVID-19. Although it is not an optimum environment for a support group of this nature, we were happy to welcome two new individuals from Grande Prairie and one caregiver from Westlock who joined us via Zoom for the Support Group in July.
We were invited to sit on the Alberta Seniors Ministry Advisory Council to bring a rural and community-based perspective to proposed initiatives at a provincial government level regarding elder abuse.
Through collaboration with Hinton RCMP, we were able to provide support for a family where historical, familial conflict was preventing an adult child (caregiver) from allowing access to the elderly mother who lived at home. Through a collaborative process a scheduled “visitation” time was set up through a simple mediation process to allow a safe, outdoor visit that with social distancing measures in place for out of town family members. It was a win-win situation for all involved. This case represents community agency teamwork at its best!!
If you are interested in joining the Dementia Care Partner Support Group please contact our Regional Elder Abuse Coordinator at 780-223-8009.