COVID-19 Update – Step 1

Updated February 8th, 2021

Status: Acadia Recreation Complex will remain closed, with limited open allowable use (Step 1).

Hello members and program participants,

The Government of Alberta has released its new reopening plan that will guide health measures currently in place, centered on COVID-19 hospitalization benchmarks. Each step of the plan provides corresponding restrictions that are set to protect our healthcare system.

Click here to review the new plan
Based on this plan, at this time (step 1), we have opened some allowable areas with the following restrictions:

Curling Rink: We have made the difficult decision to take out our curling ice effective today, February 8th, and cancel the remainder of the curling season.

Ice Rink: School groups are permitted to use the ice hockey rink. Youth ice hockey and youth ringette are able to book ice.

  • All participants must be 18 years old or younger, except coaches or trainers
  • All use must be booked in advance
  • Children and youth will be allowed to participate in lessons, practices and conditioning activities for team-based, minor sports/activities and school athletics
  • Games are not allowed at this time
  • Maximum of 10 total individuals, including all coaches, trainers, and participants per booking
  • Physical distancing must be maintained between participants at all times (3-metres physical distance for indoor activities). Coaches or trainers may enter physical distancing space for brief interactions with participants (for example, to correct form or technique)
  • Participants must be masked at all times, except during the training activity. Coaches and trainers must remain masked at all times.

Squash/Racketball courts: One on one coach-participant lessons are able to be booked.

  • Sessions must be scheduled by appointment
  • No drop-in use is permitted
  • No sports games, competitions, team practice, allowed at this time
  • Trainers must be certified and/or paid trainers who are providing active instruction and correction.
  • Trainers are to remain masked during the session
  • Trainers and participants must stay 3 metres away from others at all times

Hall rentals: Remain closed.

Public access to the ARC outside of bookings, remain closed.

We would like to thank our members and program participants for your continued support. We are so appreciative and proud of the ARC staff for their efforts keeping our facility safe and clean. Please continue to follow our social channels and website for updates and details as they become available.

Contact moc.a1614929511caida1614929511ca@dr1614929511aob1614929511 with any questions.

Thank you,

Your Acadia Community Association

ARC access and screening:

The health and safety of our staff and user groups are vital to our reopening strategy. As per the direction from Government of Alberta, Alberta Health Services, and the City of Calgary, the Acadia Recreation Complex has implemented the following:

  • Upon arrival at the ARC, you are asked to immediately hand sanitize.
  • Please complete the form located at the tables in the lobby, this is critical for contact tracing.
  • Please read through the posted signage in the lobby pertaining to COVID-19 symptoms. If you answer yes to any of the symptoms described, you are NOT permitted to enter the facility. You are required to leave the facility immediately.
  • We ask that you practice the following guidelines provided by the City of Calgary while in our facility:

Stay home and away from others

  • If you’re showing symptoms or feeling unwell
  • If you have travelled outside of Canada in the past 14 days
  • If you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive or are waiting for test results for COVID-19

Masks and face coverings

In our arena and courts, you must wear a mask whenever you are not actively engaging in a physical activity. For example, masks must be worn:

  • In change rooms
  • In the lobby
  • When you’re traveling to other areas in the facility
  • If you’re coaching
  • If you are a spectator

You do not have to wear a mask if you meet any of the exemption criteria. Learn more about the Temporary Face Coverings Bylaw.

How we’re keeping you safe

  • Making sure our facilities align with provincial guidelines
  • Cleaning and disinfecting high touch areas (e.g. doors, counters, railings)
  • Providing access to hand sanitizer and hand wash stations
  • Having staff maintain physical distancing and wear face coverings when possible

How you and your group can keep safe

Permit holders/organizers

  • Make sure all participants understand the COVID-19 guidelines
  • Follow your provincial and national sport governing bodies’ guidelines related to COVID-19
  • Limit the number of contacts between different participants by playing within set cohorts (e.g. mini-leagues or bubbles with a fixed number of participants)
  • Tell participants they must bring their own water
  • Collect participant contact information to support contact tracing if necessary
  • Follow guidelines for indoor and outdoor gatherings
  • Help coaches and instructors reinforce messages about physical distancing (2 metres or 6 feet apart if possible) and limiting physical contact; no close contact huddles, no handshakes or high fives
  • Manage your teams to spend as little time as possible in the facilities (including change rooms)
  • Frequently clean and disinfect any equipment handled by hand (e.g. hockey sticks, pucks, balls)

Participants and spectators

  • Maintain physical distancing and wear masks when possible. Masks should not be worn when conducting intense physical activities.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water before, during and after your activity
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth and face
  • Cover coughs and sneezes in a tissue or your elbow
  • Carry and use your own hand sanitizer
  • Players should come dressed in gear as much as possible
  • Bring and clean your own equipment. Avoid sharing equipment unless you are in the same household or cohort. Do not share water bottles and towels.
  • Arrive no more than 30 minutes before your booking time
  • Don’t gather or loiter in dressing rooms, parking areas or public areas before, during or after your activity
  • Practice physical distancing in spectator areas; spectator stands will not be disinfected and cleaned in between bookings
  • Spectators should stay away from dressing rooms and play surfaces unless required to support players 
  • Leave the location as soon as your activities end to reduce overlap of bookings

Arena specific measures

  • Water fountains and vending machines are not available
  • Faucets in change rooms should only be used for washing hands
  • Spectator stands will not be disinfected and cleaned in between bookings
  • Change rooms are open with physical distancing measures in place; players should come dressed in gear as much as possible
  • User groups are expected to maintain cohort groups in dressing rooms (don’t use dressing rooms with people outside of your cohort groups

Borrow a Computer

From the Calgary Library:

“Borrow a Computer lets you take home a Library Chromebook for up to eight weeks. Whether you want to work on a project, take an online course, meet virtually with friends, or search the web for information, our Chromebooks can help you get it done. All you need is a valid Library membership and an internet connection at home.”

COVID-19 Update

Updated November 24th, 2020

The Government of Alberta has announced new measures to help protect the health of Albertans. We recognize that our members, registrants, and community have many questions. Please be assured that we are working to prepare how we will proceed in accordance with the new restrictions. We will communicate with you again on or before November 27th with more updates and our plan to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

For more info, visit the Alberta Health website.

COVID-19 Response

In response to the new targeted public health measures released by the Province of Alberta, the Acadia Community Association wants to share an update.

Further information will be released as we learn more and receive clarification.

Visit Alberta Health for the most current COVID-19 info.

Updated November 12th, 2020

Current status: Ban on indoor team sports. In accordance with the most recent Alberta Government Mandate, as of November 13th, 2020, there will be no team sports operating at the ARC. The facility will remain open, however from November 13th to November 27th, hockey and curling will be barred.  During this time (November 13th to 27th), all squash courts will remain open for single use only or within your cohort. Please be respectful and kind to our staff as we navigate through this pandemic. We are hopeful that this temporary pause in activity will lead to less stress on our health care system. We can not wait to welcome our Members and community back into our facility in what we hope is the not-so-distant future. We will continue to provide up to date information as the situation changes.

Acadia Pool Community Project


With the help of the funding from the City of Calgary, Calgary Foundation and The Acadia Pool we are looking for 100 drawings of underwater creatures by October 12, 2020 which will be permanently varnished into a wall corridor leading towards the change rooms at the Acadia Pool.


Participants are asked to draw images of underwater sea creatures (turtles, fish, frogs, sharks etc.) on a thin piece of paper and drop off or use the paper and crayons supplied with the art kits and then mail them in a provided envelope.

Everyone is also encouraged to contribute their drawings by email. The finished artwork will be used in the public space accessible for everyone attending the pool to enjoy in the years to come.

Children and  parents are welcome to collaborate and sign the artwork

 To recieve the supply kits please email.

2020 AGM Bylaw Notice

In advance of our September 24, 2020 Annual General Meeting, the board is circulating the following proposed bylaw changes and additions:

September 02, 2020

TO: All Acadia Community Association Members 

Be advised that your Acadia Community Association (ACA) Board of Directors has met this past month and during our monthly board meeting, the agenda topics had us addressing these unprecedented and dynamic times we find ourselves in.  As representatives for all Acadia community members, we have voted to propose the following bylaw changes and additions (on the following proposed bylaw changes and additions into our board) to allow us to better represent you, our membership, going forward.  These changes and additions will be presented and voted on at this year’s Annual General Meeting scheduled at the Acadia Recreation Complex (ARC) on Thursday, September 24th @ 7:00 pm.  If you are interested in learning more about the Acadia Community Association, please speak to the ARC front office staff about purchasing your community membership or visit our website –

In accordance with our existing bylaws, the following are the proposed changes and additions that have been approved by the (the) ACA board:

Proposed Bylaw Changes:  

1. That Section 4.2 Membership Year be changed to read:  The membership year is January 1 to December 31.

2. That Section “6.2.1  E-mail meetings” be renumbered to read “6.2.2  E-mail Meetings.”  

Proposed Bylaw Additions:

1. (New) 5.1.2     Virtual General Meetings

In the event a General Meeting cannot be held in person, it may be held online using a platform that allows video, voice, content sharing, and chat.  The notification requirements in Section 5.1.1 Annual General Meetings shall apply to any virtual meetings with “the place” understood to be the online platform.

2. (New) 5.2.5  Virtual Special Meetings

In the event a Special Meeting cannot be held in person, it may be held online using a platform that allows video, voice, content sharing, and chat.  The notification requirements in Section 5.2.2 Notice of a Special Meeting shall apply to any virtual meetings with “the place” understood to be the online platform.

3. (New – Addition to 5.3.5 Voting, to be inserted after “Email voting will not be allowed….”)

In the event an Annual General Meeting or Special Meeting is held virtually, all voting will be conducted by a Returning Officer appointed in advance of the meeting by the Board of Directors. 

4. (New) 6.2.1  Virtual Board Meetings

At the discretion of the Board, meetings may be held online using a platform that allows video, voice, content sharing, and/or chat.  Such virtual meetings must meet the requirements set forth in Section 6.2 Meetings of the Board.

Please email us at moc.a1614929511caida1614929511ca@dr1614929511aob1614929511 if you have any questions. 


Membership Deadline is Tomorrow!

Hi, just a reminder that tomorrow is the deadline to purchase your 2019/20 membership in order to be eligible to vote at the AGM.

The date for our Annual General Meeting (AGM) is September 24, 2020.  To be eligible to vote, you must have your 2019/20 membership purchased by August 25 (30 days before the AGM).

You can buy them online here or visit the ARC (240 90 AV SE) during business hours.

Looking forward to seeing you in September!

Annual General Meeting (AGM) Thurs Sep 24 – 7pm

Our AGM is Thursday Sept 24 @ 7pm!

Acadia Community Association Annual General Meeting

Members must have purchases their annual memberships at least 30 days in advance of the AGM in order to vote. That deadline is Aug. 24, 2020.

Memberships can be purchased online. They can also be purchased directly at the ARC when the facility re-opens to the public Aug 4. (cost is $10 for charter renewal, $15 for single membership, and $25 for family & non-residents).

With membership comes many benefits, including discounts at the ARC and several local businesses.  The ARC is home to many great programs that help make Acadia a wonderful place to live.

Support your community!

See here for details!

Parade of Garage Sales / Sharing Economy

Sadly, this year’s Parade of Garage Sales will not be taking place. But we want to share an opportunity with you that you may be interested in. We’ve spoken to Ruckify about their online platform that allows you to rent things from others, and rent things out yourself. They have made a generous offer of $35 that can be used towards your first rentals.

The Parade of Garage Sale season may be canceled, but Ruckify has a solution for you to earn the same money and more, with the same opportunity to find used things at a great price.

Through Ruckify’s peer-to-peer rent anything marketplace you have the opportunity to post all of your garage sale items into your very own online rental store. That way, instead of hosting a sale, and only experiencing a return on your items once, you have the opportunity to continuously rent them out and have a repetitive cycle of income.

Making your own RuckifyStore has never been easier and the entire sign-up process is completely free with no hidden subscriptions or fees. You choose the store name, its look, and all the items that go into it with corresponding insurance policies to ensure your items are always safe. Renting out your item only three times can generate enough cash flow for the item to pay for itself, and after that, it’s all profit.

Ruckify even has a referral program going right now that gives you $35 in credit called RuckBucks. You can use this towards your first rentals. You will then have your own referral code where you can gift people $35 in credit. You will even earn 10% cash back on anyone who uses your code’s first rental. Here is the a code to get started:

Check out today and chat in with our team if you need help setting up your RuckifyStore!

TOMORROW: Acadia Christmas Vendor Fair!

Come visit the community of Acadia this weekend for our annual

Christmas Vendor Fair!

It’s happening at the Acadia Recreation Complex.

Shop early for your special hand-crafted gifts for the holidays.

The christmas craft sale runs from 10am – 4pm on Saturday, Nov. 16

And the best part: Admission is FREE!

Christmas Craft Sale

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Here’s some pictures from past Acadia Christmas Craft Sales!

Acadia Christmas Craft Sale 2014

Acadia Christmas Craft Sale 2014

Acadia Christmas Craft Sale 2014

Acadia Christmas Craft Sale 2014

Acadia Christmas Craft Sale 2014

Acadia Christmas Craft Sale 2014