Altered opening hours over holidays, Meadow Park Sports Centre 2020 price increases, children’s Christmas Capers Camp spots available and more
Whistler’s Recreation facilities, including Meadow Park Sports Centre and Skating at Whistler Olympic Plaza, will have altered hours over the holiday season.
Meadow Park Sports Centre: is usually open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. On the following dates the facility will be open:
- Tuesday, December 24: 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Wednesday, December 25: 12 to 4 p.m.
- Thursday, December 26: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Tuesday, December 31: 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Wednesday, January 1: 12 to 4 p.m.
Free lockers at Meadow Park Sports Centre: All lockers at Meadow Park Sports Centre are now free to use and no longer require a token.
Pool area: Due to a lifeguard shortage, the Meadow Park Sports Centre pool area is operating with reduced hours. The leisure pool with the lazy river, children’s hot tub and accessible beach closes at 6 p.m. Monday to Friday and opens at noon on Wednesdays and Fridays. On Saturdays and Sundays the entire pool area (leisure pool, lap pool, hot tub and steamroom) closes at 6 p.m. (instead of 10 p.m.). During the week, (Monday to Friday) the lap pool, hot tub and steamroom remain open until 10 p.m. Pool programming, such as swimming lessons and Sea Wolves practice, is unaffected by the closures and the pool area will return to normal operating hours as soon as possible once the lifeguard shortage is resolved.
To apply for a lifeguard position, visit whistler.ca/careers.
Meadow Park Sports Centre price increases for 2020: Starting January 1, Meadow Park Sports Centre will increase admission rates. Buy your pass before December 31 to receive 2019 rates. In 2020, Adult drop-in will be $9, family drop-in will be $18. Playtime cards will be $76.50 for a 10-time admission. Member passes will be $81 for a month adult pass, and an annual family pass will be $1,134; other prices will be affected too. To view a full list of 2019 and 2020 prices, visit whistler.ca/rates.
Outdoor skating at Whistler Olympic Plaza: is usually open 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. (with maintenance closures from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m.). On the following dates the skating will be open:
- Tuesday, December 24: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., with maintenance closures from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m.
- Wednesday, December 25: 12 to 4 p.m.
- Tuesday, December 31: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., with maintenance closures from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m.
Christmas Capers Camp: Looking for a holiday camp for your 5- to 12-year old? The Christmas Capers Camp offers outings, fun activities, arts and crafts, and games to children in Kindergarten to Grade 6. The Camp runs at Myrtle Philip Community School on December 23, 24, 27, 30, 31 and January 2 and 3. Normal hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., but the Camp closes early at 4 p.m. on December 24 and 31. Register for programs online.
Lost Lake Nordic Trails: The Lost Lake Nordic Trails are closed, but preparations are underway for the winter season and require snow accumulation and consistent cold temperatures to open. Once open, they offer 25 kilometres of groomed and track-set trails for cross-country skiing, 15 kilometres of snowshoe trails, and 4 kilometres of lit trails for night skiing, all with majestic views of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. The Lost Lake Nordic Trails operate 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Pending snow conditions that allow for opening, the trails will operate:
- Tuesday, December 31: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Wednesday, January 1: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Multiuse trail between Meadow Park and Rainbow Park: Due to construction at Meadow Park Sports Centre, access to the 4-kilometre multiuse Valley Trail from Meadow Park to Rainbow Park will be available from the Meadow Park ball diamond area, instead of the Sports Centre parking lot. Additional parking will be available for this trail used for walking, biking, snowshoeing and other activities. The section of trail from the Sports Centre to the ball diamonds won’t be winter maintained.
Meadow Park Sports Centre expansion and stretching room addition: The expansion work on is on schedule and expected to be complete April 2020. The structure is taking shape: the exterior walls are being insulated and prepared for siding and the interior electrical and mechanical systems are being completed. The windows are expected in coming weeks. The work will cause some noise during the construction period, but is not expected to cause any facility closures. The expansion will add 138 square metres of space, with an expanded fitness centre cardio room and a new stretching room.
Meadow Park Sports Centre offers a six-lane pool, sauna, steam room and hot tub, a NHL-sized arena, squash courts, weight room and a fitness studio. Since opening in 1993, there have been several building enhancements and annual maintenance is undertaken to ensure the upkeep of high standard community facilities.