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City opens recreation facilities over the long weekend due to poor air quality

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August 05, 2017 - 9:43 AM

KAMLOOPS - City departments are working together to offer residents and visitors a break from the heat and smoke.

For the statutory holiday, Aug. 7, facilities will be open to ensure the safety and well-being of Kamloops residents and visitors by offering a reprieve from the smoky conditions, according to a City of Kamloops press release issued today, Aug. 4.

The Tournament Capital Centre and the Canada Games Aquatic Centre will be open on the Monday, August 7 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

On Aug. 7, McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre is offering a skate event from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The event is free to the public and sponsored by Tim Hortons, who will provide skaters with free drinks and Timbits from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

According to the release, Music in the Park has not been cancelled and will continue nightly, however, acts could be cancelled if conditions are deemed unsuitable.  The City will attempt to provide as much advance notice as possible and remain hopeful that clear skies will return.

Strenuous outdoor activities should be avoided by the at-risk population, according to provincial guidelines. Children and the elderly should also avoid outdoor physical exertion. Due to the poor air quality, residents should reduce or reschedule strenuous activities outdoors, especially if they experience symptoms such as coughing and throat irritation. Interior Health can provide more information on the impacts of poor air quality.

The release states that the Brock Pool and the Riverside Park swimming area are closed and conditions will be evaluated on a daily basis. For the most up-to-date information, residents should call 250-828-3655 or visit the website

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