Hamilton recreation centre finally re-opens after 11-day closure

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Published January 15, 2024 at 3:40 pm

Bernie Morelli Recreation Centre in Hamilton

The Bernie Morelli facility finally re-opened Monday afternoon, 11 days after it was closed to the public because of emergency lighting problems.

The re-opening was scheduled for 4 p.m. Monday, with registered swim lessons and open family swim scheduled for January 15 relocated to Sir Winston Churchill Recreation Centre.

Janine Gaunt, the Senior Manager for Recreation District Operations at the City, said last week the facility is experiencing a lighting issue which is affecting the center’s emergency lighting system. “As per multiple regulations under the Ontario Building Code, Ontario Fire Code and the Ontario Pool Regulations, the recreation centre is not permitted to operate until this issue is resolved.”

All drop-in and registered programming and all rentals and user-groups at the recreation centre, located adjacent to Tim Hortons Field, east of downtown, have been cancelled since the afternoon of January 4, including swim classes in the pool and pickleball, track and volleyball in the gymnasium.

The outdoor Serafini Family Skate Pad remained open and Camp Kidaca activities were relocated to Central Memorial Recreation Centre.

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