Vaughan’s Resource Libraries
Bathurst Clark Resource Library, Civic Centre Resource Library and Pierre Berton Resource Library have reopened to customers with strict occupancy limits and safety measures in place. The three resource libraries will observe their standard hours of operation, and curbside pickup will be discontinued as customers will be able to claim their own holds.
Service at Maple Library has been temporarily suspended until further notice as this location will be the site of a mass vaccination centre for Vaughan. Curbside pickup has been suspended at this site and all remaining holds have been automatically transferred to the Civic Centre Resource Library. Returns can be completed at any other location and renewals can be completed online. More information is available here.
Select City fitness centres are open and have controlled access, limited capacity of 10 members and scheduled time blocks to sign up four days and two hours in advance of the scheduled workout time block. For example, a Monday 5:30 a.m. workout session will be available for registration on the Thursday before at 3:30 a.m. Workout blocks are 75 minutes each, with a 30-minute shutdown in between appointments for cleaning and sanitization. Fitness members must reactivate their membership and register online at vaughan.perfectmind.com.
Vaughan Fitness members are invited back to in-person fitness classes at select facilities. The City offers a wide variety of classes for all ages and skill levels to keep you active and having fun in a group setting. Do total body conditioning using resistance equipment and your body weight, or dance the cha-cha, mambo and calypso in a Zumba class. Burn calories in a short time with Tabata: high-intensity interval training (HIIT). Get your heart rate up and break a sweat with CIRC-HIIT or in a high-energy cardio pump class. Destress and stretch in yoga and Pilates classes. For more details and direct registration links, visit vaughan.ca/fitness.
Want to practise your backstroke and front crawl? Select community centre pools are open for recreational and length swimming as well as aquafitness. Availability is limited and will be reassessed in the coming weeks. Recreational and length swimming is available to pool plan holders and Vaughan Fitness members. Pre-paid single visits by non-members are available at a special promotional rate of $3.25 (plus HST) for a limited time. Aquafitness classes are open to plan holders and fitness members only until further notice. These facilities and activities are available on a limited basis and at a reduced capacity. Pre-registration is required to use a pool.
Swimmers can register four days and two hours in advance of the scheduled recreational, length swim or aquafitness time block. For assistance, call Access Vaughan at 905-832-2281 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To view pool guidelines, the check-in procedure and schedules, visit vaughan.ca/swim.
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Swim instructors and lifeguards are prestigious part-time jobs, and we’re always hiring! Receive training and certification in our modified aquatic leadership programs. Programs feature online learning via Zoom starting in April followed by an in pool component in June.
Online Learning: all theory will take place virtually in April. A participant information package, supply list (if applicable) and Zoom link to your program will be emailed in advance. Times listed are for the online learning component, which occurs prior to the in pool practical. The duration of in pool times is longer; details will be provided by the instructor during the first class. For guidelines and more information on Online Learning view our Virtual Programs Basics.
In Pool Teaching: all in pool practical components of the course will be taught at a City of Vaughan pool in May and June. For safety guidelines and more information, view our Frequently Asked Questions and Pool Guidelines & Safety Standards.
Modified In-Person and Virtual Recreation Programs
The Recreation Services department is offering modified in-person April Break camps, aquatic leadership courses and special needs programs at select community centres.
In-person April Break Camps will operate under heightened precautionary procedures set out by the Province of Ontario and York Region Public Health. With no more than eight campers, each group will be assigned its own space for defined activity periods and a designated camp counsellor who will remain with the same group of children all week. For more information on modified in-person programming or COVID-19 safety guidelines, visit vaughan.ca/camps. Online registration is open at vaughan.perfectmind.com.
To keep the fun going as winter comes to a close, the City has released a spring Recreation eGuide featuring the biggest line-up ever of virtual programs, livestreamed via Zoom. Programs will cover a variety of areas of interest, including baking and cooking, arts and crafts, slime making, STEM, LEGO, ballet, hip hop, musical theatre, basketball, ninja training, Disney-inspired workouts, money management, resume-writing, job interview skills, filmmaking workshops and kindergarten readiness series.
Virtual spring programs start Monday, April 5 and run once a week for up to 10 weeks, for 45 minutes to one hour. Virtual April Break programs for children run Monday, April 12 to Friday, April 16 for 45 minutes to 1.5 hours. A list of materials and supplies will be emailed to participants in advance. Assistance from a parent or guardian may be required. Program details and direct links to online registration are available at vaughan.ca/recreation.