The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) says there have been “increased issues during public events” at the local sports and aquatic centres, so it’s implementing new procedures for people to follow to avoid being denied entry to either facility.
The CVRD, in a release Monday, did not give specifics as to the issues but did list reasons why people could be refused entry, including impairment related to alcohol or drug consumption, possession of alcohol, drugs or items deemed to be weapons, and abusive behaviour or language.
“As we implement these new procedures, we appreciate everyone’s respect and patience,” said Melanie McCollum, Comox Valley Recreation Commission chair.
RCMP tell CHEK News there has been a 15-file increase at the Comox Valley Sports Centre in 2023 compared to 2022.
“This increase is primarily attributable to increases in assaults and disturbances (fights among youth) coinciding with hockey games,” said Cpl. Alex Bérubé in a statement Monday.
“As a result, Comox Valley RCMP has been increasing patrols during events such as the junior hockey games.”
The Comox Valley Sports Centre, located on Vanier Drive, is popular for skating, swimming and track and field, while the Comox Valley Aquatic Centre on Lerwick Road is home to a wave/leisure pool and various other amenities.
“Recently, we have experienced increased issues during public events at the Sports and Aquatic Centres and need residents to recognize our commitment to ensure that we are providing a safe, accessible place for everyone to enjoy,” according to McCollum.
The CVRD says other reminders for facility users include:
- Liquor is not to be consumed anywhere in the facilities, parking lots or surrounding areas.
- No smoking cigarettes, cannabis or vaping outside any facility doors or near air intakes.
- Skateboards, scooters and bikes are strongly recommended to be left outside or at home. Facility reception staff have bike locks available to lend out if needed.
- Animals are not permitted inside the facilities (exceptions include guide, sign and signal dogs to persons with disabilities).
- Abuse, harassment or discrimination will not be tolerated.
“Patrons will be escorted out of the (facilities) if there is any fighting, threatening remarks or gestures, or obscene language to others,” the CVRD added.
CHEK News has reached out to the CVRD for more information about the increased issues and will update this story.