We hope you’re keeping well at this difficult time.
We’ve been carefully assessing Government’s announcements on how sports and leisure venues can reopen. We want to play our part in helping everyone get back to normal through exercise, staying healthy and having fun – and, while we want to reopen quickly we, of course, need to do this in ways which are both safe and financially viable.
At Lee Valley, we kept our green spaces open throughout the crisis and have restarted some leisure activities, but getting all our activities up and running won’t be speedy or straightforward.
The pandemic has had a huge financial impact on Lee Valley Regional Park Authority which owns and runs Lee Valley Ice Centre. Most of the Authority’s income comes through activities we sell in spring and summer, which have been heavily affected by lockdown. So far we’ve already lost around £3m - a quarter of our expected income this year and, like so many other leisure organisations, we need to reopen carefully, responsibly and safely in a staged way to build back up to providing visitors with their favourite activities and to make sure we’re here for you long term.
Throughout the closure, our team has been working out how we can reopen and sustainably cope with social distancing itself and the lower capacities which social distancing will demand. We’ve been deep cleaning the venue and assessing how each part of the Lee Valley Ice Centre programme functions and how we can continue to keep visitors, coaches and staff safe.
We intially reintroduced our 1:1 coaching and patch skating session and our icehock and synchros skating clubs have recently return to the ice as well. Public skating sessions will be available from Monday 14 September with an altered timetable and restricted capacity.
We're now working towards reintroducing Learn to Skate courses and birthday parties.
When the time comes to visit you’ll see some changes. Our staff may be wearing face coverings, we've introduced one way systems and queues and the café will be closed at first. You’ll have to pre-book everything, we’ll be providing hand cleansing stations, all shoes and skates will be sprayed with an aerosol sanitiser and, of course, you must practice social distancing.
We want you back as soon as we can. Visitors are what we’re here for – we can’t wait to see you all again, so please bear with us.
If you’d like to find out the latest about our plans for a new twin pad ice centre to replace the current ageing venue head over to icecentreredevelopment.com
and find out how you can help.