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Message from Nicki Bridgland CEO & Founder

Monday’s Provincial announcement of Stage 3 was the happiest day since we temporarily closed our doors on March 16th due to COVID-19. Effective tomorrow Friday, July 17th, RSC is delighted to have so many of our services included in the list of allowable activities; organized team sports, indoor restaurant, expanded children’s programs – plus increased gathering sizes of 100 outdoors, plus 50 indoors.  We will be rolling out various services in a phased and careful approach, ensuring that all the safety protocols are in place. For now, we will only be re-opening the 1st floor of the RSC Building for indoor restaurant, washrooms, and the upstairs Yoga Studio. Fitness Centre and Change rooms / Showers will be opened at a later date.  All of this re-opening activity means that RSC can return to being the Community Hub that everyone has come to love, while maintaining our “physical distancing” protocols. In this issue, you’ll see all that we’ve added to “Ottawa’s Downtown Playground” – to make this summer fabulous together with you!

> Pool Update: Good News for Pool Booking
> NEW Drop-In Aqua Fitness Program: Get Your Fit On While Cooling Down In The Water
> Private “Bubble” Swim Lessons in August Open Now: Book Your Lesson Today!
> Master’s Swim: Swim with Olympic Coach in August (all swimmer levels)

> NEW Half-Day Multi-Sport Programs in August: Registration Open!
> Kidz Skillz Drillz & Thrillz Programs in July: A few spots remain!

> Book a Tennis Court Outdoors OR Indoors
> 3 Beach Volleyball Courts Open For Rental: Reserve Your Court Today!
> Indoor Courts Available to Rent: Basketball, Volleyball, and Soccer!

> Yoga Update: Increased Class Sizes, Safely Distanced!

> Final Live Music Series @ Home: Friday July 14 at 7:00pm: Tulips and Devilships
> Live Music Returning to RSC EVERY Wednesday Night: Starts July 22nd!
> Frozen Favourite Items available starting Monday, July 20: Stock your Fridge
> Host your Event at The Bridge: Book Date Now!


Pool Update: Good News for Pool Booking

RSC’s Pool is the oasis on our 4-acre property, and we want to make it extra relaxing and easy for you.

We heard your feedback, and we are making significant changes to the Pool Reservation system…to make it better for everyone!

  1. 8-day Advance Booking: Pool & Tennis Pass Holders now have 8-day advance booking for a pool reservation, giving you priority booking privileges. Drop-in’s can now only book 3 days in advance.
  2. Maximum Capacity: With Monday’s Provincial announcement of Stage 3, we are able to increase the pool capacity to 30 maximum as of Friday, July 17th.  This opens up more spaces in the pool to reserve each time slot. It is everyone’s shared responsibility to continue physical distancing.
  3. Self-Cancellation: You are now able to cancel your pool booking online. We would appreciate 12 hours notice, so that it can be made available for someone else. Uncancelled bookings with no-shows will be recorded, which may have an impact/penalty on future bookings.
  4. Time Slot: We will continue to evaluate whether we change the 2-hour pool booking to 60-or-90-minute booking. This would help maximize spots available for swims. Stay tuned!

We appreciate your patience during our new COVID maximum protocols. We have been working hard with our technology developers to make these changes, based on staff/client ideas. Thanks again for caring enough to send along your suggestions – sharing ideas is how we all get better at what we do!

Click here  to book your swim times, and/or buy a Pool Pass or Drop-In Visit!

NEW Aqua Fitness Drop-In:  Coming Soon!

We are excited to announce our NEW weekly Aqua Fitness Drop-In Program starting Saturday July 25th!

Cool down in the water, while getting your fitness on! Stay tuned for online registration, or call RSC at 613.749.6126 to register.

Private “Bubble” Swim Lessons In August: Book Your Lesson Today

The launch of our “Private Outdoor Bubble Swim Lessons” has been so successful in July, that we’re excited to bring the private lessons into August.

You can now book your own Private Swim Program, for up to 3 people maximum (must be in the same household or bubble).  This will consist of 5 x 30-minute lessons at the same time each day for the duration of one week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday).  All ages welcome 4 to 100 years old.

Click here to register for August private swim lessons!

Master’s Swim: Swim with Olympic Coach in August (All Swimmer Levels)

Our July Master’s Swim Program SOLD OUT this year! Get a head start on your day with our Adult Morning Master’s Swim program, coached by Olympic Coach Pierre Lafontaine. All levels of swimmers are welcome and encouraged!  Please note: physical distancing is being maintained by swimming in a loop, rather than back-forth laps.

Available Times  (you pick how many mornings you want to swim a week and when): 
Monday Wednesday Friday 5:45am, 7:00am and 8:15am
Tuesday and Thursday 7:00am and 8:15am

Click here to ensure your spot in the August Master’s Swim Program!



With the recent announcement of Stage 3, we are allowed to increase RSC’s children’s group sizes and length of programming. We wanted to reach out to all the families that have been with us in the past and present to get their feedback on comfort levels with COVID-19.

After listening your survey feedback and carefully considering all the options, we have made the decision to run a NEW Half Day Multi-Sport Program for 3 different age groups (Junior, Senior, Youth) in the morning and afternoon.

The Half-Day Multi-Sport Program will consist of a different sport-focus each day of the week.  We plan to make use of the Beach Volleyball Courts, Ball Hockey Rinks, surrounding Greenspace and our double-insulated Multi-Sport dome. Our preference is to have the participants outdoors as much as possible, however it is important to note that if we are experiencing extreme heat or rain, programming will be taking place in the dome. Children have the opportunity to learn new sports, games, and skills.
We chose to do Half-Day and 90-minute Programs, instead of our usual Full-Day Camps for August 2020 because we wanted to reduce the “high risk” times for contact – snack time, nap time, lunch time, and multiple bathroom visits.

We understand your concerns for ensuring COVID protocol, so here is what we have in place:
  • Program capacity will be 15 children (increased from 8 children, as per Phase 3 Provincial Guidelines).
  • There will be 3 Program Leaders per program. 1 Program Leader per 5 children.
  • There will be a sanitization period before/after every program for each piece of equipment used.
  • Physical distancing will be enforced by the Program Leaders during pickup, drop-off and program time.

Here are the August Half-Day Multi-Sport Programs:
Multi-Sport Junior (Ages 5-7) – 9:30am to 12:00pm (click here to reserve your spot)
Multi-Sport Junior (Ages 5-7) – 1:30pm to 4:00pm (click here to reserve your spot)
Multi-Sport Senior (Ages 8-10) – 9:30am to 12:00pm (click here to reserve your spot)
Multi-Sport Senior (Ages 8-10) – 1:30pm to 4:00pm (click here to reserve your spot)
Multi-Sport Youth (Ages 11-13) – 9:30am to 12:00pm (click here to reserve your spot)
Multi-Sport Youth (Ages 11-13) – 1:30pm to 4:00pm (click here to reserve your spot)
We recognize that your free-time as parents is crucial to your well-being … especially this summer where you’ve had so much on your plate, and very little time to yourself. So we have some ideas for what you can do at RSC while your children are in the Programs:

  • Purchase a coffee or snack form our Front Desk, and sit down on our beautiful 4-acre property to read/work (with free wifi)
  • Take an outdoor yoga class on our Upper Deck (click here to view schedule)
  • Take a private 30-minute swim lesson with one of our instructors (click here to book a private swim lesson)
  • Relax in our outdoor pool during open swim times (click here to book reserve your pool time!)
  • Join a fitness class! (click here to register for a Fitness Class, August programs coming soon!)
  • Take a private tennis lesson with an RSC Tennis Pro! (Click here to book a lesson)
  • Play a game of tennis with your friends, family, or other parents! (Click here to book an outdoor clay tennis court)

If you want your child(ren) to stay at RSC for the full day, they can sign-up for the morning and afternoon program. During the 1.5 hour break in between Programs, you and your child(ren) can:

  • Go for a swim during open swim (click here to book reserve your time slot!)
  • Enjoy lunch at The Bridge Public House – take-out a picnic along the Rideau River, eat on our patio or cool-off with air conditioning in our restaurant! Children’s food options are available. (Click here to view the full menu online)

Kidz Skillz Drillz & Thrillz In July: A Few Spots Remain!

Our new “Kidz Skillz Drillz & Thrillz” programs have been extremely successful, and we’ve enjoyed seeing all of the children on our Ball Hockey Rinks, Tennis Courts and New Beach Volleyball Courts! The program provides 90 minutes of instruction time for each specific sport (Tennis, Sand Soccer, Ball Hockey, and Beach Volleyball) through drills and mini-games to encourage skill development in a fun, but safe environment!

Click here to register for a 90-minute Kidz Skillz Drillz & Thrillz!


Book A Tennis Court By The Hour: Outdoor or Indoor!

Looking for the perfect “DISTANCE SPORT” and keep up your fitness & fun?  We’ve got you covered!

It’s time to get out of the house and onto our courts! You can just drop-in and play!
No Membership.  EASY & SIMPLE.  Pay-as-you-Play.

Click here  To rent a tennis outdoor clay court or indoor hard court by the hour.

3 Beach Volleyball Courts Now Open For Rental: Reserve Your Court Today!

With Stage 3, all 3 RSC Beach Volleyball courts are now available to rent! This gives opens up a brand new opportunity to grab a few more friends, rent all three courts and run your own volleyball games night! More opportunity to play 2’s, 4’s or 6’s volleyball on those beautiful Summer Days!

Click here  to book your beach volleyball court today!

Drop In Volleyball Is Here: Meet New People and Spike Into The Summer!

Looking for a way to meet new people while playing your favourite Summer Sport? Look no further, Drop-In Beach Volleyball 4’s & 6’s is Here…and meet new people! 

First Sunday Drop-In session starts Sunday July 19 at 12:45pm to 2:45pm.
First Friday Drop-In session starts Friday, July 24 at 5:45-7:45pm.

Consider having a drink or bite to eat at The Bridge Public House before or after you play – for our regular menu or Summer BBQ.  Click here for menu!

Indoor Courts Available To Rent: Basketball, Volleyball, and Soccer!

Call your friends, family, neighbour, work colleague, and rent an indoor Basketball, Volleyball, or Soccer court today! With the announcement of Stage 3, we’re excited to be re-opening our Multi-Sport dome, which means YOU get to rent an indoor court!

Click here to book your sport court!


Yoga Update: Increased Class Sizes!

With the introduction of Stage 3, we’re excited to announce that we will be able to expand our class capacity for our Outdoor Yoga classes on the Upper Deck and Yoga Zen Tent … plus open up our Indoor River Yoga Studio! To ensure we aren’t over capacity, we ask all participants to reserve their spot online, as we will not be taking walk-ins

Click here to reserve your spot in a yoga class!


New Restaurant Hours: Indoor and Outdoor Patio

Due to popular demand we are expanding our Restaurant (Indoor and Outdoor Patios) Monday to Friday 11am to 9pm and BBQ Weekends: Saturday & Sunday 11am to 3pm.


For our final live stream show this Friday we welcome back the amazing duo that did our first show and got us started with the live streams. Bringing the “new” live music venture full circle! Join “Tulips and Devilships” on our Facebook page Friday, July 17th at 7:00 p.m. 

Ottawa musicians KJ Thomas and Jim McDowell make up the duo of Tulips and Devilships. The real life couple drive the music with harmonious vocals, backed by a plethora of instruments including piano, guitar, banjo, ukulele, harmonica, and more. Songs hit all over the map from sweet and introspective, to quirky and fun. Familiar tunes will hit you with nostalgia, while original songs will unfold for you new stories and melodies to love. KJ and Jim let the room predict how the music gets played- easy listening, dancing, sing-along- whatever the show brings, you’ll be sure to enjoy a good time!

Click here to give Tulips and Devilships a listen!


Wednesday, July 22 6:30-9:00pm: Jeff DeValk

We are delighted to be returning to our regular Wednesday Live Music on the Upper Deck (overlooking the Rideau River). Our first musical artist will be Jeff DeValk on Wednesday, July 22nd 6:30-9:00pm. 

Jeff deValk calls Overbrook home but grew up north of Toronto listening to his dad’s reel-to-reel mixtapes, records and eight-tracks and singing in the church choir. At 13 he discovered his mother’s dusty guitar hidden in the back of a closet and hasn’t put it down since. Since moving to Ottawa in 2008, he has been involved in many different groups including the seven-piece soul band he leads called the Hornettes, and Little Bones, Ottawa’s original Tragically Hip tribute act. Jeff is currently writing and recording a long-overdue solo record influenced by the classic rock, gospel hymns, and old soul music he was raised on.

Click here to sample Jeff deValk’s music!

Frozen Favourite Food starting Monday, July 20: Stock your Fridge

Want to us to help you with your weekly meal planning? Tired of making the same old things?

Starting Monday, July 20 we will have The Bridge Public House favourites for you to purchase Frozen in Half-Litre size. So when you’re here for a meal, save yourself prep for the next meal.

This Week’s Special will be Pulled Pork and Jack-Fruit Pulled Pork (vegetarian option). $15 including tax, for Half-Litre size.

Click here to view The Bridge Public House delicious menu!

Host your Event at The Bridge: Book Date now!

With Stage 3, we are now hosting events of up to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors, with physical distancing and sanitization protocol in place. To start planning your event with us, please email

Together let’s make this an incredible summer! We look forward to seeing you soon at “Ottawa’s Downtown Playground”…with 4-acres of space to safely distance, while having fun!&