Recreation Access / Passes
We welcome you to a wide variety of accessible and affordable recreation opportunities & services.
Parks, Recreation & Culture strives as much as possible to make recreation accessible for everyone at our indoor facilities. Consult your preferred facility for a full listing of all accessibility features offered.
To give everyone the opportunity to participate in recreation, there are options provided for those who cannot afford to pay.
Delta Parks, Recreation & Culture encourages people of all ability levels to use our facilities. Recognizing that some people require assistance:
- The Programmer for People with Disabilities coordinates volunteers and specialized programming, assists with decision-making and provides information and resources for people with disabilities and their caregivers.
- Admission is free for a person who accompanies a patron with special needs to assist their participation in drop-in and registered programs.
- Where possible, all patrons attend the same classes and receive the same services
- Specialty programs are offered for children 4-12 years of age who do better in a smaller group or with adaptations not possible in a regular class:
- Please register first, then call the Programmer for People with Disabilities to discuss specific needs.
- Each child learns at their own pace with volunteer assistance, as required.
- Specialty Splash swim lessons are varied to break down skills and set realistic goals
- Specialty Skate lessons have lower student to teacher ratio, a quieter setting and varied goals for learning.
- Individual activities and group programs for people of all ages can be tailored for specific interests and needs.
- Adaptive equipment (e.g. sledges for hockey at arenas, specialized fitness equipment in weight rooms, lifts and water wheelchairs) is available at specified facilities
Accessibility Features and Adaptive Equipment
For information on accessibility features and adaptive equipment at Delta Parks, Recreation & Culture facilities, refer to the specific Indoor Facility listings, or call directly.
We are always looking for people who would like to volunteer for people with disabilities.
To contact the Programmer for People with Disabilities, please email or call 604-946-3288.
Several programs offer opportunities to those who cannot afford to pay:
Leisure Access Assistance Program
The City of Delta’s Leisure Access Assistance Program allows eligible, low-income Delta residents (individuals or families) to access drop-in land & aquatic fitness classes, weight room sessions, public swims, open gyms & public skating. The Leisure Access Assistance Program determines eligibility for recreation & leisure subsidy based on the family net income as defined by the Canada Revenue Agency. For more information regarding the Leisure Access Assistance Program, please email or contact 604-946-3298.
Canadian Tire generously provides a fund that allows Delta children aged 5 to 17 years to access 'active' programs and services. JumpStart may be used for sports team registration, private activity programs and programs of Boys and Girls Club/Community Services of Delta and Parks, Recreation and Culture. Participants may request specific programs or ask for advice to make best use of JumpStart. Families may pay a portion of the fee and less expensive alternatives may be suggested dependent upon numbers of requests and funding available. The program is administered by Boys and Girls Clubs of South Coast BC in cooperation with Delta Parks, Recreation and Culture. Call 604-591-9262 or email email@example.com for more information.
The KidSport Fund is the charitable arm of Sport BC that provides grants to individual children aged 6 to 18 whose families cannot afford sport registration fees and would otherwise not be able to participate in a season of sport.
To be eligible for KidSport funding, the local sport organization must be a member of Sport BC through a provincial sport organization. To find out which sports are members, please review our list of supported provincial sport organizations found on the KidSport Website. Applications must be received prior to or during the requested season of sport. Preference is given to athletes being introduced to organized sport. KIdSport Delta is pleased to be able to assist up to $500 per athlete per calendar year. Applications can now be made online. For more information, contact KidSport Delta at firstname.lastname@example.org
Eric Ripplinger Memorial Fund for Swim Lessons
Complete or partial funding is available for children six months to twelve years of age to learn how to swim in Delta Parks, Recreation and Culture lesson sets at any Delta pool. Please call 604-946-3298 or email email@example.com for more information.
Eric Ripplinger was born March 1988 but sadly drowned at age two and a half. A trust fund was created by his parents and friends to fund swim lessons for Delta children who might not otherwise be able to take them. The City of Delta thanks the Ripplinger family for this generous support.
Delta's Accessibility Support Program (formerly Leisure Friend Program) recruits, trains and places volunteers who assist those with disabilities to participate in recreation activities. Volunteers are matched based on availability, skill level and interest, and may work with children or adults. Volunteers receive free admission to facilities when assisting a person with a disability.
- New volunteers are required to attend an interview
- Volunteers will be screened through an interview, criminal record search and reference checks
- Volunteers are scheduled according to availability and skills
- Applicants must be 14 years of age or older
If you would like to volunteer for the Accessibility Support Program, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 604-946-3288 or by email.
For everyone seven years of age and older, a Facility Admission Card is required for entry to drop-in programs at Delta Parks, Recreation & Culture facilities. To obtain a Facility Admission Card, patrons are required to provide photo identification and verification of address and agree to Delta’s Code of Conduct. Patrons 7-12 years of age will require a parent or guardian to be present for the initial processing of the Facility Admission Card. The child's birth certificate or care card is required.
The Facility Admission Card:
- Information is held in the strictest of confidence by the Municipality
- Information is only used to ensure the health and safety of patrons
- Must be scanned by patrons whenever they use Delta's facilities.
- May be replaced with a free set of the key tags for scanning purposes.
- Is free of charge and programmed to access monthly passes and multiple drop-in admission offers.
- Takes only a few minutes to set up and produce, including taking a photograph.
This program was developed in cooperation with the Delta Police Department and Legal Counsel with the knowledge of the Privacy Commission.
Code of Conduct
Use of Delta Parks, Recreation & Culture facilities is a privilege. In order to ensure everyone has an enjoyable experience at our facilities, all patrons are expected to behave in an appropriate manner and be respectful of each other, our staff and our facilities.
There is a zero tolerance for inappropriate behaviour, which includes:
- Offensive language
- Unsafe actions
- Damage, vandalism or theft
- Disregard for facility rules
- States of intoxication (alcohol/illegal drugs)
Failure to comply with this Code of Conduct may result in banishment from all Delta recreation facilities.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Facility Admission Card
- Why do I need this card?
- I believe this is an invasion of my privacy. Is this legal?
Delta has checked with the Privacy Commission and this is legal. All personal information is kept strictly confidential. If you have any further questions please contact a Delta Parks, Recreation & Culture manager at the Parks, Recreation & Culture office at 604-946-3293 or at by email.
- Why is personal information required to enter a public facility?
It is a privilege to use any facility and Delta has the right to know who is in its facilities at all times. All personal information is kept strictly confidential.
- I am a visitor to Delta; do I need a Facility Admission Card?
Delta requires that anyone using a facility must have a Facility Admission Card.
- If I do not bring my identification when I go to these facilities, can I go in anyway?
You will be allowed in once. An account will be created with a message telling staff you must bring in your ID next time. You may ask for a form to complete at home and bring back to the facility. If you do not bring in your ID on your next visit, you will not be able to use the facilities.
- What about people who do not speak English or have language barriers?
They need to bring along an interpreter the first time they visit, to help them provide the information required for the Facility Admission Card. Delta staff members speak a variety of languages other than English but there is never a guarantee that patrons can be served effectively in their first language.
- What about people under guardianship or who cannot act for themselves?
Delta respects the privacy of all people who require others to act in their behalf. Where possible, a family member or guardian should attend with a patron who has barriers to self-determination. An appointment can be made to meet with a manager if privacy is a concern.
Delta youth between the ages of ten and eighteen can obtain the Youth Admission Pass from the customer service office of any Delta recreation centre by presenting proof of birthdate and residency (eg. BC Services Card). The pass can be renewed annually through their eighteenth year.
Youth younger than 10 years of age, but enrolled in Grade 5, and students older than 18 years of age, but enrolled Grade 12, are eligible for the Youth Admission Pass. Proof of enrollment is required.
Students who reside in Delta but attend school in other communities are still eligible for the Youth Admission Pass.
This free, 15-minute orientation is available for patrons 13 years old and up, and includes a guided tour of the weight room, as well as a review of weight room etiquette and code of conduct.
Youth 13-15 years old are required to complete an orientation during fist registered weight room session. A completed PARQ+ form signed by parent or guardian is required to participate in registered session.
For more information about orientations in North Delta, please call 604-952-3074.
For more information about orientations in South Delta, please call 604-952-3013.
This pass is part of a provincial program with PacificSport (the BC branch of the Canadian Sport Institute), which allows free access for provincially and nationally carded athletes to Sungod, Ladner Leisure, South Delta Recreation Centre and Winskill Aquatic and Fitness Centre.
- Valid PacificSport photo ID card must be shown for entry.
- Facility Admission Card required.
The City of Delta is excepting 2023 External Rehabilitation Trainer and Occupational Therapists applications. Please return applications and required documents in one e-mail for timely approval to Shelley Simpson at SSimpson@delta.ca.