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New seniors program pricing to take effect July 1

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 3:31 PDT, Thu June 20, 2019

Last Updated: 4:18 PDT, Thu June 20, 2019

The City of Richmond is reminding residents 55 to 64 years that only a few days remain to take advantage of reduced pricing for seniors pool and fitness passes and drop-in visit cards.

The City of Richmond is reminding residents 55 to 64 years that only a few days remain to take advantage of reduced pricing for seniors pool and fitness passes and drop-in visit cards.

Effective Monday, July 1, eligibility for seniors pricing will change to only be available for those 65 years and over. The change only applies to drop-in admissions and passes such as Visit Cards and one, three, six and 12 month passes.

However, until Sunday, June 30, those in the 55 to 64 year age group have the chance to purchase or renew their passes at the current seniors’ rate for another year. After that, this age group will pay the regular adult rate. 


The city’s Recreation Fee Subsidy Program will continue to support those facing financial hardship that limits or prevents participation in recreation and wellness initiatives such as registered and drop-in programs.

The move to lift the age of seniors pricing to age 65 brings Richmond in line with other municipalities and supports a commitment to make city and partner programs equitable, sustainable and affordable for those with limited incomes. The change was made in consultation with and the support of the community associations that operate most of the city’s recreation facilities and programming.

The change in seniors pricing for individuals 55 to 64 years will occur in two phases:

July 1, 2019: The age of eligibility for seniors pricing will change from 55 years to 65 years for drop-in admissions and passes.

July 23, 2019: The first day of Fall 2019 program registration. While pricing for many 55+ years seniors programs will remain the same, others will include a senior and adult rate to reflect the new seniors pricing structure.

To ease the transition for residents, the following options are available:

Clients experiencing financial hardship are encouraged to apply to the newly expanded Recreation Fee Subsidy Program. For more information, click.

• Until June 30, 2019 current pass-holders aged 55 to 64 can refund their existing pass and renew for a pass of equal or greater value at the seniors rate, for up to a one-year term. (Note: For the senior’s facility passes, there will continue to only be one rate.)

• Until June 30, 2019 all clients aged 55 to 64 can purchase up to five 10-Visit Cards at the seniors rate (50 visits total).

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