This fall, University of Calgary is moving to a paper wristband system for clients accessing open recreation gymnasiums, the aquatic centre, the racquet centre and the bouldering wall. The recyclable wristbands replace the plastic wristband system that was in need of an update. "The plastic wrist band meant that users had to lineup twice to obtain and return the band," says Director of Active Living, Kurtis Kinnear. "With the new system, you'll just have to present your card once."
Besides saving customers time, the wrist bands will help staff determine legitimate facility users – University of Calgary students and other Active Living members – from those trying to access the facilities without paying. "One of the biggest complaints we've received is that UofC students were being pushed out of their own facilities by people who have no right to be here. We will be patrolling the facilities regularly and the wrist bands will allow us to quickly determine members from non-members and take action accordingly."
The way members access the facility does not change. The Fitness Centre and Olympic Oval running track remain on the ID card system, and Racquet Centre, Bouldering Wall or Gymnasium users will still come to Kinesiology Client Services to get a wristband. The new disposable bands simply mean you don't have to stand in line to return them.