Calgary Dad Review: Vivo for Healthier Generations (2024)

Austin Please
Updated on
December 20, 2023

Heya, fellow Calgarians! If you haven't heard about the grand re-opening of Vivo Rec Centre, then you're missing out. As a proud gay dad with an active 3-year-old daughter, I couldn't be more thrilled. The buzz around town, the excitement in the air, and the sheer anticipation of what Vivo now brings to the table is so exciting. From the moment we stepped in, it felt like a celebration - a celebration of community, fitness, and above all, inclusivity.

Vivo for Healthier Generations

Calgary has always been home, and places like Vivo make it even more special. The revamped Vivo isn't just a rec centre; it's a testament to Calgary's spirit of embracing everyone. As we ventured in, hand in hand, my daughter's excitement mirrored mine, and I knew we were in for a treat.

A Walk Down Memory Lane

Remember the old Vivo? It was great, but the new Vivo? Oh, it's a game-changer! The journey to this grand re-opening was filled with anticipation, and boy, did it deliver. The transformation is not just physical; it's in the air. Every corner, every facility has been touched with a magic wand of innovation, making it a paradise for fitness enthusiasts and families alike.

New Green Space at Vivo for Healthier Generations

The indoor park at Vivo truly deserves special mention. This innovative space is something straight out of a child's dream! Part playground, part educational center, it's a place where your child's imagination can run wild. The delightful squeals of joy, the curious exploration, and the engaging activities make it a heart-stealing destination for kids. And it's not just for them - watching your little ones navigate this indoor wonderland, their eyes sparkling with excitement, gives as much joy to the parents as it does to the children.

What's truly commendable is how the indoor park doesn't just cater to fun, but to learning as well. With interactive elements woven into the design, your child gets a perfect balance of play and knowledge. And the best part? It's all under one roof, in a safe and welcoming environment. An instant hit with my daughter, I highly recommend the indoor park. It's a unique feature that sets Vivo apart and draws families into its welcoming embrace.

But it's not just about the shiny new equipment or the swanky interiors. It's about the vision behind it. Vivo has always been a place that championed community spirit, and with this re-opening, they've taken it a notch higher. The emphasis on inclusivity, the dedication to providing something for everyone, and the sheer commitment to making fitness accessible is heartwarming.

Vivo Grand Reopening

The grand re-opening was nothing short of spectacular. The energy, the community spirit, and the sheer joy of seeing fellow Calgarians come together was heartwarming. From kids running around with balloons to adults exploring the new facilities with an amazing race-style QR code hunt, it was a day to remember.

Vivo Grand Reopening Celebrations

The inclusive planning that went into restyling Vivo truly went above and beyond. This was not a decision made in isolation, without the input of the community it serves. No, even in the planning stages, community voice was diligently sought, heard, and integrated. You can spot it in every corner, every facility - a reflection of the diversity and inclusivity that the community asked for and deserved.

An integral part of Vivo's reopening was not only the inclusion of diverse community voices but also the recognition and respect of the land and its traditional owners. The acknowledgement of the Indigenous land on which Vivo stands demonstrated a profound respect for the past and the Indigenous communities who have long resided here. This gesture, standing as a reminder of our shared history, adds a layer of depth and respect to the vibrant community center.

Communication, respect, and consensus were foundational in shaping the new Vivo. Every step of the process was transparent and inclusive. This wasn't about creating just another community center; this was about creating a shared space where everyone in Calgary feels seen, heard, and appreciated. Inclusive planning at its best!

And let's not forget the staff! Their enthusiasm was infectious. Guiding visitors, answering queries, and ensuring everyone had a fantastic time, they were the unsung heroes of the day. As I chatted with a few of them, their pride in being a part of Vivo's journey and their excitement for the future was evident. It truly felt like a collective celebration of a dream realized after so many years of hard work.

Inclusivity at Vivo

Now, let's talk about the real deal. As a gay dad, finding places where my daughter and I feel genuinely accepted can be a challenge. But Vivo? It's a haven of inclusivity. Every part of the building screams, "You're welcome here!" And that, my friends, is priceless. From inclusive programs to facilities designed keeping everyone in mind, Vivo ensures that no one feels left out.

Inclusive Focus for the Facility and Community

As a gay dad, I often find that inclusivity isn't always a given; it can sometimes be an afterthought in many places. Not at Vivo, though. Here, I felt seen. I felt acknowledged. It's clear that what they've implemented isn't just lip service but a deeply ingrained principle. You can feel it. When my daughter and I walk through those doors, we aren't just another pair visiting the facility; we're part of a diverse community that is actively celebrated and appreciated.

It's heartening to see an organization go the extra mile to genuinely recognize and cater to every segment of society. Not only does it change the dynamics of community engagement, but also underlines the importance of creating spaces where everyone feels genuinely accepted and valued.

Ultimately, It's not just about ramps or accessible washrooms (though they have those too!). It's about creating an environment where everyone, irrespective of their age, gender, or abilities, feels valued.

Everythgin here echoes the same sentiment: Vivo is for everyone.

Innovations Galore at Vivo

From cutting-edge fitness equipment to state-of-the-art aquatic facilities, Vivo is all about innovation. The moment you step in, you're greeted with a plethora of options. Whether you're a seasoned athlete or someone taking their first steps towards fitness, there's something for you.

Innovative and Inclusively Designed Facilities
  • State-of-the-art fitness equipment
  • Modern aquatic facilities
  • Spacious indoor park
  • Accessible bathrooms
  • Wide range of fitness and wellness classes, including yoga and spinning sessions
  • Inclusive programs and activities designed for people of all ages, genders, and abilities

And it's not just about the physical facilities. The range of programs on offer is mind-boggling. From yoga classes that help you find your zen to high-octane spin sessions that get your heart racing, the choices are endless. My personal favorite? The indoor park. Watching my daughter's eyes light up as she explored this indoor wonderland was a moment I'll never forget.

Why Vivo is a Calgary Gem

In the heart of Calgary, Vivo stands as a testament to what community, innovation, and inclusivity can achieve. It's not just a rec centre; it's a movement. A movement that celebrates diversity, champions accessibility, and fosters a sense of community.

Community is First at VIVO

For us Calgarians, Vivo is more than just a place to work out. It's a place where stories are made, where dreams are realized, and where everyone is celebrated. It's a place that embodies the spirit of Calgary - warm, welcoming, and always looking forward.

Final Thoughts on Vivo

Calgary, we've got a gem in our midst. Vivo for Healthier Generations is more than just a place to work out; it's a community where everyone, including this gay dad and his little munchkin, feels right at home. It's a testament to what we can achieve when we come together, dream big, and work towards a common goal.

YYC Calgary Hidden Gem: Vivo

Calgary has long been teeming with life and a strong sense of community, yet this incredible revamp of the Vivo Rec Centre is undoubtedly the shot in the arm we needed. As a denizen of this vibrant city and a proud dad, I am overjoyed to see the spirit of Calgary so beautifully encapsulated in an institution that we all hold dear. The air is charged with invigorating energy, the societal bonds are stronger, and the promise of a healthier future for our generations is tangible.

To witness such a monumental re-opening feels like being a part of history. It's not just about celebrating the transformation of a rec centre, but it's recognising the collective joy, anticipation, and shared dreams of our community. It's a testament to the tenacity of Calgarians, our unwavering commitment to uphold inclusivity and fostering a healthier lifestyle for all. There's a profound sense of pride that comes with being a part of this transformational journey.

In essence, seeing Vivo reborn is akin to witnessing a giant leap forward for Calgary. Its spirit of innovation and the dedication to create an environment hinged on acceptance and inclusivity is a blueprint for how community spaces should be. This is exactly the kind of progress we needed, and I couldn't be happier to witness it unfold and share this journey with the community.

Join the Vivo Family

If you haven't visited Vivo yet, what are you waiting for? Come, be a part of this incredible journey. Experience the magic, the warmth, and the sense of belonging that only Vivo can offer. And if you spot a gay dad with a bubbly 3-year-old, come say hi! We're always up for some fun Vivo adventures.

If you're considering becoming part of the Vivo family, you'll find the pricing here. They offer a variety of membership plans to suit different needs and budgets. From single-day passes to monthly subscriptions, there's an option for everyone. What's more, they provide special rates for families and seniors. You can find all the detailed pricing information on Vivo’s website or at their front desk.

Vivo Pricing and Admissions

Last Updated on
December 20, 2023
Austin Please

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Austin Please
I’m a gay dad, a happy husband, and recently my own boss. But it isn’t all sunshine and rainbows, i’m still striving to grow a mustache to achieve ultimate dadness.
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