Re-opening outdoor recreation facilities including sport fields and park areas

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soccer net at Beavermede

Following the Province’s announcement on the Stage 1 for the re-opening of activities during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City is re-opening outdoor recreation facilities including sport fields and park areas for limited, casual use.

With the lessening of restrictions, there are still some restrictions that apply. Provincial restrictions that limit the number of people in a gathering to not more than five people and encourage physical distancing of at least two metres remain in place.

As people begin to go back out into the community more during the gradual re-opening, they should continue to be cautious of high-touch surfaces, such as benches or picnic tables in parks, avoid touching their faces, and wash their hands regularly with soap for at least 20 seconds to help stop the spread of illness.

Anyone who is sick should stay home.

While sport fields and courts are re-opening for casual use, the City will not be providing permits for scheduled, organized use of the outdoor recreational facilities at this stage.

With COVID-19-related restrictions still in place, there can’t be more than five people gathering at the same time, unless the people are from the same household.

As normal, sport fields and courts may be temporarily closed for maintenance, such as normal spring preparations for outdoor sport fields.

The City, as per the Province’s direction, is lifting the COVID-19-related closure of the following outdoor recreational amenities:

  • Multi-use fields and courts (e.g. baseball diamonds, soccer fields, frisbee golf, tennis courts, and basketball courts)
  • Off-leash dog park
  • Skateboard park
  • Picnic areas, shelters, and benches

In addition to the outdoor recreation facilities, the City marina is scheduled to open on June 12, 2020 with changes to service under new guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are happy that our citizens are able to use more of our wonderful green spaces. While respecting social distancing, people can enjoy fresh air, sunshine, exercise and fun. Play safe Peterborough. Enjoy," said Councillor Lesley Parnell, chair of City Council's Arenas, Parks and Recreation Portfolio.

The Province’s order still requires the closure of playgrounds, play structures and equipment, and outdoor fitness equipment as well as splash pads and wading pools.

The beaches at Roger’s Cove and Beavermead Park are closed.

Both the provincial and local emergency declarations remain in place at this time.

For public health information, please visit peterboroughpublichealth.ca.

For an up-to-date listing on municipal services affected by the COVID-19 emergency, please visit peterborough.ca/COVID19.

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For further information, members of the media are invited to contact the undersigned:

Brendan Wedley, Manager of Communication Services

City of Peterborough

705-742-7777 ext. 1636