Splash Pads Open for Season

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Water from a splash pad feature

Peterborough, ON - Splash Pads in City parks are now open for the season with people encouraged to follow public health guidelines when using the water play structures.

The splash pads open from noon to 7 p.m. each day. They are located at:

  • King Edward Park, 455 George St. S.
  • Nicholls Oval, 725 Armour Rd.
  • Rogers Cove, 131 Maria St.
  • Kinsmen Park, 1 Kinsmen Way (Sherbrooke Street and Clonsilla Avenue)
  • Barnardo Park, Barnardo Avenue north of Sunset Boulevard

The splash pads were commissioned for the season on Friday, June 19, 2020 after discussions with Peterborough Public Health on safe operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Peterborough Public Health reminds everyone that public health measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 must be followed when attending and using splash pads. Signage is posted at splash pads to provide guidance on the measures. Public Health recommends the following measures:

  • Where there are buttons to activate water features, people should use their elbows or feet to push the buttons, depending on the height, instead of their hands. During the state of emergency, splash pads should be considered a "Hands-Free Zone".
  • Maintain physical distancing of at least two metres from other people who are not from the same household or designated social circle.
  • Bring hand sanitizer and use it frequently. Avoid touching your face.

Water play features in the splash pads that require gripping, such as water cannons, have been disabled or removed in order to encourage a hands-free environment.

"Peterborough Public Health and the City's Public Works team worked quickly on opening our splash pads as another option for some relief during the heat. Please follow precautions. Play safe. Stay cool. Enjoy," said Councillor Lesley Parnell, the Chair of Council's Arenas, Parks and Recreation Portfolio.

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