Strathcona County Reopening Outdoor Park Amenities Including Playgrounds From May 22

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Credit: Strathcona County

Strathcona County has announced that it is reopening playgrounds and park amenities gradually from May 22.

Gallery@501 will reopen on May 20.

The County is asking residents to take precautions when visiting playgrounds. Playground use does have risks, as the County is unable to sanitize the equipment. Children may find it difficult to avoid touching their eyes, nose, or mouth. This can lead to the spread of the virus to playground equipment, other children, and other families.

The County will reopen the following amenities according to these timelines:

  • May 20
    • Gallery@501 – exhibit only
  • May 21
    • Broadmoor Public Golf Course’s driving range and ProShop
  • May 22
    • Playground and outdoor fitness equipment amenity
      re-openings throughout the day (138 locations)
    • Skateboard park at Millennium Place
    • Clubhouse at the Broadmoor Public Golf Course
  • May 22 to 29
    • Gazebos/picnic shelters – staged opening
  • May 29
    • Bike skills park (pending maintenance and weather)
    • Disc golf at the Strathcona Wilderness Centre
  • June 1, June 15, June 30
    • Select fields and diamonds staged opening; as Alberta Health Services approves sport-specific organizations only. *Not open for league play.
      Note: Fields and diamonds are currently open for casual use by members of the same household.

Playground use tips include:

  • Washing hands at home before and after playground use
  • While at the playground, use hand sanitizer after touching playground equipment.
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Keeping at least two metres distance from people outside of the same household.
  • Following Alberta Health Services’ gathering restrictions
  • Staying home if sick or displaying any symptoms of COVID-19
  • Staying in your neighbourhood to help reduce the number of people using the playgrounds at the same time.

WHAT IS CLOSED

According to the County, as indoor recreation facilities fall under stage three of the province’s relaunch plan, all indoor facility bookings cancellations have been extended to July 15, 2020, after which cancellations and bookings will be reviewed monthly, in alignment with Alberta Health Services’ direction.

The next indoor recreation facility cancellation window will be August 15, then September 8, 2020.

  • Festival Place – cancelling June and July bookings, based on indoor gatherings of 15 people and restrictions on events or concerts.
  • County indoor and outdoor summer camps – cancellations in progress.
  • All indoor facility bookings cancelled up to July 15
    • Sliding cancellations to cancel by month and modify bookings as Alberta Health Services’ measures change. Next cancellation window is August 15, then September 8.
    • Once Alberta Health Services provides direction for re-opening, the openings will be staged, based on Alberta Health Services’ approval of sport-specific organizations only.

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