City of Thunder Bay prepares to re-open outdoor facilities

Ross Houston
May 22, 2020

Following advice from Toronto Public Health, the city has chose to reopen more than 850 park amenities that were temporarily closed in late March to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The city has no plans to reopen baseball diamonds and sports fields at this time.

"Based on the advice of our public health officials, we are moving quickly and carefully to open more than 850 park amenities this week across the city", Tory said in a statement.

The city announced on Thursday afternoon that it is in the process of reopening park amenities, including sports fields, baseball diamonds, basketball courts, skate parks, and park shelters.

With more sun and temperatures in the high 20s forecast for Friday (May 12) and Saturday, you may be tempted to head down to the beaches at Roger's Cove and Beavermead Park in Peterborough, or to take the kids to one of the city's splash pads or wading pools.

The city is not taking any reservations for park use through at least the end of September.

"Parks are a vital part of life in the Forest City".

The use of tennis courts and multi-use fields is allowed for unorganized, casual play by individuals. River Road Golf Course will remain closed until further notice.

The city also reminds people to avoid touching other people's sports equipment such as soccer balls and baseballs. However, it says physical distancing of two metres will still be required.

Fanshawe Golf Course and Thames Valley Golf Course reopened last week with new COVID-19 policies and procedures in place.

"This is great news for all Toronto residents who enjoy our parks".

Since March all recreation programs were canceled and parks have been closed including all the amenities.

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