City of London re-opening several park amenities for public use


The city of Orillia will reopen some park amenities to the public as the warm weather beckons more residents outdoors.

While park amenities reopen, health measures and precautions remain critical to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the community.

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.

But don't think you can get together with your buddies for a game of shirts vs skins. Team sports are not allowed unless the members are from the same household.

City crews have already begun installing tennis nets and unlocking gates to dog parks. "Individuals are not permitted to play team sports, such as soccer or baseball, even on fields intended for this goal unless they are members of the same household".

Provincial orders prohibiting the use of play structures, swings, slides, splash pads and outdoor exercise equipment remain in effect.

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Many parks' parking lots will also reopen this week at parks across the city.

The City of Toronto's municipally run golf courses are open for the 2020 season under public health guidelines.

"This is great news for all Toronto residents who enjoy our parks". Physical distancing must be followed, and tee times must be booked in advance.

The reopening of parks amenities will continue into next week the City said, as staff work with Toronto Public Health to open lawn bowling facilities and outdoor bocce.

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

"People must always stay two metres (six feet) apart while visiting the City's parks".