Greater Vancouver tennis courts and other parks open with special weekend rules


The Vancouver tennis courts, as well as those of other municipalities in the Greater Vancouver area, will be open this weekend as municipalities in the Greater Vancouver area lift restrictions in March due to the COVID-19 crisis.

However, there are rules for going out to play.

To keep fields and other equipment such as disc golf, basketball and bowling, municipalities ask users to respect rules such as staying two meters apart, labeling the balls so that other players do not touch them and cough or sneeze into your elbow. .

Vancouver in the service

The Vancouver Park Board will reopen 53 tennis and pickleball courts in Vancouver neighborhoods starting Saturday, May 9.

The tennis courts at Kitsilano Beach and Stanley, Queen Elizabeth, Strathcona, Trout Lake, Memorial South and Champlain parks will be ready to play on Saturday morning.

The remaining 135 city courts will reopen throughout the week, with all fields open for play on Friday May 15.

The park council said it had consulted Tennis B.C. and the Vancouver Pickleball Association on how to resume play safely.

New guidelines include keeping two meters away from other players, limiting play to singles or doubles with partners from the same household, lining up in front of courts to play, and marking balls so that others players do not confuse them with theirs.

A man plays tennis at the Port Moody Recreation Complex in Port Moody, British Columbia, Thursday, May 7, 2020. (Ben Nelms / CBC)

Camil Dumont, President of the Vancouver Park Council, said in a statement that staff are examining all of the city’s facilities and public spaces to determine how to re-open them more safely.

“We continue to seek advice from Vancouver Coastal Health, as well as from provincial and federal government officials, for information on revised best practices, with public safety as our top priority,” said Dumont in a written statement.

The park council reopened the VanDusen Botanical Garden, the McCleery Golf Course and the Fraserview Golf Course on May 1. Langara Golf Course will reopen on May 15.

Game in Delta

Sports fields and other outdoor equipment is now open in Delta, with more to come, the city said.

Tennis courts, pickleball fields, disc golf, and lawn bowling are open with Delta’s artificial turf fields. Large gatherings and team sports are prohibited on the field.

The city has posted signs in the facilities on the rules of use. They consist of keeping two meters apart, avoiding large groups and limiting use during peak hours.

Playgrounds, skate parks, bike parks, outdoor pools and outdoor fitness classes remain closed.

New Westminster will employ what it calls “champions of physical remoteness” this weekend to monitor the behavior of people along its river and in the facilities it opens, which include outdoor tennis courts and skate parks.

The city says residents who see others not complying with provincial health ordinances, such as physical distance, can call a COVID-19 compliance hotline.

Coquitlam will also have ambassadors to ensure health measures are followed in the city’s dog parks, outdoor tennis courts, skate parks and outdoor table games, which will reopen on Saturday.

The city says it will clean the toilets twice a day at the facilities it is reopening this weekend.

Port coquitlam has basketball

Port Coquitlam has opened its tennis and basketball courts, lacrosse fields, leash parks, and bike and skate parks from dawn to dusk.

Like other municipalities in the Greater Vancouver area, it asks users to stay two meters away from others and to take other protective measures, such as washing their hands frequently and staying away if you feel sick.

“We went as far as we did because we all did our part, so let’s keep it for everyone’s health and safety. “Said Mayor Brad West in a statement.

People play tennis at the Port Moody Recreation Complex in Port Moody, British Columbia, Thursday, May 7, 2020. (Ben Nelms / CBC)

Metro modus operandi

Metro Vancouver says it expects the warm weather this weekend to attract more users to regional parks, which are open with the exception of Barnston Island and Brae Island.

On Friday, he released guidelines that he wants regional park users to follow to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

“It is the responsibility of all of our visitors to do their part and keep others and our staff safe during this critical time,” said Sav Dhaliwal, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Metro Vancouver.

Metro Vancouver is asking people to stick to regional parks in their area and walk, bike or take public transit to park to avoid overcrowding in parking lots.

The parking lots at Lynn Headwaters Regional Park, Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve and Acadia Beach in Pacific Spirit Regional Park are closed.

He also asks people to maintain a physical distance, not to leave garbage, including used tissues, and not to visit the parks if you are sick.

Metro Vancouver park facilities such as playgrounds, docks, rental facilities and picnic areas remain closed.


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