Starting Friday, the Vancouver Park Board will begin reopening more than 320 outdoor recreation facilities, including skating parks, synthetic sports fields, basketball and volleyball courts, disc golf , hockey-roller, multisports fields and 166 playgrounds.
The park council has declared that playgrounds will be opened in the city by Monday, June 1, in accordance with the resumption of classroom learning from the Vancouver School Board.
In recent weeks, the park council has reopened the Fraserview, McCleery and Langara golf courses, the VanDusen Botanical Garden, as well as tennis and pickleball courts.
Vancouver reopens doors, tennis and pickleball courts
On Monday, 125 playgrounds in the Surrey park system and all playgrounds for the 101 elementary schools in the Surrey School District will reopen.
The city of Surrey is also reopening its skate parks.
In New Westminster, some playgrounds will start reopening on Monday.
The first to reopen have been identified because of their proximity to public restrooms where hand washing can take place before and after using the playground.
The city says that on Monday, June 1, the playgrounds of Moody Park, Port Royal and Quayside Park will reopen, and the playgrounds of Queen’s Park, Hume Park, Sapperton Park, Westminster Pier Park and Grimston Park will reopen throughout the week. The remaining playgrounds will gradually reopen over the summer.
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All spray parks will remain closed until further notice.
City of Maple Ridge staff are asking everyone to stay out of the playgrounds until Monday to allow staff to clear each site before reopening.
The city has opened up its skate parks, disc golf, race tracks, tennis courts, pickleball fields, sports fields, bikes and lacrosse fields for informal and casual use. This means that they are not accepting reservations for training or organized games at this time.
Portable toilets will also be installed in the parks and permanent public toilets will reopen with improved cleaning protocols.
The city says the following facilities remain closed:
- Basketball court
- Hammond outdoor pool
- Maple Ridge Recreation Center
- Greg Moore Youth Center
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Port Coquitlam’s playgrounds, picnic shelters and outdoor fitness equipment in Gates Park and along the Traboulay PoCo Trail will reopen by the weekend.
Effective June 1, Coquitlam will reopen its playgrounds, sports fields (including basketball, lacrosse and volleyball) and its outdoor fitness equipment.
“A collaborative reopening of these facilities makes sense so that we all send the same message to our communities,” said Coquitlam mayor Richard Stewart in a statement. “Likewise, we are counting on our residents to cooperate by using this equipment in a safe and responsible manner, and by continuing to follow the instructions of health officials.”
Port Moody will reopen its outdoor playgrounds, basketball and sports fields and Westhill Park lacrosse field on June 1.
Anmore recently reopened their playgrounds and tennis courts, as well as the parking lot adjacent to Spirit Park.
School district # 43
The playgrounds of all schools in School District 43 will reopen on June 1.
“As the children return to school, it will be important for them to be able to play outside to stay healthy and active,” said the school district superintendent. Patricia Gartland in a press release.
Spray parks remain closed in all three cities, while sports fields are open for informal use only by small groups.
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On Monday, the Delta City playgrounds and basketball hoops will reopen. This includes the playgrounds on the Delta School District property and the basketball hoops shortly thereafter.
The city’s 125 network of parks and all of the 101 elementary schools in the district will reopen on Monday.
The city of Surrey is also reopening its skate parks. The following eight skate parks will reopen on May 30 with physical distance requirements and size limits for the number of users:
- Bear Creek Park
- Royal Kwantlen Park
- Fraser Heights Park
- Cloverdale Fairgrounds
- South Surrey Athletic Park
- Tom Binnie Park
- Surrey Sports and Leisure Complex
- Guildford Recreation Center
Use of playgrounds and outdoor facilities
Municipalities ask everyone who wants to use playgrounds and outdoor facilities to be two meters away from other people outside your home, to wash and disinfect your hands frequently, to disinfect equipment staff before and after use, do not share equipment and stay home if you are sick.
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