Lowville Park reopening; Burlington preparing to reopen pools, arenas, and more outdoor amenities
The city says it’s ready to begin reopening certain outdoor amenities when the province announces that Burlington is in Stage 2 of Ontaro’s reopening framework.
The City of Burlington's Recreation Services department redesign plan, which was approved at the June 11 City Council meeting, will include the redesigned and partial reopening of youth programs, outdoor pools, sports fields, splash pads, and some arenas.
Arenas will be opened gradually with one pad of ice and/or arena floor to be opened at a time, and outdoor pools will be able to prepare for reopening (filling, hiring/training staff).
Summer youth programming will be gradually reintroduced, including a modified/smaller version of day camps, student theatre and the Burlington Teen Tour Band. Sports fields will be gradually staged to reopen based on provincial guidelines.
While exact dates have not yet been announced for most reopenings, the city announced that Lowville Park is set to reopen on Monday, June 29. To prevent overcrowding, parking lot capacity will be temporarily limited to roughly 80 per cent and street parking will not be permitted.
"I know our residents are looking forward to getting back in our arenas, pools and camp programs, and our staff have been busy making preparations so we're ready once the provincial emergency orders are lifted,” said Mayor Marianne Meed Ward.
“Our services will look different — they are being redesigned to ensure health and safety precautions for our staff and our participants. I'm so pleased Council supported my motion to give staff the resources and ability to open more services if the demand is there.”
For the full rundown on how Burlington plans to reopen amenities and services, read the city’s statement here.
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