Phase three of Renew P.E.I. Together starts Monday and Charlottetown’s parks and recreation department is cautiously permitting the reopening and return to play of activities and facilities in accordance with the Chief Public Health Office (CPHO) requirements and guidance documents.
Effective June 1, the following organized sport and recreation activities will be permitted, and facilities will be re-opened:
- Ball Fields – minor ball, coed/men’s/women’s softball and adult baseball;
- Soccer Fields – minor, adult and coed soccer;
- Multi-Use Sport Fields – Ultimate Frisbee, flag football, and lacrosse;
- Victoria Park Tennis Courts – drop-in and organized play;
- Skate Park – drop-in use and organized small competitions;
- Playgrounds – open for public use with limit 20 participants per playground, depending on size;
- Sport Courts – open for public use with limit 20 participants, depending on size ;
- Lawn Bowling Greens – limited organized play;
- Potters Studio – limited organized use;
- Community Centres – limited private bookings use;
- Arenas – limited private bookings use;
- Outdoor Swimming Pools – expected to open June 27, with limits on use;
- Victoria Park Splash Pad – expected to open June 20, with limits on use;
- Clubhouses – open to staff and program organizers only, the public will not be permitted to access at this time;
- Washrooms in Parks – will not be open at this time, but the department is in the process of developing a plan so that the washrooms can open at some capacity in the near future;
- Benches, picnic tables and garbage cans – over the next week or so staff will be putting out the seasonal benches, picnic tables, garbage cans;
- Programs – the department is currently confirming details on direct delivery programs, such as: summer day camps, intro to sports, and direct delivery tennis. More information is expected to be available within the coming weeks on these programs.
The clubhouse and washrooms will remain closed to the public.
Playgrounds in Charlottetown will reopen June 1
All city-owned playgrounds will reopen to the public on June 1.
Some local playgrounds will also see equipment upgrades in the coming weeks, as passed by council during the May meeting.
New equipment will be installed at the following playgrounds:
- Lions Park will receive medium play structures with a high play value, play novelty, ages 2 – 12 years ($23,755.55);
- MacPherson Park will receive medium play structures with a high play value, play novelty, ages 2 – 12 years($23,773.95);
- Kennedy Park and MacLean Park will both receive a six-foot (two bay) swing set with two tot seats and two belt seats ($4,567.80);
- Rosemount Park and Westridge Park will both receive an eight-foot (two bay) swing sets with two tot seats and two belt seats ($4,665.55);
- MacMillan Park will receive a six-foot (one bay) swing sets with one tot seat and one belt seat ($1,251.20).
PlayPower was awarded the tender for all listed equipment. An additional $75,000 was also approved for playground removal, installation and contingency costs.
In permitting these activities and facilities to open, the public is required to adhere to the CPHO requirements and guidance. When using any structure in a park or facility, the public is required to maintain recommended physical distancing, practise hand hygiene often, maintain proper etiquette around coughing/sneezing and take necessary precautions. Signage will be posted at facilities, playgrounds and sport fields outlining the CPHO policies and procedures that are required to be adhered when using.
City staff will monitor public use and the city requests these measures be respected and thanks the public for their cooperation and understanding. If the P.E.I. Public Health requirements are not being respected, restrictions could be put in place on use and activities.
For more information, contact the parks and recreation department at 902-368-1025.