Park Amenities and Recreation
Playground equipment in Loyalist Township to reopen during stage 3 of the Framework for Reopening the Province
As of Friday, July 17, 2020 municipal playground equipment will begin reopening. Some playgrounds will open sooner than others as staff work to remove signage and caution tape. Picnic tables are also being gradually installed at Township parks. We appreciate your patience while this work is completed.
The playground equipment will not be routinely sanitized by staff, so parents and guardians are being reminded to ensure children follow good personal hygiene, such as bringing hand sanitizer/wipes and making sure kids wash their hands thoroughly after using the equipment. As well, users are reminded to practice physical distancing from people outside your household or social bubble.
The Township is evaluating the gradual safe reopening of recreation amenities at the W.J Henderson Recreation Centre and Leisure & Activity Centre, beginning in September, along with other facilities throughout the Township. Further updates will be provided this summer. For clients who pre-paid for Swim & Skate Memberships, their accounts will automatically be extending upon reopening to reflect the closure dates. Clients in registered programs have received a pro-rated credit on their account.
Summer recreation programs and facility bookings cancelled due to COVID-19
Due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19, Loyalist Township is cancelling all Township-run summer recreation programs and facility bookings for the 2020 summer season. This difficult decision came not only from the current Provincial and public health recommendations, but also from the Township’s Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) due to the concern for the safety and health of both its staff and the wider community.
The cancellation includes all activities such as summer camps, fitness programs, concerts and events, and swimming and skating drop-ins that were originally offered in the Recreation Program Guide. All facility rentals up to and including September 7, 2020, including arenas, pools, community hall, sports fields and parks are cancelled.
Unfortunately, at this time, it is felt that staff would not be able to offer programming or facilities that relies on social gathering, hands on, team based, activities while ensuring all COVID-19 protocols are being strictly followed.
While the Recreation Services division will not be able to deliver traditional summer day camp programming, there are currently plans to develop a virtual summer camp. This camp will offer a variety of virtual camp-themed activities for children to participate in during the summer. Virtual camp activities will be offered free of charge. Virtual fitness classes and children’s programs will continue to be offered through the Recreation Facebook page.
“Recreation programs - especially day camps - are a highlight of the summer for many children. While we understand this news is disappointing, we must continue to prioritize the health and safety of our participants and staff,” said Loyalist Township Mayor, Ric Bresee.
Loyalist Township has offered opportunities for soccer, softball, special events, swimming lessons and camps annually for many years and look forward to being able to once again offer these high quality programs and facilities to our residents once it is safe to do so.
Recreation staff will contact clients to process refunds or credits where applicable. Requests for future booking dates are not being accepted until further notice. To request a refund, please complete the Refunds Request Form.
For more information on the Townships COVID-19 updates please visit loyalist.ca/go/covid19
Reopening of sports fields and courts for casual use
Township run sports fields and courts are available for casual use only. Use at your own risk. Users of fields and courts are reminded that Emergency Provincial Orders remain in place prohibiting gatherings of more than ten people outside of your current household.
To allow for physical distancing and to limit the spread of COVID-19 when using outdoor sport amenities, maintain a two-metre distance from others, and avoid picking up someone else’s sports equipment. Wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face.
Municipal Boat Launches re-open May 15
On May 15th, municipal boat launches in Loyalist Township will re-open to local residents. While the boat launches will be re-opened for local use, the municipalities are reminding boaters that Provincial emergency orders that prohibit the gathering of more than 10 people and physical distancing guidelines remain in place.
To safely enjoy boating during COVID-19 there are several safe use procedures that must be followed.
- If another boater is launching a boat when you arrive, please queue in line and remain in your vehicle until they are finished.
- Do not congregate near the boat launch prior to or after launching your boat.
- Ensure you are maintaining a distance of 2 metres ((6 feet) apart from others while loading/unloading boats and while on the waterways.
- Ensure you are practicing safe and responsible boating practices in order to minimize the need for emergency service response.
- Only launch a boat within your local municipality. Travelling from region to region is discouraged by Public Health experts. Stay safe, stay local.
Signage will be placed at municipal boat launches reminding residents of safe use procedures. Although boat launches have re-opened, all park structures within the municipality remain closed due to COVID-19.