Park Amenities and Recreation
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 5 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.
Over the coming weeks, Loyalist Township crews will begin outdoor maintenance of parks and sports fields. While this annual spring maintenance is important, modifications in services are being made to protect the health and well-being of the community and Loyalist Township workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The work being done is for the purposes of safety, security and sanitization. Maintenance at parks can help prevent noxious weeds from spreading while reducing the presence of ticks and rodents. Additionally, maintenance is necessary to protect the safety of our parks and fields so that they are not significantly or irreparably damaged during this time. By focusing on service and maintenance, we’ll be able to respond more quickly to safely re-open spaces when emergency orders are lifted.
During this time, Township workers will continue to follow all guidelines from local, provincial and federal health officials to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community while maintaining essential services.
While maintenance work is proceeding, residents are reminded that playgrounds, sports fields and park amenities remain closed until further notice in an effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19. We continue to ask for the public’s adherence to the closure of these recreation spaces.
All park amenities in Loyalist Township are closed until further notice.
Park Amentities Closed
This closure aligns with Ontario's extended emergency declaration.
This includes but is not limited to;
- sports fields
- basketball courts
- pickleball courts
- boat launches
- picnic areas
- park shelters
- condo parks and gardens
- and other outdoor recreational amenities
Walk, run or cycle on open paths.
- Walk or run on paths.
- Make way for other pedestrians or cyclists using the same trail.
- Maintain a minimum physical distance of at least 2 metres between yourself and others.
- Report non-compliance concerns to KFL&A online.
- Wash your hands as soon as you can after being outdoors. Use soap and water or an alcohol-based sanitizer.
- Politely let others know if they accidentally overstep the 2-metre safe space.
Use any of the closed park amenities, including playground equipment, boat launches benches and sports fields.
- Remove signs, fencing, or caution tape installed at parks and playgrounds.
- Gather in social groups of more than five in any public space.
- Use the trails or paths if you are feeling ill or are returning from travel.
• Stay home if you are sick
• Practice social distancing
• Avoid high-touch surfaces – such as playgrounds, benches & picnic tables
• Wash your hands with soap and water frequently
Cataraqui Conservation to Re-Open Parrott's Bay starting April 25Cataraqui Conservation announced that they will begin to re-open public access to some of its conservation areas and the Cataraqui Trail for passive use starting April 25, 2020, with strict measures in place for all users to continue to mitigate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In support of this decision to partially re-open some of our conservation areas, the following measures are being put in place in order to facilitate a safe and appropriate “re-opening” of these areas. Additional signage and restrictions will be implemented over the coming week.
• All trail users MUST practice physical distancing of at least two (2) metres between yourself and other users, both on the trails and in parking areas; • Parking lots in certain areas will be reduced to limit visitor volume, please park in designated areas and adhere to no-parking signage (particularly at entrances, access roads and along municipal roads);
• All visitors must refrain from gathering in groups of five or more at any one time;
• All conservation area amenities (touch points) remain closed, this includes washrooms/privies, picnic benches, boardwalks, pavilions, benches, and beaches; and
• Please be kind and act responsibly.
All conservation area rules and regulations still apply:
• Dogs MUST be leashed at all times;
• Do not litter, including garbage, personal protective equipment (i.e. gloves, surgical masks) and pet waste;
• Stay on the marked trails; and
• Conservation Areas are open only during daylight hours
Municipal Boat Launches Closed
Please be advised that due to the COVID-19 emergency, as of Thursday, April 2, 2020 all municipally-owned boat launches within Loyalist Township will be closed for public use until further notice.
The Government of Ontario issued a media release on Monday, March 30, 2020 regarding the closure of all outdoor recreational amenities, effective immediately. The Government’s media release states, “In an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep people home, the Government of Ontario has extended the Declaration of Emergency and associated emergency measures, including the closure of non-essential workplaces and restrictions on social gatherings. In addition, Ontario is issuing a new emergency order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to close all outdoor recreational amenities, [such as boat launches], effective immediately. These actions are based on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.”
In addition to boat launches, Loyalist Township has also closed all sports fields, playgrounds, park surfaces and structures until further notice. Please visit www.loyalist.ca/go/covid19 for the most up-to-date information on changes and/or closures.
Cancellation of Recreation Programs, Rentals & Events
Closure of Township Recreation Facilities
Loyalist Township will be canceling all programming, rentals, and events and will close the WJ Henderson Recreation Centre, Leisure & Activity Centre and the Amherstview Community Hall to the public. This will take effect following the last rental booking on March 13, 2020, and at this time, will continue until further notice.