The City of Edmonton is reopening playgrounds, sport courts, and fitness amenities within public parks on Friday.
Playgrounds have been closed since late March and sports facilities since late April to prevent coronavirus spread.
As of May 22, the city’s tennis, pickleball, volleyball, and basketball courts will be open to the public. Also opening are skate parks, disc golf areas, outdoor fitness amenities, and tracks.
There may be a delay opening some courts because nets will need to be re-hung. Residents are asked to hang back if barriers are still in place to let city staff get the area ready.
“We understand that Edmontonians want to get outdoors and enjoy the many spaces and places in their neighbourhoods,” interim city manager Adam Laughlin said in a news release.
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“Opening amenities and staying safe is a shared responsibility and it demands that we continue to collectively do our part.”
People must comply with new public health measures when using the reopened facilities:
- Staying two metres apart from others not in their household
- Not gathering in groups of more than 50
- Only sharing equipment with members of the same household
- Staying home when feeling sick
- Washing or sanitizing hands before and after using city amenities
League play still isn’t allowed at city sports facilities, so only pick-up games can happen for now.