Playgrounds to open in several Metro Vancouver cities next week

May 28 2020, 9:58 am

Parks and recreation staff across Metro Vancouver are spending the weekend removing caution tape from playgrounds as cities open more park amenities as part of their gradual reopening strategy.

Playgrounds and sports facilities in the Lower Mainland have been closed since late March because of the coronavirus pandemic. But now that new case numbers are decreasing and the province is preparing to move to Phase 3 of its reopening plan, several municipalities are allowing access to park amenities once again.

Vancouver, Delta, and the Tri-Cities all said in news releases Thursday that their playgrounds should all be ready for kids by Monday, June 1. That coincides with the day that some children around BC will return to classrooms.

Vancouver will also open its skate parks on Friday, May 29. Basketball courts, volleyball courts, and astroturf fields will also reopen for casual use in the coming days.

“Vancouver is an incredibly active city with residents who rely on our outdoor facilities for recreation, fitness, and overall wellbeing,” Park Board Chair Camil Dumont said in a news release.

“We know it has been a challenge for many in our community who have had to forego their usual outdoor recreation activities during COVID-19 and I’m grateful to everyone for their understanding and patience through this process.”

While using Metro Vancouver parks facilities, people are asked to maintain two metres of distance from those not in their household and to only share equipment with people they live with. Users are also asked to sanitize their hands frequently and to stay home if feeling sick.