Toronto to reopen more than 850 park amenities this week

Toronto to reopen more than 850 park amenities this week

Toronto to reopen more than 850 park amenities this week

After a lengthy discussion by the city council on the COVID update as well as the discussion on reopening the parks and continuing events that was presented by Director of Parks and Recreation Sue Fitzpatrick, the direction was given at the meeting last week.

Provincial orders prohibiting the use of play structures, swings, slides, splash pads and outdoor exercise equipment remain in effect.

When it comes to the park amenities that will be reopening later this week, they include: more than 300 soccer and multi-use fields, picnic shelters, 300 baseball diamonds and 150 basketball courts. The city also said that gatherings of more than five people are still not permitted.

The city's marina is scheduled to open on Friday, June 12th, with changes to service under new guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The city is in the process of re-installing nets on tennis and pickleball courts.

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"This is great news for all Toronto residents who enjoy our parks".

The skate park will remain closed due to a lack of ability to maintain physical distancing at that park. Team sports are not allowed unless the members are from the same household.

In keeping with physical distancing measures, if you arrive at a park space that is too busy or crowded, the city asks that you wait until there is enough space to properly practice physical distancing or return at another time.

"While visiting a park, people must continue to practise physical distancing".

The reopening of park amenities will continue into next week, as staff work with Toronto Public Health to open lawn bowling facilities and outdoor bocce.

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