City of Cambridge extends recreation program and facility cancellations to June 30, 2020

Posted on Wednesday April 15, 2020

The City of Cambridge and local municipalities have jointly decided to cancel all spring indoor/outdoor municipal recreation and arts programs throughout the region until June 30, 2020.

As well, all municipal cultural, recreational and leisure facilities, including recreation facilities, community centres, arenas, pools, sports fields and the Idea Exchange locations will remain closed until the end of June. This decision is designed to help flatten the curve by helping to break the chain of transmission of COVID-19 and to provide clarity to potential registrants for the spring season.

“This is very unfortunate as I know many of our seniors, kids and families were looking forward to getting back into these popular programs but we must do all we can do to flatten the curve,” said Mayor Kathryn McGarry. “This is a temporary measure and we are hopeful that circumstances will improve and may enable an earlier opening for at least some of these facilities.”

As a result of these extended facility closures, any third-party programs, events or activities scheduled to take place will be postponed or cancelled. Staff have been working with users of our facilities, including sports groups, to make arrangements on a collaborative basis. It is anticipated that by taking this decision today, volunteer program organizers will have greater certainty as they plan for the upcoming season.   

In Cambridge, more than 600 spring programs will be cancelled, including swimming lessons, fitness classes, arts activities, 50+ adult drop-in programs, outdoor sports events and tournaments.  

However, the City remains committed to helping the community stay active during this period. Through the #RecFromHome portal, residents can access free resources to stay active and engaged from home with activities such as fitness videos, gallery tours, crafts and more.

In addition, the Without Walls (WOW) phone program continues for older adults in Cambridge. This program offers groups of five to 10 people the opportunity to get together over the phone for conversation, trivia games, bingo, and even musical sessions.  Staff continue to conduct individual wellness calls to members of our older adults program.

Visit www.cambridge.ca/recfromhome for more information.

The municipalities will continue to review recreational facility closures, in conjunction with direction from the province and guidance from the Region of Waterloo’s Acting Medical Officer of Health, to determine if earlier opening is possible.

Programming after June, including summer camps, have not been cancelled at this point and will depend on advice from Public Health.

This announcement is further to the media release issued April 13 regarding the postponement/cancellation of all events on municipal property until June 30.  This includes a range of community events, such as the Cambridge Kin Carnival, Tour De Grand, the Portugal Day Parade and the Cambridge Celebration of the Arts.

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Primary media contact

Susanne Hiller
Director of Communications
City of Cambridge
hillers@cambridge.ca