City playgrounds set to open Friday, July 17 as Cambridge enters Stage 3

Posted on Thursday July 16, 2020

As part of the transition into Stage 3 under the provincial reopening framework, all city playgrounds will reopen to the public on Friday, July 17. 

“This is another step forward for our community and I’m sure it comes as a welcome announcement for many parents and kids in Cambridge,” says Mayor Kathryn McGarry. “I know it has not been easy for little ones to see the closed-off playgrounds over the last months. However, it’s important that we don’t end up taking steps backward. I urge parents to keep safety top of mind and use a common-sense approach when at the playgrounds with their children. Let’s all continue to work together to keep each other safe.”

With more than 65 playgrounds opening throughout the city, individual monitoring and equipment sanitizing throughout the day is not possible. Residents are reminded that all playground activity is at the risk of the user and should be monitored closely by parents.

While masks are not required, playground users are asked to maintain physical distancing on the equipment. Please ensure hands are washed or sanitized before and after playground use.

“We’re thrilled to be able to reopen another outdoor service for the community this summer,” adds Lesley Head, Director of Parks, Recreation & Culture. “Our staff have been very busy behind the scenes to respond quickly when new provincial announcements are made. We continue to review all our services and look forward to providing more updates as Stage 3 progresses.”

During Stage 2, the City reopened various outdoor facilities, including tennis and basketball courts, disc golf, skateboard facilities, the dog park, picnic shelters, two pools and three splashpads.

The City continues to determine how to safely reopen additional recreation facilities, services, and amenities using a staged approach, guided by the advice and direction of Public Health officials and in coordination with the Region of Waterloo and area municipalities. 

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, further adjustments may be necessary at a future date. The City is committed to providing recreation opportunities and will continue working to develop alternative solutions whenever possible.

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