COVID 19: City parks open again - with some restrictions

A close-up of the batters boxes and home plate on a vacant baseball diamond

The City of Toronto has begun a slow yet steady reopening of its park amenities as of May 20 with more planned for the upcoming May 23 weekend.

Members of the Riverbank City Council have directed City Staff to open the parks, tennis courts, basketball courts, park restrooms and skate park with a few restrictions.

The city is not taking any reservations for park use through at least the end of September.

All City of London off-leash dog parks are open for public use.

"Our community has done well to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 virus, and we are pleased to reopen certain park amenities for public use", stated Mayor Steve Clarke.

As usual, enforcement officers will be patrolling parks this weekend to make sure measures are being followed.

"People must always stay two metres (six feet) apart while visiting the City's parks". The 6ix had closed all facilities back in March as the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic became apparent.

The city has no plans to reopen baseball diamonds and sports fields at this time. Permits from the TDSB remain cancelled until further notice.

Londoners can now play catch, kick a ball around, fly a kite or exercise at the park, but outdoor playgrounds and play structures remain off limits.

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

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

Signage is being installed at open park amenity areas to remind users of the importance of physical distancing to help stop the spread of COVID-19 to protect the safety and well-being of all residents", the City said.



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