City anticipates splash pads, Breakwater Park to reopen by Canada Day

While it will likely look somewhat different from this photo of students filling the Gord Edgar Downie Pier at Breakwater Park over move-in weekend in 2019, the City of Kingston anticipates the Park and Pier to be among those municipal amenities reopening in time for Canada Day 2020. Photo by Lucas Mulder.

The City of Kingston is aiming to have splash pads and Breakwater Park, among other municipal amenities, open in time for residents to enjoy by Canada Day.

Although the City is currently awaiting the details of the provincial regulations that will help guide the reopening of municipal amenities as part of Stage 2 of Ontario’s Framework for Reopening, the City anticipates that splash pads, beaches, Breakwater Park and Gord Edgar Downie Pier to be among those amenities to reopen by Canada Day.

According to a press release from the City of Kingston on Thursday, Jun. 11, 2020, City Staff will be considering “the public health risks as well as the financial implications of operating larger recreation amenities such as aquatic facilities” when considering which amenities will be opened during Stage 2. The City indicated that, as Staff work to reopen these amenities, it will take time to prepare the sites in accordance with Public Health guidelines, and to staff services and amenities accordingly. These decisions will be made in consultation with KFL&A Public Health.

“Residents should expect that their experiences may look and feel different once other municipal amenities reopen during Stage 2,” the City said.

City Staff are expected to provide more details one the reopening of municipal services at a special Council meeting taking place on Tuesday, Jun. 23, 2020.

“The Provincial regulations clearly define what is required by businesses and municipalities to safely reopen, such as recommended gathering sizes and cleaning regimens. We appreciate the patience of residents as we carefully review the implications of what Kingston will look like in the weeks ahead,” CAO Lanie Hurdle said in a statement.

The City of Kingston closed all parks and amenities on Friday, Mar. 27, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kingstonist will continue to monitor progress in these reopenings and provide updates as more information becomes available.

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