Eight of the nine splash pads operated by the City of Kingston are opening on Friday, Jun. 19, 2020.
This announcement comes at the same time as Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for the weekend ahead.
The City is recommending users maintain physical distancing, use hand sanitizer, and use their elbows or feet to active the splash pads, as opposed to using hands to do so.
The following eight splash pad sites will be opening on Friday:
- Bert Meunier Park (739 Augusta Drive)
- City Park (33 Bagot Street)
- Lake Ontario Park (920 King Street West)
- Molly McGlynn Park (Rose Abby Drive off Highway 15)
- Ronald Lavallee Memorial Kiwanis Park (53 Fourth Avenue)
- Shannon Park (199 Wilson Street)
- Victoria Park (487 Brock Street)
- Woodbine Park (1180 Woodbine Road)
According to the City, the security fencing at splash pad sites (erected during the initial state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic) will be removed throughout the day at some sites on Friday, Jun. 19, 2020.
The Memorial Centre splash pad requires further commissioning work, followed by a required water test, and will open early next week, the City said in a press release on Thursday, Jun. 18, 2020.
Splash pads will operate from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
The City also said that washrooms and beaches will be opening soon. Some splash pad sites have public washrooms, but the washrooms will remain closed while City Staff work to reopen them on or before Friday, Jun. 26, 2020, with increased cleaning frequency.
“Temporary washrooms will also be provided at Breakwater Park and Grass Creek Park, and the beaches at these locations will also open on or before June 26,” the City said. “Thank you for your patience as we work to ensure the safety of the public and staff during this time.”