Township will re-open some outdoor amenities

Posted On Friday May 22, 2020

CENTRE WELLINGTON – In response to the Province’s announcement and Phase 1 of Ontario’s Framework for Re-opening the Province permitting the re-opening of some outdoor recreational amenities, Township staff have been working toward re-opening its outdoor amenities.

“Staff are working diligently to ensure our amenities open safely and quickly” said Mayor Kelly Linton.  “We are all looking forward to getting out on the courts for a game of tennis, or spread a blanket out at the park to play catch or kick a ball with our family, and we appreciate your patience as we re-open amenities based on direction from the provincial government.”

While some Township amenities can be reopened right away, in some specific cases, it may take several days or weeks to reopen following provincial announcements. Staff are working to ensure all amenities are safe to reopen. Staffing levels have been reduced due to deferring the hiring of seasonal staff in order to address savings to offset lost revenues. A number of full-time staff from other areas have been redeployed to assist with the reopening of our parks.

Earlier this week, the CW off-leash Dog Park and Tower St. tennis courts were re-opened, co-operatively with the Fergus Tennis Club.  We ask that members of the public adhere to the rules of the tennis courts to protect users and the community.  The rules of the courts and the Provincial regulations must be followed so that the Township will not be forced to close these outdoor amenities going forward.  For tennis court rules and hours of operation, please visit www.centrewellington.ca/tennis

“The Fergus Tennis Club has been a fixture in our community for the past 100 years.” Said Sheila Hogarth, Fergus Tennis Club President.  “We are happy to announce that the tradition of offering tennis for "Family, Fitness & Friendship" will continue for the 2020 season, although social events will be tempered and operations will be tailored in support of 'safe play'. The club is excited to begin the 2020 outdoor tennis season, see you on the courts!”

When using outdoor recreation facilities, members of the public are asked to:

  • Maintain a physical distance of at least two metres or six feet, except for members of the same household
  • Not gathering in groups of more than five
  • Wear non-medical masks where possible
  • Practice good cough etiquette
  • Wash and/or sanitize their hands often

The following will open as of Friday, May 22:

  • Sports fields (team activities are not permitted)
  • Tennis courts at the CW Community Sportsplex
  • Structures at parks and open spaces.  Residents can once again use picnic tables, benches or shelters provided that users maintain a physical distance of at least two metres. Outdoor furniture, bleachers, backstops, and player benches are not sanitized and we remind residents to wash or sanitize their hands thoroughly after use.

While parks were never closed for walk-through traffic, residents can now enjoy a few more activities in their local parks and green spaces with members of their own household. At this time, skateparks and basketball courts will remain closed until staff can safely open these facilities.  All playgrounds, park washrooms, and splashpads, remain closed in accordance with the extension of Provincial Orders. Water bottle filling stations will remain closed, participants are reminded to bring their own water to these amenities.

This is a rapidly evolving situation; discussions and decisions are ongoing. Any changes in operations will be communicated and posted to the Townships website at www.centrewellington.ca/emergencyplanning and on our social media platforms, www.facebook.com/CentreWellington and Twitter www.twitter.com/CentrWellington.

For more information:

Kendra Martin | Communications Coordinator

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