Outdoor Recreation

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The following outdoor recreational services will re-open as of 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, May 22 

  • soccer and other sports fields
  • tennis
  • basketball courts
  • skate parks.
  • No outdoor team sports or recreational classes are permitted. These activities are identified in Step 1 which is estimated to begin on June 14
  • Playgrounds remain open

Please continue to practice physical distancing of 2 meters, consider leaving the amenity if it is crowded, consider wearing a mask and follow the posted signage.  All other COVID-19 restrictions remain in effect until the Stay at Home order expires on June 2, 2021.

Baseball Diamonds 

There are baseball diamonds located at both the Centre Wellington Community Sportsplex (550 Belsyde Ave., Fergus) and the Elora Community Centre (29 David St. W., Elora) along with the following: 

Highland Park (corner of Albert, St. David & Princess Streets, Fergus) has 2 unlit baseball diamonds and 1 lit baseball diamond with spectator seating 

St. Mary's School Park (251 Irvine Street, Elora) has 1 unlit baseball diamond 

Belwood Ball Park (4 Smith Street, Belwood) has 1 lit baseball diamond 

Basketball Courts 
Basketball courts are located at the Elora Community Centre (29 David St. W., Elora), Bissell Park (127 East Mill St., Elora) and Douglas Park (21B Amalia Cres., Belwood).  These spaces are not maintained during the winter months.
Multi-use Court 

The Township has two paved multi-use courts which can be used for a variety of activities throughout the year. Both of these courts include basketball nets for public use.

 

The first court is located at Bissell Park. There is a skating rink there in the winter months (weather permitting).  

The second court is located at the Elora Community Centre. This court is not maintained in the winter. 

 

Skateparks 
We have skateparks located at both the Centre Wellington Community Sportsplex and the Elora Community Centre.  Please see attached assumption of risk.  
Splashpads 

Both the Millburn Splash Pad (313 Millburn St., Fergus) and the Nora Carlaw Splash Pad in O'Brien Park (Clyde & Water St., Elora) will be closing for the season on Wednesday September 22, 2021.

 

Please adhere to the following Covid safety procedures:

  • limit your visit to 30 minutes if others are waiting
  • a maximum of 10 participants at one time on the pad
  • stay at least 6ft/2m apart 

 

Sports fields 

There are Sports fields located at the following locations: 

 

Centre Wellington Community Sportsplex, Fergus - 1 designated soccer field, ample greenspace for training purposes

Strathallan Park (220 Strathallan St.,Fergus) - 3/4 sized soccer field

Victoria Park North (150 Albert St. W., Fergus) - Full sized irrigated, lit soccer field 

Victoria Park South (150 Albert St. W., Fergus) - Irrigated lit rugby field 

Victoria Park West (150 Albert St. W., Fergus) - 3/4 sized soccer/rugby field

St. Mary's School Park (251 Irvine St., Elora) - 3/4 sized soccer field 

South Ridge Park (14 Stafford St., Elora) - 1 full sized soccer field, 2 mini soccer fields  

Tennis & Pickleball

Please note on Wednesday, August 25 the Sportsplex Tennis Courts have been reserved from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm for a special Pickleball Battle 4.5-5.0. Spectators are welcome to bring a lawn chair to watch some of the best pickleball players in Ontario right here at the Sportsplex! Spectators must remain physically distanced from people outside their household. 

 

The two tennis courts located at the the Centre Wellington Community Sportsplex (550 Belsyde Avenue, Fergus) are open for the season and free to use in 2021. These courts are available for public use and for use by members of the Fergus Tennis Club. Pickleball court lines have been added to the Sportsplex courts. 

 

During public access times the courts are free of charge and the gates are open. Courts will be used on a first come, first serve basis by the public and Tennis Club Members. Please limit you time to 1-hour of play if others are waiting to use the courts.

 

Public Access Times:

Monday: 8:30 am - 8:00 pm

Tuesday: 8:30 am - 8:00 pm

Wednesday: 8:30 am - 7:00 pm

Thursday: 8:30 am - 8:00 pm

Friday: 8:30 am - 8:00 pm

Saturday:  11:30 am - 8:00 pm

Sunday:  11:30 am - 6:00 pm

 

Members Access:

Outside of the public access times listed above, usage of the tennis courts is limited to members of the Fergus Tennis club. Access to courts for members is controlled through keyed access. The Fergus Tennis Club looks after scheduling programs and court times during members only times. 

 

Courts open daily from 7 a.m. – 11 p.m. by key code access. 

 

Please abide by the following tennis court rules during COVID-19:
  • Practice physical distancing; stay 2 metres away from others.  Handshakes, high -fives and fist bumps are not permitted
  • Bring your own uniquely marked balls.  Only pick up balls by hand that are assigned to you. When returning balls, use your racquet or feet - never your hands
  • Doubles play allowed as long as physical distancing is adhered to, no gathering in large numbers
  • Wait outside the fenced area while waiting for your court
  • Sportsplex tennis courts are free to use on a first come first serve during public hours.  If others are waiting for a court, playing time is limited to one hour
  • Avoid changing ends
  • Failure to comply with these rules, social distancing requirements, or improper use of the courts, may result in the closure of the tennis courts
  • Please self-regulate and follow the rules

 

  Tennis court recommendations during COVID-19:
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow, immediately dispose of tissue and then use hand sanitizer
  • Bring your own hand sanitizer and use it before, after and during tennis court usage
  • Bring your own water
  • The Sportsplex washrooms and water fountains are closed 
  • Refrain from touching your face, benches, nets and posts
  • Refrain from sharing racquets, water bottles and other personal items 
  • Sanitize equipment, the bottom of your court shoes (prior to entering home), and wash your hands after using the tennis courts

 

The Tower Street Tennis Courts are now open for Tennis club members only.  Please contact the Tennis Club for membership information.  https://fergustennisclub.ca/

Outdoor Skating Rinks - Closed for the season 

Township outdoor skating rinks are closed for the season.  

We want to acknowledge the significant contribution of volunteers throughout the Township who generously gave their time to build and maintain outdoor rinks over this past winter. THANK YOU! 

 

The Township had ice rinks in 11 of our parks this winter. We had larger rinks in the following locations:  

 

The Township had 6 additional neighbourhood rinks in Township parks which were also maintained by volunteers. 

Elora Meadows Park, Drimmie Park, South Ridge Park, Stait Park, Beatty Park, Strathallan Park

 

If you are interested in volunteering to build or maintain an outdoor skating rink in one of our parks next winter, please contact Matt Tucker at mtucker@centrewellington.ca or 519 846-9691 ext. 337

 

Please review the rules prior to using the outdoor rinks.

Please review Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health's Guidance for Winter Activities in the Community during COVID-19.

                 PLEASE STAY OFF STORMWATER FACILITIES.  THEY'RE NOT SAFE FOR ANY USE.

  • Stormwater ponds are designed to prevent flooding, erosion and improve the quality of water before it is gradually released back into the nearest stream or river.
  • Please take caution around all bodies of water and remind children to not play in the area.
  • Water may include road salt and other contaminants that affect ice quality.
  • Stay off of any stormwater pond as they are not safe for use.  The ponds may look safe, but it's what's below the surface that makes them different from regular ponds.  As a result, water flow and water levels can fluctuate quickly without warning. 

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