All City of Lethbridge play structures, outdoor fitness equipment, park benches and picnic tables will reopen to the public on May 29, 2020. With this, comes an important list of precautions for all residents to consider before and after using these amenities.
All residents must still comply with the COVID-19 public health orders in place including gathering restrictions and maintain physical distancing of 2 metres between individuals not from the same household. Those who are sick or have symptoms related to COVID-19 must not use any public amenities.
Other precautions and actions to consider when using playgrounds and other amenities:
- Practice proper hand hygiene.
- Wash/sanitize your hands often
- Refrain from touching your face
- Carry and use hand sanitizer containing at least 60 per cent alcohol content immediately before and after touching playground equipment or other parks amenities.
- Consider limiting children and other members of your household to only visiting playgrounds that are close to your home. This will help limit the number of people your family may come into contact with.
- If a playground is frequently used, consider the additional risk this may pose to your family and avoid this spot.
- Maintain physical distancing and limit congregating with other people when entering and leaving the playground and supervising children playing (e.g. paths, benches, picnic areas).
- Individuals should maintain physical distancing when returning to vehicles or homes.
The City of Lethbridge has been preparing for the safe reopening of playgrounds as per the outlined recommendations from the Government of Alberta. This includes checking all 123 play structures across the city for vandalism, damage or other hazards, removing signage, placing new signage in busier areas and ensuring staffing levels are adequate for maintenance. Play structures will not be cleaned and residents will be using playgrounds at their own risk.
Due to construction for the Parks Irrigation Project at Henderson Lake, the play structure on Parkside Drive is expected to remain closed for approximately 1 more week.
Each town and city in Alberta is approaching the opening of playgrounds differently based on their own situations and needs. Safety of staff, and in this case, our city's youngest residents, is our number one priority.
At this time, public washrooms and picnic shelters in City parks remain closed.
For more information on the City of Lethbridge response to COVID-19, visit www.lethbridge.ca/covid19.
For Public Inquiries:
Call 311 | Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Dave Ellis, Parks General Manager
City of Lethbridge