Stay COOL But BE Careful - Select Kitchener Splash Pads To Reopen June 26
KITCHENER - As part of the second stage in the City’s phased COVID-19 recovery plan, select City splash pads will reopen to the public with physical distancing measures in place beginning June 26.
“We are pleased to open some of the City’s outdoor recreation amenities for our community to enjoy,” said Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic. “We continue to take a careful and gradual approach to reopen City amenities, as the health and safety of residents and users continue to be our top priority. We’ve also modified our procedures accordingly to ensure the community can access these amenities safely.”
Starting June 26, City splash pads located at McLennan Park, Centreville-Chicopee Community Centre, and Kingsdale Community Centre will open with physical distancing measures and modified access.
Splash pads will operate at a reduced capacity from 11:15 a.m. to 6:45 p.m., seven days a week except for during inclement weather. During busy periods, usage will be limited to 15 minutes to ensure access for as many users as possible. Splash pads will be monitored by City staff to ensure compliance with provincial and Public Health guidelines related to physical distancing however children must be supervised by a parent or guardian at all times.
Washrooms will be available at the Kingsdale and McLennan Park locations, but not at Centreville-Chicopee at this time.
“The City must continue to balance the need for safety with what we expect will be a high demand for these outdoor amenities,” said Ward 2 Councillor Dave Schnider. “We anticipate that there may be wait times at our splash pads and recommend being patient and that families bring water, snacks, and activities to make the most of their time while waiting.”