Starting this Saturday, May 9th, the Town of Oakville is opening up green spaces for community use.
Starting Saturday, May 9th, some outdoor spaces in Oakville will be open! This is great news! But keep in mind that the Provincial Emergency Order will remain in effect until at least May 19, which restricts the use of park amenities such as playgrounds, sports fields and dog parks, as well as groups of more than five people, to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
“We’re reopening some outdoor spaces so we can all get some fresh air and exercise, but please remember to practice physical distancing so that all the efforts we’ve made so far are not wasted,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “Public health officials continue to advise us that keeping at least two metres from others, and not congregating in groups, remains crucial to limiting the spread of COVID-19 and saving lives.”
Activities that are permitted in Oakville parks green space, for individuals or groups of up to five people include:
- Playing catch, kicking a soccer ball and flying a kite
- Sitting on a blanket, grass or lawn chair
- Exercising and stretching on a yoga mat (but no classes)
- Letting young children run (yay!)
Please remember that the following amenities are still closed:
- all playgrounds and play structures
- skateboard parks
- park parking lots
- recreation centre grounds and parking lots
- dogs parks and off-leash dog areas
- all sports fields (soccer fields, baseball diamonds, basketball courts, tennis courts, running tracks)
- benches, picnic tables and shelters
- beaches, marinas and boat launch ramps
Starting Monday, May 11th, the Town of Oakville will start its Park Ambassador program. Town staff will be able to educate the public and promote the safe use of neighbourhood greenspace by families and individuals without overburdening municipal enforcement staff. Remember, less than 5 in your group, and they need to live with you in your home.
Cemeteries will also be re-open as of Saturday, May 9th and it’s a perfect time to pay a visit to a lost loved one.
You can find a list of Town of Oakville Parks here.
Info gathered from the Town of Oakville’s Mayor’s Newsletter May 7, 2020.