City announces tentative re-opening of outdoor spaces

Revelstoke Mayor Gary Sulz said re-opening dependant on installation of signage

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The city could begin re-opening playing fields and green spaces after the May 18 long weekend. The city is working with other recreation groups in the province on how to maintain safety in playgrounds and skate parks. In this file photo a group enjoys playing bocce at Centennial Park. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer

Re-opening of city green spaces and playing fields is tentatively set to begin after the May long weekend.

In a May 14 video statement to the public, Revelstoke Mayor Gary Sulz said city parks, recreation and culture staff are working with other recreation groups in the province “to determine best practices on how to maintain safety in the playgrounds and skateparks and hope to provide access in the coming weeks.”

Watch the May 14 Mayor’s Address here:

The following tentative schedule for the City’s outdoor space has been provided pending appropriate signage, which is currently being prepared for installation:

– Public Washrooms (Downtown)May 15, 2020

-Playing Fields (Centennial Park fields, running track & QE Field)May 19, 2020

-All parks green space May 19, 2020

– Public Washrooms (Parks)May 19, 2020

-Tennis Courts May 22, 2020

“I can confirm that at this time, there is to be no organized activities until we receive further guidance and approvals,” he said.

Once fields and courts are re-opened the public will still be required to maintain physical distancing, refrain from sharing equipment and staying home if sick.

Other highlights from the May 14 Mayor’s Address include:

-City staff performing annual maintenance at the Aquatic Centre now, rather than during the usual September shut down

-City economic development staff, Economic Development Commission and Columbia Shuswap Regional District collaborating to establish an economic recovery task force.

– Free use of kitchen facilities at the rec centre being utilized by Community Connections 5 days a week to prepare meals for the food bank. The food bank has seen a significant increase in the number of people using the service due to the current situation with COVID-19.