City Playgrounds Closed for Children’s Safety
Posted: March 23, 2020
Today Mayor Mitch Panciuk and CAO Rod Bovay participated in a regularly scheduled conference call with representatives from Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH), Hastings County, Quinte West and Prince Edward County among other community partners. HPEPH provided updates and the opportunity to ask questions. One of the recommendations that came from the Health Unit was to close all City playgrounds - an action previously decided by the City’s Parks and Open Spaces Department which was then reinforced by these recommendations.
Residents have been cautioned to practice social distancing as much as possible. It is important to remember this precaution applies to all ages, not just adults. It is recommended that a minimum of two metres be kept to prevent the spread of the virus. This, in combination with the inability to properly sanitize playground equipment, determined today’s action. For the safety of children within our community the decision has been made to close the playgrounds during this time.
The following locations have swing sets or swing sets separate to the play equipment. The swings will either be removed or wrapped around the top rail and secured to prevent access.
Alemite Park | Bird Park | Boyd Park | Canniff Park | Churchill Heights Park | Community Resource Centre (Queen Mary) | Robin Jeffrey Park | Haig Park | Kinsmen Park | Morris Drive Parkette | Orchard Park | Parkdale Park | Potter’s Creek Park | Stanley Parkette | Thurlow Park | West Park Village Park |West Riverside Park | Playground | Zwick’s West Park
‘Playground Closed’ signage will be posted and we ask that parents and caregivers respect these decisions for the children’s safety. Parents are encouraged to find ways for their children to be outdoors in the fresh air but to avoid groups of children playing closely together.
Hastings Prince Edward Public Health reminds residents of the importance of practicing social distancing during this time. They are asking people who have recently travelled outside of the borders of Canada, to voluntarily self-isolate for 14 days after they return and watch carefully for symptoms of the virus, and to call Public Health if they feel feverish, unwell, or develop a cold or cough. People who feel well, who have been in close personal contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, should also self-isolate for 14 days after last exposure and call Public Health if they feel feverish, unwell or develop a cold or cough. For more information and ways to best protect yourself and your family, visit: hpepublichealth.ca.
Residents are assured their garbage will be collected with or without tags as we are encouraging people to stay inside and it is important they follow this whenever possible. Ongoing updates and impacts to City services are available on our COVID-19 Response page. The page will be updated on a regular basis.