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General News · 27th May 2020
Elaine Popove SRD
May 27 - SRD Reopens Select Outdoor Park Facilities

Campbell River, BC - After careful preparation and planning; protocols have been put in place and the Strathcona Regional District (SRD) is reopening select outdoor park facilities in the Region.

Although the majority of SRD parks and trails have remained opened, numerous outdoor amenities have been closed since March 23 to help limit the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The reopening follows the Province of BC’s May 6 announcement that easing of some restrictions will begin in mid-May through the BC Restart Plan.

Strathcona Gardens Recreation Complex, Quadra Island Community Centre, regional campgrounds, playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment, picnic shelters and water fountains throughout the region remain closed at this time. The SRD is focused on working within the health guidelines and provincial directives to have these facilities open as soon as we are advised that it is safe to do so.

The following SRD outdoor park facilities have reopened this week:
• Hagel Park Tennis/Basketball Courts – Electoral Area D
• Blenkin Park Facilities (Tennis/Basketball Courts and Skatepark) – Electoral Area C
• Cortes Island Basketball Court and Skatepark – Electoral Area B

The province has identified community gardens as an essential service due to them being an important food source for the users. In response to this, the SRD recently reopened the Maple Park Community Garden in Electoral Area D to its existing members only, with enhanced safety protocols in place. The community garden remains closed to the general public at this time.

While enjoying SRD parks and facilities, residents are reminded to please practice social distancing by staying at least two meters or six feet apart from other park users. Preliminary studies have shown COVID-19 can live up to three days on plastic and steel surfaces. Please take extra precautionary measures and practice self sanitizing if touching public surfaces such as rails, handles etc. If you are feeling unwell or have been in contact with someone positive for COVID-19, please do not visit SRD parks and trails.

SRD Parks are being routinely inspected and any closures or social distancing violations observed are being addressed. To remain up to date on accurate information, please visitwww.srd.ca/COVID-19 or follow the SRD social media channels StrathconaRegionalDistrict on Facebook and Twitter.

Media contacts:
Aniko Nelson
Strathcona Regional District - Senior Manager, Community Services
250-830-6708 anelsonsrd.ca