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City operated rinks, skating oval, toboggan hills and trails remain open during province wide shutdown

City operated rinks, skating oval, toboggan hills and trails remain open during province wide shutdown

Sault Ste Marie, Thunder Bay Outdoor Activities

SAULT STE MARIE, THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ~~~~~~January 14, 2020  (LSN)   – Under the provincial government shutdown, Sault Ste Marie, outdoor recreational facilities will remain open as a method of physical activity. This includes City operated rinks, skating oval, toboggan hills and trails.

Users must adhere to the following:

  • Outdoor sports or recreational classes of any kind are not permitted at recreational facilities. This includes the City of Sault Ste. Marie operated outdoor skating rinks and ice pads – Anna McCrea, Merrifield and Esposito rinks, Art Jennings Speed Skating Oval and the Clergue Park Skating Trail. 
  • In order to comply with provincial orders during this lockdown phase, hockey games, scrimmages, shinny and pick up hockey are prohibited. Hockey sticks, pucks and nets should not be on the ice at any time. Due to provincial legislation otherwise previously designated ‘hockey rinks’ (Anna McCrea, Merrifield and Esposito rinks) shall be used for skating only.
  • Skating will continue at all outdoor skating facilities in alignment with Provincial guidelines as follows:
  • Users of any outdoor City site must plan your visit accordingly,
  • No groups larger than 5 people are permitted and;
  • Those outside of your household must maintain a physical distance of at least two metres.
  • Masking is recommended at all times even outdoors.

It is important for the City to continue to provide the community with safe ways to stay active as the pandemic continues however, the opening of outdoor recreational sites are subject to change as Provincial orders change.

Thunder Bay Outdoor Recreational Amenities
When using any outdoor facility, residents must maintain a distance of two metres from people who are not part of their household. A mask or face covering is recommended on outdoor rinks and other park areas as an additional measure during the lockdown extension, especially when physical distancing is a challenge. Details include:

  • Outdoor rinks will remain open, with certain restrictions. Residents are asked to obey signage at the rinks and maintain physical distancing of at least two metres. Washrooms, if present, may be used by one person at a time upon request, and masks are required. Indoor benches and change rooms remain closed.
  • The outdoor skating rink at Prince Arthur’s Landing has a maximum capacity of 57 users on the ice, which must be adhered to. Other outdoor rinks do not have listed maximum capacities, but users must maintain recommended physical distancing. Organized games or practices are not permitted, but if nets are present they may be used.
  • Dog parks remain open.
  • Parks, including sliding hills, remain open. However, organized sports or practices are prohibited on playfields and ball diamonds.
  • Recreational trails remain open.
  • No changes to curbside garbage collection or landfill procedures, but residents are reminded to bag all garbage and not put loose items in cans or containers.

All registered recreational programs have been cancelled for the duration of the Orders. Staff will provide updates on postponed start dates once known. For inquiries on credits and refunds, call 625-2227 and leave a message with contact information only (do not leave credit card information over voicemail).

Under the order, outdoor public gatherings are restricted to a limit of five people. This is consistent with the rules during the lockdown during the first wave of COVID-19 in spring 2020 and will allow individuals and families to enjoy time outdoors safely.

The following municipal facilities are still closed until further notice:

  • Canada Games Complex, our largest recreational facility
  • Churchill Pool (Volunteer Pool has remained closed under renovation during the pandemic)
  • Arenas: Fort William Gardens, Neebing, Delaney, Port Arthur, Grandview, Current River
  • Older Adult Centres: 55 Plus Centre and West Arthur. Take-out food service (curbside pick-up) will continue for seniors’ food security
  • Community Centres: West Thunder, Current River, North End, Oliver Road, North McIntyre, Jumbo Gardens, South Neebing, Vale, Vickers Heights, West Arthur (includes volunteer-board operated community centres)
  • Kinsmen Youth Centre
  • Baggage Building Arts Centre
  • Water Garden Pavilion, (Prince Arthur’s Landing rink will remain open)
  • Conservatory

The enforcement of COVID-19 legislation is a joint initiative by the Thunder Bay District Health Unit, City By-law Officers, and the Thunder Bay Police Service.

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