City of Waterloo gradually reinstates recreation programs

Posted On Thursday June 18, 2020

Consistent with other regional municipalities, the City of Waterloo is gradually reinstating recreation programs over the summer months. 

Recreation facilities will reopen in a controlled, gradual manner to provide recreation services and programs to support city-affiliated organizations and summer camps only. Daily access to our facilities in the short term will be for program participants only. 

The following programs and activities are targeted to open up as per the dates provided. All activity is dependent on local, provincial and federal government policy and regulations, as well as the guidance of Regional Medical Officer of Health Directives in relation to COVID-19.

 

Moses Springer outdoor pool – target date to open July 1

  • Public swims and other programs will be managed through pre-registration on ActiveWaterloo
  • Program offerings may increase over time depending on ongoing assessment

The Swimplex – target date for partial opening is July 6

  • The Swimplex at Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex will open to support city-affiliated organizations pending compliance with local, provincial and federal government policy and regulations, as well as the guidance of Regional Medical Officer of Health Directives in relation to COVID-19 and summer camps only
  • Regular aquatics programs are not scheduled to start at this time
  • Program offerings may increase over time depending on ongoing assessment

Summer day camps – target date to start July 6

  • Summer day camps will run out of Albert McCormick Community Centre, RIM Park Manulife Sportsplex and Healthy Living Centre and the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex

Indoor sports facilities – target date for partial opening is July 6

  • Albert McCormick Community Centre, Moses Springer Community Centre, RIM Park Manulife Sportsplex and Healthy Living Centre and the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex
  • These facilities will host City of Waterloo summer day camps and limited use for city-affiliated organizations and/or commercial activity only pending compliance with local, provincial and federal government policy and regulations, as well as the guidance of Regional Medical Officer of Health Directives in relation to COVID-19.
  • These facilities remain closed to the general public
  • Bechtel Park Manulife Soccer and Sports Centre indoor fields remain closed for the 2020 summer season

 Outdoor sports fields – scheduled to open July 2 and July 4 for training only

  • Outdoor natural turf and artificial turf fields – July 2
  • Cricket fields – July 4
  • Due to staff shortages and COVID-19 requirements, portable washrooms will not be available and turf and grooming/lining conditions may not meet typical city standards
  • Permanent washrooms facilities are scheduled to be open during booked times, however access will be reduced to accommodate physical distancing requirements; some toilets and urinals will be closed inside the building. Please plan your visits accordingly. 
  • User groups are advised to contact their organizations for specific COVID-19 requirements which may impact or limit their standard play

 Passive parks

  • The city’s playgrounds remain closed until further notice
  • Permanent park washrooms are scheduled to open July 2 with limited access to accommodate physical distancing requirements; some toilets and urinals will be closed inside the building. Please plan your visits accordingly. 
  • Tennis, pickleball and basketball courts are open for use with required two metre physical distancing. Doubles play and standard basketball do not meet physical distancing requirements unless players are all members of the same household.
  • Community vegetable gardens are open for use within specific guidelines approved by Region of Waterloo Public Health
  • Due to reduced staffing levels this year, park users can expect to see potentially longer times between grass cutting and reduced string trimming

 Waterloo Park West splash pad – scheduled to open late July 

  • The new splash pad at Waterloo Park (off Father David Bauer Drive) is scheduled to open in late July
  • Physical distancing requirements must be met; there will be a limit to the number of users and therefore there may be wait times to enter the facility
  • Further details will be made available prior to the opening 

 Community Adult Recreation Leagues (CARL)

  • These leagues are cancelled for the summer season


Senior services – target date for soft opening with restricted use and reduced capacity - July 13

  • Wing 404 and the Adult Recreation Centre will be open at reduced capacity with entry guidelines in place for City of Waterloo employees and scheduled appointments only for Summer 2020.  
  • City-affiliated organizations and programs not able to adhere to public health guidelines (i.e. physical distancing) and social gathering limits (of 10 or less) are not scheduled to resume at this time.
  • Regular drop-in activities offered at Wing 404 and the Adult Recreation Centre are not scheduled to start at this time.
  • Seniors Services will not be offering in-person programs for Summer 2020. This decision was made based on the current stage of reopening in our province and is in alignment with the reopening of programs across the region. General inquiries for the Adult Recreation Centre can be directed to 519-579-1020 and for the Wing 404, please contact 519-888-6356.
  • Further information will be communicated as we prepare for available programming in the Fall


The City of Waterloo is committed to delivering enjoyable recreation experiences in a safe and responsible manner. We continue to closely monitor updates provided by Waterloo Region Public Health and the Province of Ontario and will alter protocols and practices as necessary.

 

 

Media contact: 

Shelly Reed
Communications consultant
City of Waterloo
shelly.reed@waterloo.ca