Mayor Lordon Update on Parks and Rec Facilities – June 19, 2020
Mayor Adam Lordon shared on his Facebook page, an update on the opening of City of Miramichi’s Parks and Recreation facilities.
As you know, City staff have been working hard on plans to determine what recreation faculties and parks can be open safely this summer, and how best to do that.
Many of those plans have now been finalized and shared with Council, and I am pleased to share them with the public.
Please note, while we are sharing the plans today it will take a couple of weeks to prepare the signage, procure the cleaning equipment, and roll everything out so we will appreciate the public’s patience and support as we open things up. The target date is for most of the re-openings to be complete is July 6.
All playgrounds in the city will be re-opened for public use. As in most other communities, most of the playgrounds will not be sanitized, will have signage and be “use at own risk”.
Some select playgrounds in central locations (Ritchie Wharf, French Fort Cove, Waterford Green, Hill St, and Benson Park) will be sanitized once a day and provide hand sanitizing stations.
Public Eating Areas / Gathering Hubs:
The city will be creating two public eating areas, one in Ritchie Wharf, one at Waterford Green, where the public can bring food and enjoy socially distanced outdoor dining. These park areas will have city crews on site daily and eating areas will be cleaned by crews after each use.
The bathrooms at Ritchie Wharf (and at Station Wharf when construction is complete) will also be open to the public. The splash pad will also be open at Ritchie wharf and will have recreation staff supervising to ensure physical distancing. Signage will also be posted at these parks and all public health measures followed.
Benches will be places back in all other parks along with signage, however will not be sanitized and use at your own risk.
Several baseball fields (Memorial Field, Gretna Green Fields, MVHS Softball field) will be open in cooperation with baseball and softball user groups and all public health and association measures will be followed. All other baseball fields will be maintained and mowed and considered open for passive public use at own risk. So you are welcome to use city fields to throw around a ball or Frisbee or have a pick-up game with friends and family.
Staff are working with external groups who use or operate city parks and facilities. Beaubear’s Island and Middle Island will be open for the summer as per the plans of those groups.
We are working with the Newcastle Farmer’s Market to allow them to reopen at the Linden Rec Centre but no opening date has been set.
Local gymnastics programming is set to resume at the Golden Hawk as per the association and the Skate Park will also be re-opened.
Tennis Courts are open and all trails are open.
The City is hoping to open its two outdoor pools this summer. The municipality is currently reviewing proper disinfection levels, our ability to meet them, and to provide adequate staffing
Alternative Recreation Programming:
Recreation staff will provide details of several new / alternative recreation programming at our Regular Public Council meeting next Thursday June 25. These programs will include a library type system where families will be able to sign-out a bundle of recreation equipment to use at home, as well as some drive in movie nights. Full details to come next week!