The following is an update on municipal services with respect to Parks & Recreation:
Parks, sports fields and courts
- Group gathering public health restrictions outside of your group of 10 still apply to all sport fields, sport courts, ball diamonds and playgrounds. Physical distancing should continue to be maintained, and residents are reminded to follow all public health directives.
- The municipality has opened grass sport fields for bookings consistent with our standard schedule and will also commence bookings of all-weather fields. All field users will need to follow their sport-specific ‘Return to Play’ activity plan which meets provincial health regulations in order to book a field. The standard municipal booking process will be followed and questions can be directed to email@example.com
- Public washrooms in parks are now open. All washrooms receive daily cleaning.
Public washrooms and first aid at the Emera Oval pavilion are now opened. The facility will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Friday, and noon to 9 p.m. on weekends. Rentals will not be available until further notice; however residents are welcome to use the Emera Oval for cycling and rollerblading with their own equipment.
Staff have reviewed the details of the new guidelines from the province and have established a plan for reopening indoor pools that meets all public health requirements.
The below indoor pools will reopen as follows:
- Sackville Sports Stadium – Monday, July 27
- Captain William Spry Community Centre – Saturday, August 8
- Needham Community Centre – Tuesday, September 8
The indoor pools will open for lane swims and aquafit classes only. It will not be possible to offer open swims at this time. To ensure all restrictions on group gathering sizes and physical distancing are maintained, all activities in the pool will be booked online. More details will be provided closer to the opening dates. The municipality will continue to explore options for further recreation opportunities as restrictions are eased by the province.
Municipal partner recreation facilities (i.e. Canada Games Centre, Cole Harbour Place, Zatzman Sportsplex, etc.) have started the first phase of reopening. Please contact each facility directly for information about pool re-opening dates and protocols.
Due to the time required to recruit and train lifeguards, the maintenance required to open pools and the restrictions of social distancing which drastically reduces the number of swimmers allowed in the pool at once, the Halifax Common, Bedford and Cole Harbour outdoor pools will not be opening for the 2020 season.
Splashpads, Beaches and Water Testing
The following splashpads are now open:
- Halifax Common
- George Dixon Centre
- Isleville Street
- Sackville (Kinsman)
Due to construction in the area, the Bayers-Westwood splashpad is anticipated to open in mid-July.
All municipal beaches are open and lifeguards will be onsite beginning today, July 6 to August 31. Malay Falls beach is open, but will be unsupervised for the summer.
Municipal staff regularly test the water quality for bacteria levels at all supervised municipal beaches, as well as one unsupervised beach, during the summer months—this year from July 6 to Aug. 31. To view the status of beach closures due to high bacteria levels, click here.
More information and updates on beaches, pools and splashpads can be found on halifax.ca/summeraquatics
Fitness Centres at the following municipal facilities will open on Monday, July 6, 2020:
- Captain William Spry Community Centre
- Sackville Sports Stadium
- Musquodobit Harbour Recreation Centre
These locations were approved to open as they are the largest municipally-operated fitness facilities. All other fitness centres will remain closed until further notice, and staff will share reopening plans with the public once they are confirmed.
To keep patrons and staff safe, and to optimize access for as many patrons as possible, access to the fitness centre or attendance to a fitness class will be available by appointment only. Appointments may be booked over the phone or online through halifax.ca/myREC
Clients who had an active membership in March (and did not cancel their membership) will be able to pre-select their appointment times up to seven days in advance. Clients who did not have an active membership will be able to pre-book their appointments up to three days in advance. Access times vary dependent on location and activity. Please visit halifax.ca/myREC or contact the centres directly for more details.
More details regarding each facility and their respective access will be distributed via email to members with an email address on file.
Recreation programming, recreation centres and summer camps
- Staff are in consultation with public health on the possibility of offering modified summer programming and day camps. Updates will be communicated as decisions are confirmed.
- At this time, recreation staff are sharing virtual activities on our Facebook page and are looking to expand on virtual offerings.
Provincial public health measures must be followed on all municipal properties. Residents are reminded that police are still authorized to issue tickets for violations under the Emergency Management Act and Health Protection Act. Parks are open for walking and exercise only. Organized sports and gatherings in violation of public health restrictions are not permitted.
Residents are asked to stay within their own communities when visiting parks and greenspaces, and to continue practicing physical distancing.
All municipal playgrounds are now open.
The 2020 Volunteer Awards are postponed until further notice.
- The Youth Live Enviro Depot at 947 Mitchell Street is closed until further notice.
- Natal Day celebrations and the Clam Harbour Beach Sandcastle Competition are both cancelled for 2020.