City playgrounds, pools, splash pads set to reopen

Germain Park playground - July 29, 2020 ( photo by Josh Boyce)

Sarnia city staff have been busy over the past few weeks preparing playgrounds, pools and splash pads for reopening on Saturday, August 1.

Inspections and surface cleaning are being done at 68 parks across the city that have playground equipment.

Manager of Recreation and Planning Ryan Chamney said they’re for use at your own risk.

“Signage will be put in place to remind the public to practice social distancing, sanitize frequently, and stay at home if you’re sick. Staff will continue to monitor the site, that’s essentially what our role will be right now. There are no plans to sanitize the playgrounds.”

The Cox Youth Centre pool & Splash Pad will be open to the public from Saturday until August 30th, but rentals are not being accepted.

Residents are being asked to shower and change before arriving as change rooms will remain closed. The pool capacity is being limited to 75 people, and there will be a 30 minute window in between sessions to allow for cleaning.

Municipal washrooms at many parks are also open, and Lifeguards will be stationed at Canatara Park beach as of Saturday. Chamney said sport field permits can also be issued for organized sports.

In the meantime, arenas are set to open as approved by Council on the following dates:

Progressive Rink # 2 – August 4, 2020

Progressive Rink # 1 – September 14, 2020

Clearwater Arena – September 14, 2020

Sarnia Arena – September 21, 2020