Tecumseh implements playground restrictions

The Town of Tecumseh has officially opened its new playground at Lacasse Park. July 19, 2018. (Photo by Paul Pedro)

The Town of Tecumseh has taken an additional step to encourage social distancing in public places.

Effective immediately, the town is closing all playground equipment, tennis and pickleball courts, the leash-free dog park, and the skate park behind Tecumseh Town Hall. Signs are being posted at each location as part of the effort to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.

Mayor Gary McNamara said he understands the disappointment some families will feel, but that the move is needed to keep residents healthy and safe.

“Nothing makes me more unhappy than having to take such extreme measures as the closing of these outdoor facilities and playground equipment, especially at a time when schools and daycares are closed,” said McNamara. “But it’s necessary, and we can do this, every individual action counts. Stay home, spend time in your backyards, go for walks but avoid touching surfaces and being in groups of people.”

Locks will be placed on the dog park, as well as the pickleball and tennis courts. The climbing wall at Lakewood Park and the skate park have been fenced off. Swings on each of the playgrounds are being taken out of service. Playground equipment is sealed off with caution tape. All outdoor washrooms will remain closed until further notice.

The work was expected to be completed by midnight Tuesday.

All town-operated buildings are closed to the public until further notice, including Town Hall, the fire station, and the public works and recreation offices. Essential employees are still working there, however, with service offered by dropbox, phone and email.