VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Kids will be able to shoot hoops and hop on swings at municipal parks again as they reopen across Metro Vancouver as part of easing pandemic restrictions.
Vancouver is opening up basketball and tennis courts, skate parks, and 166 playgrounds as of Friday, according to the park board.
“Vancouver is an incredibly active city with residents who rely on our outdoor facilities for recreation, fitness, and overall wellbeing,” Vancouver Park Board chair Camil Dumont says in a release.
“We know it has been a challenge for many in our community who have had to forego their usual outdoor recreation activities during COVID-19 and I’m grateful to everyone for their understanding and patience through this process.”
In the Tri-Cities, playgrounds in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody and Anmore will reopen in time for school resuming on Monday.
Most sports courts — including basketball, lacrosse and volleyball — in the Tri-Cities will also reopen the same day, as will outdoor fitness equipment.
The gradual reopening of outdoor amenities in the Tri-Cities began May 9 with dog parks, outdoor tennis courts, skate parks, outdoor table games and park washrooms.
“A collaborative reopening of these facilities makes sense, so that we’re all sending the same message to our communities,” Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart says.
“In the same vein, we’re looking to our residents to cooperate by using these amenities safely and responsibly, and continuing to follow the direction of health officials.”
Update: We will begin reopening more than 320 outdoor recreation amenities across the city tomorrow, including skate parks, synthetic sports fields, basketball and volleyball courts, disc golf, roller hockey, multisport courts, and 166 playgrounds. https://t.co/qQi5ZqrXR2 pic.twitter.com/3u6th0p4fl
— Vancouver Park Board (@ParkBoard) May 28, 2020
In Port Coquitlam, playgrounds, picnic shelters and outdoor fitness equipment in Gates Park and along the Traboulay PoCo Trail will reopen by the weekend.
“As a parent of a young child, I can tell you kids and families in our community are going to be thrilled to use playgrounds again,” adds Port Coquitlam Mayor Brad West.
Port Moody will reopen its outdoor playgrounds, basketball and sport courts on Monday, with the exception of the covered lacrosse box at Westhill Park. Previously reopened facilities include tennis and pickleball courts, skate parks and bike parks.
“A return to life without restrictions depends on how these initial steps play out, so remember to keep two metres away from others,” says Port Moody Mayor Rob Vagramov.
Maple Ridge, Delta and New Westminster will also be taking down yellow tape around such facilities on Monday.
Skate parks and bike parks reopened last week in Delta, while playgrounds at school sites will reopen next week.