Continuing with a phased approach, the Town of Georgina is reopening more outdoor amenities for public use. Effective June 19, splash pads, skateboard parks and the ROC beach volleyball courts will reopen. Some beaches and waterfront parks will reopen on July 1.
“York Region is moving to Stage 2 of the province’s reopening plan. This is good news as we look to get our local businesses back on track and reignite Georgina as a thriving community,” said Mayor Margaret Quirk. “This means the Town is reopening more public amenities, however, we are moving forward cautiously with a staggered approach to ensure we are making the right decisions for our community. The Town continues to take the necessary preparations adhering to new health and safety procedures and protocols. We all have a role to play, and we can only open amenities if everyone continues to follow and adhere to the advice of public health officials.”
The following amenities are reopening –
- June 19 – Skateboard parks, splash pads (ROC, Whipper Watson and Const. Garrett Styles Park)
- ROC beach volleyball courts. Volleyball courts at De La Salle will remain closed.
- Artificial turf field at the ROC
- June 22 – ROC baseball diamond #1 – permits available
- June 29 – All ROC baseball diamonds – permits available
- June 29 – ROC soccer fields – permits available
- July 1 – Some beaches and waterfront parks. These are De La Salle, Willow Beach and Holmes Point.
With the reopening of some Town waterfront parks and beaches, health and safety protocols will be put in place to help control public access.
“The decision to open some waterfront parks has not been taken lightly, just as the decision to close them in March was not. We have heard from many who support the opening as well as from those who would like them to remain closed,” said Mayor Margaret Quirk. “The EOC has reviewed this daily, and we know there is no solution that will make everybody happy. The health and safety of our residents, staff and visitors remains our top priority.”
The opening of other parks and amenities will be announced at a later date as the Town continues its phased approach. Further details, including permitted park/beach use, parking and new controlled public access measures, will be announced prior to reopening. As parking lots will reopen, residents are reminded to obtain their 2020 resident parking pass which is now available online at georgina.ca/ParkingPass. In the interim, the Town will continue to accept 2019 resident parking passes.
As these additional amenities reopen, residents are reminded to maintain physical distancing of at least two metres, not have gatherings of more than 10 people, stay home if not feeling well and to use amenities at your own risk. Failure to follow health and safety guidelines could result in closures.
For the latest information and updates on municipal operations, cancellations and closures, visit georgina.ca/COVID-19.