The City of Parksville will re-open tennis courts at Springwood Park and the lacrosse box in Parksville Community Park for casual use only starting Friday, May 22.
In keeping with provincial health guidelines, there will be no organized team play, training camps or competitive tournaments permitted at this time.
The city closed the public play areas in mid-March due to COVID-19 pandemic. Staff have been working to safely reopen facilities, using a carefully planned, phased approach following provincial health guidelines.
Residents are encouraged to view the ViaSport BC website for up-to-date information about the various sports sectors.
When using a city facility, review and obey any posted signage instructions prior to starting activities. Practise physical distancing, wash and sanitize hands often and be mindful of others around you.
Users must keep gatherings small with no congregating. When using the sports courts, keep in mind: courts are for casual play only, not organized teams; clearly mark equipment and refrain from touching other people’s items; and do not share racquets, water bottles or any other sports equipment.
As reopening measures become available, the city will post updates on its website, Let’s Talk Parksville and social media channels. When it is safe to do so, the city will reopen amenities as soon as possible.
For now, the following public facilities remain closed: in the Parksville Community Park, the playground, outdoor gym, splash park, sports fields and sand volleyball courts. Foster Park and Shelly Creek Park playgrounds also remain closed.
Meanwhile, city offices remain closed to the public. The city is working towards a June 1 reopening with new ways of offering services which meet provincial guidelines and provide for the safety of staff and visitors.
The city’s off-leash dog park at Springwood Park and the skate park in the Parksville Community Park re-opened on May 15.
— NEWS Staff, submitted