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COVID-19: City leisure, recreation & sport facilities set to open in the coming weeks

For immediate release: June 17, 2020 - 1:39pm
FR20-1334
With the recent announcement of the Phase Four, Part I opening date from the Government of Saskatchewan, the City is responding quickly to open many leisure, recreation and sport facilities, with a focus on some of Saskatoon’s favourite summertime destinations. Phase Four will occur in two stages: stage one begins on June 22 and includes outdoor-type leisure and recreation facilities; the date for the second stage is yet to be announced and will include indoor-type leisure facilities.  
 
“The City is pleased the provincial government has now announced an opening date for the first part of Phase Four of the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan.  Many of us are eager to get out to the ball diamond, the pool and spray park as soon as possible, but that will take a little extra time,” says Community Services General Manager Lynne Lacroix. 
 
With the dates for opening now known, the City is finally able to begin the process of contacting our staff for availability to get these amenities up and safely running.  Many of the staff required at these facilities were laid-off in early March, and the typical summer seasonal hiring did not take place for the Summer Play Program.  
 
“Having these facilities open will be a welcome addition to the vast array of outdoor amenities already open and available for use,” Lacroix says. 
 
Lacroix adds that includes: the City’s 250 play structures, 38 tennis courts, 18 pickleball courts, 11 dog parks, three golf courses, multiple skateboard sites, disc golf and more.  
 
“Of course, this is all available in more than 2100 hectares of municipal park and open spaces.”
 
As directed by City Council at its special meeting held on June 11, the following leisure, recreation and sport facilities will re-open in the coming weeks in full compliance with the guidelines and restrictions as required by the Chief Medical Health Officer and regulated under the Government of Saskatchewan’s Re-open Saskatchewan plan.
 
There are a number of safety measures and supplies that need to be in place for these facilities to safely open for our staff and residents, including signage and protocols regarding the necessary precautions that will be required when visiting.
 
The City has identified a target opening date for each location,” Lacroix explains.  “The target allows for flexibility within a set date range should there be delays for any reason. If there is a delay at one facility, the City may adjust the opening dates of the remaining facilities. There is a lot of work that has to be done to bring staff back on, train them in the new safety protocols tied to the public health orders and to make sure everyone stays healthy and safe – workers and patrons alike.”
 
Spray Pads – targeting opening for June 26
 
Sports Fields – Play can resume on the City’s 150 free-of-charge sports fields on June 22. Parks Division is busy undertaking the necessary preparations so that City rentals can resume on July 1.  This includes organized sports and activities taking place on multipurpose fields and ball diamonds. Full contact sports will not be permitted at this time under the provincial guidelines
 
Outdoor Pools 
  • Riversdale & George Ward Pools – targeting opening for the first week of July, dates and hours will be announced on saskatoon.ca/outdoorpools
  • Lathey & Mayfair Pools - TBD
Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo – targeting opening for the first week of July, dates and hours will be announced on saskatoon.ca/zoo
 
Play Program & Paddling Pools (28 Locations) – targeting opening for approximately mid-July at the latest
 
Leisure Centres 
  • Lakewood Civic Centre – pending announcement of Phase 4.2
  • Shaw Centre – pending announcement of Phase 4.2
  • Remaining Leisure Centres - TBD
Visit saskatoon.ca/reopensaskatoon for details as they become available.