Following the release of updated provincial guidelines, The City is developing a plan to open sports fields and outdoor amenities for limited organized use.
Currently, sports fields are open for non-organized, non-contact spontaneous use. However, Alberta Health has issued new guidelines for Organized Outdoor Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation. As a result, a plan is in development to allow some organized use of sports fields.
Permitted use of sports fields will include training, practice and skills development that can follow stage one public health guidance for outdoor recreation. This includes, but is not limited to physical distancing of 2 metres, avoiding shared equipment where possible, gathering limits and enhanced protection controls. All users must review and understand the current provincial guidelines before participating. Games and competitions/leagues will continue to not be permitted at this time, as they present a much higher risk of transmission of COVID-19 (increased contact between participants, higher number of individuals present).
In addition, specific activities within parks will be permitted, including weddings and picnic shelter bookings. These activities must also follow all provincial health orders and guidelines.
“We know physical activity and outdoor leisure are critically important, and we recognize that citizens are anxious to use our outdoor amenities,” said Shelley Gagnon, Recreation, Parks and Culture Manager. “With the release of new provincial guidelines, we are pleased to start welcoming back some organized play to City sports fields.”
In the coming weeks, the booking and permitting processes for City sports fields and park spaces will resume. Groups/individuals with existing bookings will be contacted prior to June 12. Once existing bookings have been confirmed, The City expects to be able to invite new bookings which will be considered later in June.
Not all sport fields or park spaces will be available for booking, due to weather, maintenance and available resources to operate. All permit holders will be required to understand and adhere to new procedures and policies that have been developed to reduce the risk of COVID-19.
For more information, please contact:
Recreation, Parks and Culture Manager
The City of Red Deer