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Posted on: March 13, 2020

COVID-19 | Parks, Recreation & Culture Updates

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The following info pertains specifically to COVID-19 updates from Parks, Recreation & Culture (PRC) to help streamline this department’s info for citizens. The official City of Maple Ridge COVID-19 information landing page is available here. 

Effective Friday, March 20, City Hall, Bylaws and the Operations Centre were closed to the public. Staff are still at work to ensure City operations run smoothly, we’re just doing business a bit differently. Whenever possible, please use our eServices available here.

Park Amenities & Recreation Facilities

Maple Ridge has reopened select park amenities with new physical distancing rules following the recommendations of the BC Restart Plan. City park sites and trails remain open at this time so people can get fresh air, however citizens are reminded to follow the guidelines to distance from other family units. We ALL need to do our part to stop the spread COVID-19.

Parks, Recreation & Culture staff will continue to monitor and implement recommendations outlined by the BC Centre for Disease Control and will communicate with the public if further cancellations and/or closures are required.

In All Cases:
  • Continue to physically distance
  • Do not share or touch another person’s equipment
  • Share the space/amenities - Limit your time to 30 minutes when others are waiting
  • Refrain from spectator gatherings - do not congregate and maintain a 6’ distance while waiting
  • Continue to wash your hands regularly (before and after play)
  • Refrain from touching your face
Playgrounds:
Playgrounds will open June 1. Please do not use playgrounds until this date to allow Parks staff to complete safety checks of each site. 

Skate Parks, Disc Golf, Running Tracks, Tennis Courts, Pickleball Courts, Sports Fields (Synthetic & Grass), Bike Skills, & Lacrosse Boxes:
These amenities are now open for informal/casual use. This means we are not accepting bookings for organized practices or games at this time. Sport organizers are to continue to hold off on arranging their usual activities until further notice.

Washrooms:
Portable washrooms are being reintroduced in parks and permanent public washroom facilities are reopening with enhanced cleaning protocols. Please take appropriate precautions when using these amenities – you may want to consider bringing your own hand sanitizer.

Park Amenities and Recreation Facilities that remain closed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 transmission:
  • Playgrounds (reopening June 1)
  • Basketball Courts
  • Hammond Outdoor Pool
  • Maple Ridge Leisure Centre
  • Greg Moore Youth Centre
Hammond Outdoor Pool
The City of Maple Ridge stands united with Dr. Bonnie Henry, BC’s Public Health Officer, to stop the spread of COVID-19. The City has closed a number of facilities to limit the size of gatherings and ensure that we can all practice social distancing. Consistent with the COVID-19 response, the Hammond Outdoor Pool opening has been delayed until June 28th 2020. City staff will continue to monitor and implement orders from the Province and will communicate with the public if a further delay is required. Thank you for your understanding and doing your part to flatten the curve of transmission of COVID-19 in our community.


Facility Rentals
All facility rentals have been canceled until June 30th, 2020 to protect the community and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Refunds will be provided for rentals affected by the closure(s). In order for us to assist you as effectively as possible, we encourage citizens to contact us via email during the following hours.

Facility Rentals:
Monday – Friday | 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
facilitybookings@mapleridge.ca

Programs
All Parks, Recreation & Culture programs that have been previously scheduled at the Maple Ridge Leisure Centre or satellite facilities have been cancelled until June 30th, 2020. Any changes to these programs will be communicated to the program participants. Programs that start at the end of May and beginning of June will remain as is until further information is provided by the Provincial Health Officer on the status of reopening public facilities.

Recreation program cancellations include all City programs at satellite locations, not just those located at our closed facilities (ex: programs located at Whonnock Lake are also cancelled). Refunds for affected programs will be provided as soon as possible.

Festivals & Events
All festivals and special events of more than 50 people on municipal property in Maple Ridge are cancelled up to August 31st, 2020 or until further notice from the Provincial Health Officer. Staff are reaching out to individuals and organizations who have booked facilities to provide refunds.

We understand this is a difficult time for all and that these closures and cancellations may impact you, your family and/or your organization. We appreciate your understanding during this unprecedented time and are committed to providing you with updates and support where possible.

2020 Maple Ridge BC Summer Games Update
To reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of British Columbians, the 2020 BC Summer Games that were scheduled for July 23-26 in Maple Ridge have been cancelled. The BC Games are held every two years. Greater Vernon will host the 2022 BC Winter Games and the 2022 BC Summer Games will be in Prince George. The City of Maple Ridge was given the opportunity to host the 2024 Summer Games and on March 24 council unanimously voted in favour of hosting. You can find a link to the BC Government media release here.


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