What City of Ottawa facilities are slowly reopening during Stage 2 of province’s recovery plan

Not everything will be available as the second phase is implemented in Ontario. Here’s what to expect in Ottawa.

By: Dani-Elle Dubé

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The City of Ottawa is reopening water recreational facilities, all City splash pads, sports fields and ball diamonds as part of the prince phase two of its recover plan.

Residents can use all areas as of June 12, as long as physical distancing measures are still followed.

As of June 13, sports fields and ball diamonds, along with outdoor public courts, will be available to book for groups of 10 people or less.

Bookings, the City says, are for training practice only at this time and will be conditional on groups following the health and safety protocols in place. 

Competitive play and any activity that will likely result in people coming within two metre of each other is not allowed.

Splash pads across the city will start to reopen over the next week.

Slash pads can be used as long as physical distancing is practiced, use hand sanitizer regularly and use an elbow to activate the splash pads instead of hands, when possible. However, some splash pads will stay closed due to maintenance.

The Terry Fox Athletic Facility, specifically, will reopen as of June 18 with limited access to track and field facilities.

The City says access will be granted only to recognized organizations and athletes at the national and provincial level.

Water quality testing at beaches will start on June 27, as will the presence of lifeguards. 

Lifeguards will be on duty from noon to 7 p.m. daily until August 30. 

At this time, the City is working on reopening indoor and outdoor pools and wading pools. Once plans are finalized, more details will become available.

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