City is opening some outdoor facilities

The City of Red Deer is opening some outdoor recreation amenities following the release of the provincial government’s relaunch strategy.

A long-term, phased approach to opening additional outdoor and indoor amenities is underway, the city said Friday evening.

“We know Red Deerians are anxious to resume their daily lives, including the use of outdoor and indoor recreation in our community,” said Mayor Tara Veer.

“We have developed a local phased approach that is in line with the provincial government’s strategy, and ensures we remain unwavering in our diligence and vigilance to preventing the spread of COVID-19 in our community.”

The following amenities will open in coming days:

l Skate parks and disc golf opened Friday.

l Neighbourhood asphalt pads (tennis, basketball, neighbourhood pickleball) will open in phases starting May 15. They will be available for spontaneous, non-contact, unorganized sport only.

l Community sport fields remain open for spontaneous use. Sport fields remain closed for organized use and bookings.

l The track near Lindsay Thurber High School remains open for spontaneous use.

l Great Chief Park (including Setters Place) and Edgar Athletic Park remain closed, with the exception of the pitch ‘n’ putt at Great Chief Park, which is open for use.

The city is working with community groups that operate some city amenities to reopen in the near future, including Red Deer Tennis Club, Red Deer Pickleball Club, Red Deer Remote Car Club and Red Deer BMX Club.

The ability to keep facilities open will depend on the public’s compliance with provincial public health orders, says the city.

Users are reminded to maintain a physical distance of two metres between participants (unless from the same household). Only non-contact, unorganized sport is permitted and participation is restricted to 15 people or less.

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