Parks and Recreation - COVID-19 Update

Published on 2 April 2020

Updated May 21, 2020

The Township of South Stormont continues to collaborate and follow the direction of the Eastern Ontario Health Unit to promote social distancing measures and ensure the health and safety of our residents. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the following changes and updates have been made:

Recreation Programming

May 13, 2020 - Due in part to the closure of facilities, the uncertainty of distancing orders surrounding recreation programming, and the amount of time it would take to properly organize these activities, staff is forced to cancel Township minor sport programs for Spring/Summer 2020. Staff is researching all options to offer drop-in activities once it is deemed safe to continue with in-person programming. In the meantime, visit our website to take part in our Virtual Activities.

Recreation Rental Facilities

On April 22, 2020 South Stormont made the decision to extend the closure of public recreation facilities until at least June 30, 2020.

On May 21, 2020 all South Stormont Tennis / Pickleball Court facilities will open, please continue to follow social and physical distancing while using the court. We encourage you to view the  Additional Court Guidelines due to COVID-19 before visiting the court to ensure you have all necessary equipment to participate.  View tennis court locations. 

Park Equipment and Amenities

On April 2, 2020  South Stormont closed all park equipment and amenities. Green spaces remain open. The closure of park equipment, trails and amenities is a necessary step to help reduce the risk of potential transmission of Covid-19. Furthermore, this closure aligns with direction to residents to practice social distance, avoid gathering in public settings, and whenever possible, stay home.

Closed:

  • Playgrounds
  • Sport Fields
  • Benches
  • Tables
  • Gazebos
  • Or publicly shared items/equipment that people touch or promotes gatherings

Open:

  • The South Stormont Recreation Trail is now open, please practice social and physical distancing by maintaining a two-metre distance between yourself and others.
  • Tennis/Pickleball Courts
  • Use open park space at your own risk
    • Stay 6 feet (2 metres) away from other parks users
    • Do not come to the park if you’re sick

The Waterfront Trail (along Highway 2), the Bird Sanctuary Trails, and the Long Sault Parkway are also closed. Please visit the St. Lawrence Parks Commission's website for more details. 

Thank you for your cooperation and helping to stop the spread of Covid-19.

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