Parks and Recreation Update - June 24, 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 and staff.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the following changes and updates were made on June 24,  2020. Also, please visit the Township's Parks and Recreation Re-Opening page for more details on what is open and closed during this time. 

 

Splash Pad and Outdoor Washroom Facilities

Hours of Operation: Open Daily 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

Arnold Bethune Memorial Park (75 Simcoe St. Long Sault)
Ingleside Community Park (60 Farran Dr. Ingleside)

Rules
  1. Only 10 people are allowed on the splash pad at a time.
  2. Complete the self assessment before entering the splash pad area.
  3. Please stay home if you are feeling ill.
  4. You must follow current physical distancing rules outlined by Public Health.
  5. Do not touch the activation button, the attendant will activate the splash pad.
  6. Each cycle will be 4 minutes long, once the water shuts off you must leave the splash pad area if other users are waiting. You may line up again to use the splash pad, there is no limit to the amount of turns you may have. 
  7. Sanitize your hands before and after using the splash pad.
  8. In the event of inclement weather, the splash pad will be closed. 
  9. If users are unable to follow rules, they will be asked to leave.
  10. Please follow all other posted rules for splash pads listed on the washroom building.
Self Assessment 

Before entering the splash pad area you will need to complete the following self assessment. If your response is YES to any of these questions, please refrain from visiting the splash pad facility. If you are under the age of 12 please ask a parent or guardian to help you with the questions below.

Do you have any of the following symptoms?

  • Fever/feverish?
  • New or existing cough?
  • Difficulty breathing?
  • Fatigue?
  • Muscle or body aches?
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Have you traveled internationally within the last 14 days? (outside Canada)
  • Have you had close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case.

 

St. Andrews West Outdoor Pool - Closed for 2020 Season

On June 12, 2020 the Province of Ontario lifted restrictions regarding pool and splash pad facilities which permitted them to open. Since then, Guidelines have been released by the Ontario Recreation Facilities Association (ORFA), the National Lifesaving Society and The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU). Staff had been working with these agencies to determine the best practices in order to open these facilities while ensuring the continued health and safety of our residents and staff, as well as keeping  budget and resources in mind.  

In order to operate the St. Andrews West outdoor pool this season, multiple measures would need to be put in place to ensure the health and safety of staff and users. Physical distancing measures that include limiting the number of users in the pool at a time to approximately 20 people and offering limited lessons or private lessons only.  Lesson levels would be limited to approximately level 5 and greater. Lifeguards would require additional covid-19 lifeguard training as well as additional training for pandemic operations. Additional cleaning measures would be required in the pool, on the pool deck, and the washroom facility. Change rooms would be closed due to the current Provincial order. Additional testing and chemicals may also be required. These are some of the implementations that would need to occur, there would also be the risk of the Province of Ontario closing these types of facilities should an there be another wave of COVID-19.   There is a budget concern as this implementation results in a lack of revenue sources due to the limited amount of programming, the younger swimming lesson programs that are not permitted are typically the township's highest revenue source and most popular program.  There is also a lack of staff resources, additional staff time would be needed in order to meet these guidelines and many of the hired seasonal staff has been relocated to monitor the splash pad facilities. 

Based on the guidelines released by the ORFA, the National Lifesaving Society, and the EOHU as well as budget concerns and lack of staff resources it has been determined that the operation of the St. Andrews West Pool is not feasible for the 2020 season and therefore will not be operating this summer.