Outdoor Recreation Amenities Reopening
The City of St. Albert appreciates Premier Kenney sharing details of the Province’s COVID-19 relaunch plan. The City is currently developing its own municipal Recovery Plan and will ensure it is aligned with the provincial plan. Until the municipal plan has been developed, the City will consider what amenities might be safely opened in the interim.
To continue to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus, City Administration plans to reopen outdoor recreation amenities using a staged approach starting May 8. Amenities are available for spontaneous (non-scheduled) use only. Group bookings, scheduled activities or organized sports groups are prohibited from using outdoor amenities at this time.
What is the City opening?
Effective Saturday, May 30 At Noon
The public washrooms in Lions, Kingswood and Lacombe Lake Parks will be re-opened. These washrooms will be open from 12 to 8 p.m. and will be cleaned twice daily; however, residents are asked to follow all physical distancing and hand hygiene requirements.
Effective Friday, May 22 at 4 P.m.
All remaining City tennis and pickleball courts will re-open for public use.
These courts join the other City tennis and pickleball courts at Larose and Willoughby that were re-opened for public use on May 16.
Public Health Orders remain in effect and we remind the community to maintain physical distancing and proper hygiene before, during and after using these amenities. Courts will be available for spontaneous, non-contact, unorganized sport only. No washroom facilities will be open for public use. Please follow all safety signage when using the facility.
Effective Wednesday, May 20, 2020
The Government of Alberta has updated its guidelines for outdoor amenities making it feasible for St. Albert to re-open play structures and outdoor fitness equipment.
On May 19, St. Albert City Council approved re-opening outdoor amenities such as play structures. Prior to any re-opening, Canadian Standards Association inspections and maintenance work will be completed to ensure the safety of users.
- Play structures at Lions Park and Rotary Park will be opened on May 20, 2020 as of 10 a.m.
- After inspections and preparations are successfully completed, an additional 37 play structures will be re-opened for public use on May 23, 2020 at 8 a.m. Please note: some playgrounds have multiple play structures.
- The remainder of the structures will re-open by June 6, 2020.
Play structures will be re-opened at City park sites first, followed by community park sites, neighbourhood park sites and outdoor fitness equipment.
Use is discouraged as outdoor amenities will not be sanitized. Do not use equipment that is still marked closed.
Effective Saturday, May 16 at 8 a.m.
Larose and Willoughby tennis and pickleball courts will re-open for public use. Public Health Orders remain in effect and we remind the community to maintain physical distancing and proper hygiene before, during and after using these amenities. Courts will be available for spontaneous, non-contact, unorganized sport only. No washroom facilities will be open for public use. Please follow all safety signage when using the facility.
- At Larose, two tennis courts and a selection of four pickleball courts will be opened for use.
- At Willoughby, all four tennis courts will be opened for use.
- The City has 12 tennis courts in total and currently six courts open as of Saturday, May 16.
- The City has 18 pickleball courts in total and currently four courts are open as of Saturday, May 16.
We anticipate the remainder of the community courts to open by Saturday, May 23.
Effective Friday, May 8 at 8 a.m.
The City’s Emergency Advisory Committee (EAC) decided to reopen the following amenities for public use:
- BLESS Platform
- BLESS Gazebo
- Municipal gazebos throughout St. Albert
- Municipal picnic shelters throughout St. Albert
These amenities will provide residents with additional outdoor recreational opportunities as the weather improves.
- The existing restrictions on mass gatherings and requirements for physical distancing are still in place and must be followed by anyone using these amenities.
- Residents are asked to practice good hygiene when using the amenities (e.g., avoid touching their face, etc.).
- Residents are encouraged to thoroughly wash their hands before and after using the amenities.
- Residents have been doing a good job following the public health orders, which has helped our community to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
- It has been possible to reopen these amenities because of the decreasing numbers of COVID-19 cases in the region.
Last edited: May 28, 2020