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North Cowichan Parks Re-Opening
June 2, 2020
(North Cowichan, BC) – Following guidelines released by the BC Recreation and Parks Association and Worksafe BC, beginning June 1, North Cowichan’s Municipal Parks will gradually re-open in collaboration with the Cowichan Valley Regional District, other member municipalities, and School District 79. This includes playgrounds, public washrooms, seasonal portables, and skate parks. Our dog parks, sports courts and fields, and tennis/pickleball courts are already open.
To ensure our parks can be used and enjoyed safely after opening, we will be implementing a Park Ambassador Pilot Program later this month. This new program, staffed by our recreation employees, will have ambassadors visible at North Cowichan’s busiest parks, beaches and municipally sanctioned trails. Park Ambassadors will engage with members of the public to make them aware of physical distancing requirements and other recommended measures for safe use our well-loved parks, beaches, and trails.
While physical distancing is still strongly recommended, there is no expectation or requirement that young children be able to maintain proper physical distancing when using playgrounds. There is also no requirement for cleaning of playground structures. Patrons should exercise caution and frequent hand hygiene. If parents feel playground structures pose too great a risk to the health and safety of their children, it is recommended they abstain from using of them.
“I am pleased to have a coordinated approach to re-opening parks across the Cowichan Valley,” said Mayor Al Siebring. “The launch of the Park Ambassador program will help ensure this re-opening happens safely. Where it is possible to do so, our recreation staff will be able to demonstrate proper physical distancing to patrons, and help address any issues or unsafe behaviours at our parks, beaches and trails. I would like to emphasize that playground facilities will not be undergoing extra cleaning and users should continue exercise caution and good judgement when visiting these facilities.”
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Al Siebring, Mayor
Municipality of North Cowichan