Physical distancing requirements and renovations at Masich Place Stadium have kept the facility closed in 2020, but council has authorized that public access to the track can resume before construction is complete. Starting at 6 a.m. on July 15, the track will be available for public walking from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days per week, except when the facility is booked by a user group.
Access to the stadium will be from the Massey entrance. Residents using the facility are reminded to avoid any construction zones at the stadium and maintain a two-metre distance between themselves and others. Renovations are expected to be complete by the end of the summer.
“Council and staff are working to reopen as many facilities as we responsibly can, while still trying to keep all of us safe during the global pandemic. We realize members of the community are extremely eager to return doing the activities they enjoy,” said Mayor Lyn Hall. “This is a difficult time and council is extremely grateful for the patience and understanding of residents as we navigate these uncharted waters.”
The city is also working with local sport organizations to have them return to play on city fields and ball diamonds. Groups are currently working to align their own return to play plans with the safety plan for the city, which is posted on the city’s COVID-19 web page.
Meanwhile, parks, trails, playgrounds, hard-surface courts, dog parks, bike/skate parks, and general-use fields and ball diamonds are available for the recreation and enjoyment of residents. Users are reminded to practice physical distancing while visiting these areas. In addition, due to ongoing public health restrictions related to events and the size of public gatherings, the city is not accepting bookings from the public for parks or park facilities in 2020. This includes the Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park pavilion and bandshell, the Rainbow and Paddlewheel Park gazebos, and Connaught Hill. Residents interested in using these facilities for small gatherings can do so on a first-come, first-served basis.