City of Castlegar outdoor courts are reopening. Submitted photo

City of Castlegar tennis and volleyball courts reopening

Kinnaird ball fields also reopening

Some of the City of Castlegar’s outdoor recreation facilities are reopening for casual game play in conjunction with the second phase of British Columbia’s Restart Plan.

Tennis and pickleball courts and the dog parks at Millennium Park and Ponds reopened Friday, May 22.

On Monday, May 25, the volleyball courts at Millennium Park and the tennis courts at the Castlegar & District Recreation Complex and the ball facilities at Kinnaird Park,the Kinnaird Middle School Field, and the Castlegar & District Recreation Complex Field will all reopen.

“Our outdoor recreation spaces are such an important part of this great community,” said Mayor Bruno Tassone. “I’m happy we’ve reached a point where we can re-open these facilities and I’m confident the community will use them in a safe manner so they can remain open.”

The city’s playgrounds will remain closed for the time being. The city says it is seeking guidance from the BC Recreation & Parks Association to determine when and how they can be re-opened safely.

Public washrooms at the city’s recreation facilities will reopen within the next couple of weeks. Social distancing protocols will be in place and cleaning will be done based on the B.C. Ministry of Health’s guidelines.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay has also announced that the Castlegar Skate Park will reopen on May 27.

READ MORE: Castlegar busineesses allowed to expand to outdoor spaces

With the re-opening of some outdoor recreation facilities, the City of Castelgar is asking everyone to continue to follow provincial health guidelines, including:

• limit use of recreation facilities at busy times and do not create crowds

• stay home if you’re feeling unwell

• practice physical distancing by keeping at least two metres apart

• wash your hands thoroughly – consider bringing hand sanitizer with you

• avoid touching your face

• cough or sneeze into your elbow or tissue

• consider wearing a non-medical mask

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