It’s time to play again, Port Colborne opens playgrounds

Photo by Melanie Moore Small

The City of Port Colborne has begun reopening the playgrounds around the city Friday, July 24/2020, part of Stage 3 of the Province’s reopening framework.

According to a City of Port Colborne press release, the playgrounds at H.H. Knoll Lakeview Park, Centennial Park/Cedar Bay Beach and Lock 8 Gateway Park would be opened by the end of the day Friday.

“The reopening will take time as staff needs to remove fencing, complete inspection reports for each playground, perform an initial clean, and post COVID-19 precautionary signage, including health and safety guidelines for play,” the press release said.

“We’re very excited to be able to reopen another recreational amenity for our residents,” said Ashley Grigg, director, community and economic development in the press release. “We also know our residents are excited. If you see a playground open in your neighbourhood that’s the green light to begin PORTicipating again; however, if the playground in your neighbourhood is still barricaded we’re asking that you use an already opened playground until we complete our reopening protocols to ensure they are safe for everyone.”

Besides the playgrounds, other recreational amenities already open in Port Colborne include the public boat launch ramp, beaches, Algoport Skate and BMX Park at Lock 8 Gateway Park and the Discovery Spray Pad at H.H. Knoll Lakeview Park.

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