Town of Golden to open more outdoor spaces for the May long weekend Print Article Font Size
In alignment with BC’s Restart Plan, Golden’s Town Council has given the go-ahead for staff to authorize the re-opening of select outdoor parks and recreation spaces before the May long weekend. On Friday, May 15, the tennis courts, disc golf course and the Golden Freeride Park will be open to the public. Trails and pathways, the pump track, sports fields and outdoor park spaces remain open.
 
Playground equipment, the outdoor gym and the spray park will remain closed to reduce the potential for COVID-19 transmission.
 
The Town of Golden must meet the requirements of the Provincial Health Officer for maintaining public health during the COVID-19 pandemic and throughout each phase of BC’s Restart Plan. In order to provide safe recreation opportunities for the Golden community, the Town has developed guidelines in accordance with provincial health orders and recommendations that must be followed at all Town of Golden parks and recreation areas. These guidelines will be posted at each location, which will be subject to closure if guidelines are not adhered to.
 
“There will be lots of recreation activities to take part in while staying close to home, and safe, this May long weekend in Golden,” said Manager of Recreation Services, Jordan Petrovics. “But it’s important that we all do our part and follow the guidelines to make sure we not only keep recreation spaces open and available, but we keep our community safe and healthy.”
 
General guidelines for all parks and recreation areas:
  • Practice physical distancing by staying 2 metres (6 feet) apart from others outside of your household.
  • Avoid group gatherings. If the park is busy, leave, and come back later.
  • Stay home if you’re sick or showing any symptoms.
  • Limit touching benches, trash cans or other hard surfaces.
  • Skip the high-fives, handshakes and fist bumps and find alternate ways to celebrate without contact.
  • Play safe! Avoid taking unnecessary risk to minimize potential injuries.
  • Please do not participate in any organized team games or activities.
 
Guidelines for the tennis courts:
  • Limit play to singles tennis, only play doubles with partners from the same household.  
  • Do not share racquets or other equipment.
  • Clearly mark your ball and refrain from picking up others’ tennis or pickleballs.
  • Wash your hands before and after using the tennis courts.
  • Remain courteous and limit play time to 1 hour when others are waiting.
  • Limit of 12 people within the fenced boundary at any given point in time
 
Guidelines for the Golden Freeride Park (skate park):
  • Rotate off of the concrete if you are not skating/riding.
  • Keep your distance. Leave at least 2 metres of space between skaters/riders at all times.
  • Take breaks off of the concrete, don’t hang out at the top of the park surface.
  • Limit of 6 skaters/riders at the park at all times.
  • Keep your hands as clean as possible. Avoid tricks that require touching the concrete.
  • Share the park. If people are waiting, rotate out with others every 15 minutes.
  • Skate/ride safe. Avoid taking risks to minimize potential injuries.
 
Guidelines for the pump track
  • Rotate off of the track when you are not riding.
  • Keep your distance. Leave at least 2 metres of space between riders at all times.
  • Take breaks in the green space off the track.
  • Limit of 6 riders on the track at a time.
  • Share the track. If people are waiting, rotate out with others every 15 minutes
 
Guidelines for the Golden Disc Golf Course:
  • Bring your own equipment, do not share or handle the same disc as other participants.
  • Keep your distance. Always maintain at least 2 metres of space between you and people outside of your household and don’t encroach on players ahead of you.
  • Play solo or with members of your household as much as possible.
  • Limit your group size to two people per hole
  • Consider picking up “gimme” putts to minimize your contact with shared surfaces.

“A lot of us live in Golden because of the amazing outdoor activities and amenities that we have access in our community,” said Chief Administrative Officer, Jon Wilsgard. “Dr. Bonnie Henry, our Provincial Health Officer, has stated time and time again, get outside, get some fresh air, stay active but do so in a responsible way, and we are doing everything we can do to support that message.”

Residents are reminded to remain vigilant by: continuing to practice good hygiene (frequent hand washing, avoid touching your face, cough into your sleeve, disinfect frequently touched surfaces); staying home when sick (don’t go to work or school sick); minimizing non-essential travel; maintaining physical distancing outside your household; and staying informed, prepared and following public health advice.

At this time the Town of Golden is working closely with partners from the Government of BC, BC Recreation and Parks Association, Sport BC and the Lifesaving Society as they outline technical requirements and operational direction for the opening of the Golden Swimming Pool, Mount 7 Rec Plex and the potential for additional recreation programs.

At this time the potential re-opening of these facilities is undetermined.

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