Playgrounds During Pandemic
Playgrounds Represent a Significant Risk for Transmission
Any users can, and should, follow the provinces guidelines for playground use. Find it here, or read the highlights below.
- Those who are sick or have symptoms related to COVID-19 must not use playgrounds.
- Encourage children to avoid sharing toys or sports equipment and limit contact with individuals outside of their household or cohort family.
- Clean and disinfect toys and sports equipment prior to and after use.
- Caution should be taken around playground equipment.
- Practise proper hand hygiene.
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Refrain from touching your face with unclean hands.
- Carry and use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol content immediately before and after using playground equipment.
- Consider limiting children and other members of your household to only visiting playgrounds that are close to your home. This will help limit the number of people your family may come into contact with.
- Maintain physical distancing and limit congregating with other people when entering and leaving the playground and supervising children playing (e.g. paths, benches, picnic areas).
- Individuals should maintain physical distancing when returning to vehicles or homes.
With closures of indoor recreational facilities in place, our parks, open spaces and trails are more important than ever for all Hintonites to use for recreational activities, exercise and enjoyment to support mental health.
Our Arenas/Parks crew is working outside, including the weekends, to keep trails and other outdoor recreation facilities maintained for our users.
The weather has allowed us to start preparing our outdoor rinks and we will get them ready soon for usage. Check them out in the upcoming weeks to ensure safe skating is possible.
Outdoor rinks are located in:
- Kinsmen Park (kids rink)
- Mary Reimer Park (kids rink)
- Erith Park (Hockey rink and kids rink)
We are working on a skating track and will provide updates when crews are able to finish a safe iceway. When snow returns the Toboggan hills (Collinge Road and at the Hinton Centre) can be used again as well. Please respect all applicable safety measures. It can be busy out there at certain times, so maybe venture out to a spot less travelled or find a quieter time in the day for you or your household. Follow all regulations in place, including for dog on/off leash areas.
If you have any observations, requests, or concerns you want to share, please use the MyHinton App 24/7 and follow the directions for your submission. You can also contact our department by phone during office hours (780-865-2634).
All users must understand the below:
Park equipment is not sanitized
You must stay home if you are sick
You must practice physical distancing
Wash hands with soap and water or use sanitizer frequently.