City of Orillia to reopen some recreational amenities Thursday, including benches, tennis courts, and off-leash dog areas

Users must continue to adhere to physical distancing guidelines

The City of Orillia is getting primed to open up a few city amenities as COVID-19 restrictions are eased province-wide.

Following the province’s recent announcement permitting the opening of some outdoor recreation facilities, Orillia City Hall says it is quickly working to reopen select locations to the public once again.

The following park amenities will be open as of tomorrow:

  • Tennis and pickleball courts
  • Disc golf course
  • Off-leash dog areas
  • The Kiwanis Skateboard Park
  • Outdoor picnic areas
  • Benches
  • Pavilions on a first-come, first-served basis (the City will not be issuing any group rental permits at this time).

The City hopes to open all basketball courts by Friday.

“Our community has done well to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 virus and we are pleased to reopen certain park amenities for public use. As we gradually phase in reopening, it is absolutely critical that residents remain vigilant and follow COVID-19 safety protocols, such as physical distancing and gathering restrictions, which are still very much in place. If we ease up too soon and let our guard down, we risk a resurgence and further community transmission of COVID-19,” said Mayor Steve Clarke.

While these facilities will be open for public use, everyone must remember to adhere to physical distancing guidelines of at least two metres. Beaches, outdoor playgrounds, baseball diamonds, play structures and equipment, including splash pads and public washroom facilities, will remain closed until further notice.