Some City of Barrie playgrounds will be open as of Friday, others not so much

City hall working to have all playgrounds reopened by the end of the month

Barrie City Hall is working away at getting all its playgrounds reopened by the end of July now that the province has given the green light for them to reopen.

The reopening of playgrounds is part of stage 3 of the province’s plan to reopen, and these sites are permitted to do so as of 12:01 Friday morning. That doesn’t mean all the playgrounds in the City of Barrie will be ready.

As of Friday, there will only be a select number of parks open. Centennial Park, Queen’s Park, Lampman Lane Community Park, Sunnidale Park, East Bayfield Community Park, Eastview Community Park, Holly Community Park, Ferndale Community Park, Shear Park, Minet’s Point, and Tyndale Park will all be ready for use as of Friday morning.

The city asks that parents sanitize their child’s hands before and after using the equipment, and stay home if anyone is feeling ill.

The rest will open gradually, as the city hopes they’ll all be ready to go by the end of the month. Residents are asked to use only those playgrounds marked as “open” and avoid those that are still closed or taped off. The equipment is not yet sanitized.

Meanwhile, the city cannot say when its recreation facilities can reopen, as it is still reviewing all the requirements with the local health unit. “There are many tasks to complete before these facilities can reopen, including rehiring and reallocation of staff, ice installation, pool refilling and safety measures to ensure the required physical distancing,” reads a statement from City Hall. “More information on the reopening of these facilities will be shared as it becomes available.”

The city’s waterfront fitness equipment will not be open for use, as it requires some repair first.