City reopening handful of recreational facilities

The city is gradually reopening some facilities closed in answer to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The gates at Connaught Hill and Nechako Riverside parks are now open for normal summertime hours and starting Friday, public access will be permitted at bike and skate parks, and public tennis, pickleball, and basketball courts.

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Playgrounds and fenced dog parks remain closed until further notice.

And the city will not be accepting bookings from the public for parks or park facilities for the rest of the year. This includes the Lheidli T'enneh Memorial Park pavilion and bandshell, the Rainbow and Paddlewheel Park gazebos, and Connaught Hill.

Small gatherings will still be allowed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sport fields and ball diamonds will no longer be closed but user groups that book them require an annual rental agreement with the city as well as a "return-to-play" plan.

Provincial sport organizations are developing such plans and the Prince George Tennis and Pickleball Club has submitted both a rental agreement and a plan to the city.

City council will receive an update concerning other city recreation facilities such as Masich Place Stadium, pools, and arenas at its June 15 regular meeting.

Mayor Lyn Hall urged residents to continue to practice physical distancing and other steps advised by the provincial health officer.

"As individual residents and as members of a community, we have to remain focused on staying healthy," he said.

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