Kimberley’s Rotary Splash Park to Open This Weekend
City Crews will be turning on the taps at the Rotary Splash Park on Friday, July 17th after the COVID-19 pandemic forced it to remain closed this season. As with other parks and playgrounds that have re-opened, enhanced safety measures will be put in place to help limit the potential spread of the virus.
One of the biggest changes at the park will be the introduction of painted circles surrounding the splash pad to help people maintain physical distance. Twelve large white circles will be painted on the grass and park users are encouraged to remain in their circle with other members of their household or group while not using the splash pad itself. If all circles are full, the public is asked to return when one becomes available.
“We have been carefully planning the re-opening of all public parks and facilities,” said Brett Clark, Manager – Parks and Facilities. “It’s very important that we consider public safety at each space in order to ensure site-specific measures are in place to protect against the spread of COVID-19. We can’t wait to see families out and enjoying the splash park but want to be clear that we must continue to practice social distancing, washing hands often, and please be patient with each other.”
Other safety measures include ensuring those aged 12 and under are accompanied by an adult; come prepared with hand sanitizer and/or wipes; wash your hands often; and use available garbage and recycling bins to ensure a clean environment. The splash park will be open daily from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The City is working on plans to re-open indoor facilities including the Aquatic Centre, the Civic Centre, and Centennial Hall but no dates have been decided. Indoor facilities require more robust planning to ensure public safety. Thank you for your continued patience.