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Brockton to reopen some outdoor recreation facilities on Friday

BROCKTON – Brockton residents will be able to play soccer, baseball, basketball or visit the park beginning Friday (May 22).

The municipality announced on Thursday that certain outdoor recreational amenities will reopen now that Ontario has entered stage one of reopening from closures caused by COVID-19.

The following facilities will reopen, with some restrictions:

  • Bruce Power Regional Soccer Park
  • Cargill Baseball Diamonds
  • Cargill Community Centre Park
  • Elmwood Baseball Diamonds
  • Elmwood Basketball Courts
  • Elmwood Parks
  • Elmwood Tennis Courts
  • Glammis Park
  • Walkerton Baseball Diamonds
  • Walkerton Basketball Courts
  • Walkerton Centennial Park
  • Walkerton Central Park (Tot Lot)
  • Walkerton Heritage Water Garden
  • Walkerton Memory Lane Park
  • Walkerton Riverbend Park
  • Walkerton Rotary Park
  • Walkerton Lobies Park
  • Walkerton Lions Westwood Drive Park
  • Walkerton Tennis Courts

The play structures, including the splash pad at Centennial Park, remain closed until further notice. The washrooms and facilities at these locations also remain closed.

The municipality reminds residents that the province’s emergency order restricting gatherings of more than five people (unless they are members of the same household) remains in effect and residents must practice physical distancing while using these spaces.

Residents are also being encouraged to wash their hands and/or use hand sanitizer to clean their hands before and after using these spaces.

Trails and green spaces continue to remain open with the same restrictions.

Rules for ball diamond, soccer field and basketball court users

The municipality has released a set of guidelines for people wishing to use ball diamonds, soccer fields and basketball courts:

  • Individuals using ball diamonds, soccer fields or basketball courts are required to physical distance two metres with a maximum group size of five persons at one time, unless they are members of the same household.
  • Avoid or limit touching commonly touched surfaces like sporting equipment.
  • Individuals should wash or use hand sanitizer to clean your hands and wash your hands before and after play, and stay home if ill.
  • The washrooms and facilities at these locations remain closed.

Rules for tennis court users

  • Doubles play is permitted if players on each team are from the same household, otherwise single play only.
  • Individuals using the tennis courts are required to physical distance two metres with a maximum group size of five persons at one time, unless they are members of the same household.
  • Players must wash their hands with a disinfectant soap and water or use a hand sanitizer if soap and water are not readily available, before going to the court.
  • Players should use their racquet/foot to pick up balls and hit them to their opponent. Using hands to pick up the balls should be avoided.
  • If a ball from another court comes to you, players should send it back with a kick or with their racquet.
  • Each player should bring their own can of balls with a unique identifying mark (initials, symbol) and ideally from different companies for easy identification. Players should only touch their own tennis balls.
  • No physical contact like high five’s and handshakes is allowed.
  • Players need to remain on the same side of the court at all times.
  • Players should no longer sit on benches or use scorecards.
  • The washrooms and facilities at these locations are all closed.

Anyone with questions regarding any of these facilities are encouraged to call the Municipality of Brockton at 519-881-2223.