While the majority of CSRD parks, trails, beaches and boat launches have remained open for residents to use during the COVID-19 pandemic, some adjustments to operations are being made in advance of the May long weekend.
Playgrounds at all CSRD parks will remain closed until further notice, however, vault toilets at all sites are now open for use.
Tennis, basketball and other multi-use sports courts are open, but the number of users is limited to ensure physical distancing regulations are followed. Citizens are also asked to be courteous to others and share the facilities appropriately. Signage has been posted on-site to guide the use of these facilities.
The Province has established a task force led by the British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA) to establish guidelines for reopening recreational facilities including playgrounds. It is expected to be released by the end of May. The CSRD is awaiting that report before moving forward with any further reopening of facilities and park amenities.
Recreational sites at Joyce Lake in Electoral Area D and Cedar Lake in Electoral Area A, which are jointly managed by the CSRD and Recreational Sites and Trails BC, had previously been closed by provincial order. These sites will reopen on Thursday, May 14, 2020 for day use only. No overnight camping is permitted.
Yard Creek Campground in the Malakwa area of Electoral Area E remains closed until further notice.
The water spray park at the Sorrento-Blind Bay Community Park is currently closed due to a Boil Water Notice for the Sorrento Water System issued on April 21, 2020. It will open once Interior Health lifts the Boil Water Notice.
*Update: Please note, the Boil Water Notice for the Sorrento Water System was lifted on Friday, May 15 and the Sorrento-Blind Bay Water Spray Park is open for public use effective 4 PM, May 15. The park is open daily from 9 AM to 8 PM.
While most CSRD recreation areas remain open for use by residents, users are asked to be respectful of distancing measures, especially when more people may want to use these amenities on the long weekend. Using these facilities in a kind, considerate manner will allow everyone to remain as safe as possible.
Photo: Cedar Lake Recreational Site in Electoral Area A is being re-opened for day use only. (CSRD photo)