The Town of Huntsville has announced the reopening of select outdoor recreational amenities.

With Ontario entering the first stage of the framework for reopening the province, the provincial government has extended emergency orders to May 29, to keep people safe.

Restrictions are still in place for closures of bars and restaurants except for takeout and delivery, social gatherings are not allowed more than five people and staff redeployment rules will be in effect for long term care homes and congregate settings.

As part of stage one, the provincial government has permitted the reopening of select outdoor recreational amenities.

Currently, the Town of Huntsville is determining when to reopen amenities based on a phased and cautious approach.

The slow reopening will allow residents to enjoy fresh air, nature and physical activity, although you are asked to obey all posted signage as the Town works to reopen these areas.

The Town is reminding you while using these amenities to maintain 2 metres distance from others, avoid gathering of five or more and wash your hands frequently before and after use.

If a space appears busy, you’re asked to try another location or come back later.

The following amenities have been reopened in a cautious approach:

  • Tennis, pickleball, basketball, and volleyball courts (Huntsville and Port Sydney)
  • Benches, picnic tables and chairs will be re-installed as outdoor spaces are reopened (Huntsville and Port Sydney)
  • Municipal beaches
  • Skateboard parks, frisbee golf and off-leash dog areas and parks (McCulley Robertson Recreation Park)
  • Walking track at Conroy Park – Residents are reminded that team sports play is still restricted.

Meanwhile, the following areas will continue to remain closed until further notice:

  • Sports Fields at McCulley Robertson Recreation Park are closed and still under construction.
  • All Town outdoor playgrounds, play structures and equipment are still closed.
  • Use of facilities for organized sporting activities.

Head to the Town’s website for more information.