Lion’s Park in Oliver. Image: Google.

Oliver parks remain open during COVID-19

Oliver Parks and Recreation Society provide an update for residents during COVID-19

Parks, green spaces and trails remain open in Oliver amid the COVID-19 pandemic, for residents to go for walks or bike rides and connect with nature.

A phased recovery plan to increase access to facilities and recreation services is being considered by the Oliver Parks and Recreation Society. The society is working with both the local municipality, Regional District and other recreation organizations to create a plan that allows for people to connect with nature as well as maintain physical distance.

Additional singable and portable washrooms have been added to the downtown core of Oliver. Park Ambassadors will focus on the education of COVID-19 measures and bylaws, supervision of park facilities and disinfection of touchpoints in Lion’s Park throughout May.

Public washrooms are open from 8 a.m.to 8 p.m. in Lion’s Park, Community Park, Kinsmen parking lot and Rotary Park and are being sanitized every 3 hours.

As of May 2, the Small Wheels Park and Off-Leash Dog Park in Lion’s Park have re-opened, however, people must respect the terms of use if they are to remain open:

  • Physical distancing (minimum of 6.5ft or 2m) must be maintained at all times.
  • Visitors must maintain strong hand hygiene by using hand washing facilities provided and are discouraged from gathering in groups with others.
  • Please do not visit parks if you or anyone you are close with is feeling unwell or has been exposed to COVID-19.

The following recreation facilities will remain closed:

  • Rotary Park Playground
  • Tots & Tykes Playground (Community Park)
  • Sports Fields (Community Park)
  • Tennis/Pickleball Courts
  • Kinsmen Park Playground
  • Lion’s Park Playground and Outdoor Fitness Equipment
  • Oliver Community Centre and Weight Room
  • Recreation Administration Office

As per the recommendations from the provincial health officer, the Roots and Fruits Expo will be cancelled this year.

The planning committee is working to shift thinking away from how the festival has been operating and focus instead on what operational changes could be made to offer some sort of opportunity in August to celebrate Oliver’s agriculture and history.

Recreation team members are still available to answer phone calls. Weight room memberships and fitness/yoga class pass that have been purchased can be suspended until reinstated at the request of the pass-holder without any penalty or loss to the pass holder.

The recreation society is prepared to issue credits to account for full refunds for future registered programs and services that need to be cancelled or postponed due to pandemic exposure control measures.

READ MORE: COVID-19: RDOS implements precautions for migrant workers at Oliver campground

READ MORE: How Oliver, Osoyoos residents can access health care during COVID-19 crisis

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