City of Kamloops, SD73 close playgrounds due to pandemic

All play structures are closed, but city parks, skate parks, dog parks and tennis, pickleball and basketball courts will remain open for now, signage to promote social distancing will be installed in those spaces

As expected, the City of Kamloops is closing all playgrounds in to the public, effective immediately — and the Kamloops-Thompson school district said it is following suit with playgrounds at its schools.

In a release issued just before noon on Monday, the city said it will be closing all 46 of its play structures in order to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus,

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Fields in the parks will remain open, but playgrounds are effectively closed indefinitely, with closure signs to be installed. The city said bylaw officers will monitor social distancing in city parks and other gathering areas, with increased measures to close gathering places potentially coming in the future. For now, city parks, skate parks, dog parks and tennis, pickleball and basketball courts will remain open, though signage to promote social distancing will be installed in those spaces.

The school district said signage announcing playgrounds closures will be installed in the next few days on the play structures at all elementary schools throughout the district. The fields and play courts at school grounds are not being closed, but social distancing signage will be posted.

Belmont Park tot lot
The city's Belmont Park tot lot in North Kamloops is among dozens of playgrounds now closed in Kamloops. - Tim Petruk/KTW

“Schools are closed, our students are at home,” school district Supt. Alison Sidow said. “We are taking these additional steps to limit groups from gathering on the play structures, courts and fields to protect our students, their families, and our community.”

She said the school district has been in contact with the city and has been told bylaw officers will be monitoring social distancing at all city parks and other public gathering areas.

If social distancing practices are not being adhered to, the district may close its playing fields and courts.

Along with playgrounds at all schools, the following city-owned playground closures are now in effect at the following locations:

• Aberdeen Hills Park, 1245 Howe Road

• Albert McGowan Park, 2025 Summit Drive

• Allan Powers Park, 330 Centre Avenue

• Batchelor Natural Area Park, 1750 Batchelor Drive

• Belmont Tot Lot, 709 Cumberland Avenue

• Bogetti Park, 5308 Bogetti Place

• Brocklehurst Park, 2470 Fleetwood Avenue

• Cambridge Tot Lot, 637 Cambridge Crescent

• Cammeray Tot Lot, 4705 Cammer Drive

• Campbell Creek Tot Lot, 8701 Dallas Drive

• Connaught Tot Lot, 225 Connaught Road

• Dominion Tot Lot, 1355 Dominion Crescent

• Edgemount Tot Lot, 2235 Edgemount Avenue

• Glen Nevis Tot Lot, 818 Gleneagles Drive

• Hook Tot Lot, 1545 Collingwood Drive

• Invermere Tot Lot, 845 Invermere Court

• Juniper Park, 2150 Qu'Appelle Boulevard

• Kinsmen North Tot Lot, 605 Comox Avenue

• Kinsmen South Tot Lot, 975 Pleasant Street

• Len Haughton Park, 595 Lister Road

• McArthur Island Exercise Workstations (3), 1525 Island Parkway

• McArthur Island Playground, 1525 Island Parkway

• McDonald Park, 252 King Street

• McIntosh Park, 502 Battle Street West

• Moose Tot Lot, 385 Schubert Drive

• Pineview Valley Park, 1925 Hugh Allan Drive

• Prince Charles Park, 1145 Nicola Street

• Rainbow Tot Lot, 670 McCurrach Place

• Richmond Tot Lot, 601 Richmond Avenue

• Riverside Park Heritage, 100 Lorne Street

• Riverside Park Saturn, 100 Lorne Street

• Riverside Park West End, 100 Lorne Street

• Saddleback Park, 2110 Grasslands Boulevard

• Sherbrooke Tot Lot, 1034 Sherbrooke Avenue

• Sifton Tot Lot, 2046 Sifton Avenue

• Southview Tot Lot, 1564 Southview Terrace

• Spartan Tot Lot, 1610 Spartan Place

• Stuart Wood School, 245 St. Paul Street

• Thompson Park, 6500 Beaver Crescent

• Todd Hill Park, 1550 Todd Road

• Tournament Capital Ranch Playground, 5355 Yellowhead Highway

• Valleyview Centennial Park, 2288 Park Drive

• Westmount Park, 540 Collingwood Drive

• Westsyde Centennial Park, 705 Franklin Road

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