City to Reopen Playgrounds on Friday

Published on: 2020/07/15 - in News

Playgrounds in parks in Kingston will begin to reopen on Friday, July 17 as the city enters Stage 3 of Ontario’s Framework to Reopening. Some locations may open earlier than others that day as crews remove safety fencing and caution tape.

Later this month, residents will be able to make bookings for events of up to 100 people for access to the waterslide, lazy river and aqua-fit classes at the Outdoor Aqua Park. Sports fields and courts are also available for bookings for casual use and limited team training by calling 613-546-4291 ext. 1800.

Other related updates provided by the City of Kingston:

Indoor recreation facilities, including arenas, fitness and community centres remain closed to the public. During this time, the INVISTA Centre, Memorial Centre and Rideau Heights Community Centre continue to operate as locations for the Boys and Girls Club of Kingston Area summer day camps. Stage 3 provides for increases in summer camp spaces available to the public. Registration for the camps – which run until late August – is available on the Boys and Girls Club website. The City is currently planning to gradually reopen indoor recreation amenities, such as ice pads and fitness centres, beginning in September once summer day camps conclude.

Starting during the week of July 20 and until Sept. 30, Artillery Park Aquatic Centre will operate as a temporary 24/7 Drop-in Centre, run by HIV/AIDS Regional Services with support from community agencies. It will support people who are homeless and offer services such as rest, meals, referrals to community supports, etc. The City is working with its partners to identify a more permanent location for this Drop-in Centre.

Monthly payments for fitness memberships are suspended until further notice. Clients with fitness memberships do not need to contact the City – their PLAY accounts will be automatically adjusted. For clients who pre-paid for their fitness memberships, their accounts will automatically be extending upon reopening to reflect the closure dates Residents are encouraged to sign up for a PLAY account and opt-in to receive email updates about program and membership changes. Residents who wish to cancel their memberships or request a refund should contact

The City is also reviewing how it can resume its cultural offerings within Stage 3 of the provincial framework, including tours of City Hall and shows at the Grand Theatre, and looks forward to welcoming back visitors and patrons when the time is right. More information will be shared as it becomes available.

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