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Spray Parks in Strathcona Island Park and Kiwanis Central Park will open June 13

Post Date:06/12/2020 2:22 PM

Medicine Hat – Effective Saturday, June 13, the spray parks in both Strathcona Island Park and Kiwanis Central Park will be operating for public use. The park washrooms at both locations will be open with safety protocols in place.

The City of Medicine Hat is actively reviewing guidance documents provided by the Government of Alberta on Tuesday and evaluating the impact those guidelines will have on various facilities returning to operation. 

“Regulations imposed for spray parks were relatively easy to action, so we were able to prepare two of our parks in short order,” said Scott Richter, Manager of Parks for the City of Medicine Hat. “We will look to bring on the other two (Ross Glen and Saamis) as quickly as possible, under the constraints of staffing considerations and safety protocols.” 

The City reminds residents that relaunching amenities and facilities takes time, particularly with the need to address COVID-19 related requirements.

“You’ve heard us say that we can’t just ‘flip a switch’ and open a facility,” says James Will, General Manager of Parks and Recreation. “We hope our community understands that it takes all hands on deck to deploy some of these relaunch protocols, which means service levels in other areas may decline for a short duration in order to satisfy our community’s yearning for amenities to return.”

The two spray parks are currently being prepared for safe use. Residents can expect a different experience than usual as COVID-19 parameters are applied:

  • Staff will effectively double their cleaning checks at each washroom.
  • Water will run for 30% longer each time the button is pressed to reduce the number of times the button needs to be touched.
  • Park benches and seating areas will be cleaned and may be removed in order to adhere to physical distancing restrictions.
  • New signage is installed warning that the structures are not sanitized, and to continue measures to prevent spread of COVID-19 like practice physical distancing, carry/use hand sanitizer, and stay home if sick.
  • Washroom access will be limited to one family or individual at a time in order to abide by 2 metre distancing requirements.
  • Only washrooms at the Strathcona Island spray park and Kiwanis Central Park spray park will be opening this weekend. Other park washrooms will follow at a later date.

In order for a relaunch of services to be successful, the City of Medicine Hat is relying on residents to comply with parameters put in place. “Through this entire process, we are trusting our community to use discretion and make responsible choices to help mitigate virus transmission,” adds Will.

For information about the provincial relaunch strategy, please visit www.alberta.ca . For City-related COVID information, including a visual timeline of the City’s local response, visit www.medicinehat.ca/covid19

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For further information, please contact:

Scott Richter
Manager of Parks
City of Medicine Hat
403.502.8065 

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