City of Brandon to spend next week reopening outdoor recreational spaces, playgrounds

By | April 30, 2020

Playgrounds, outdoor fitness areas and recreational spaces in the City of Brandon will start reopening to the public next week.

On Wednesday, the Manitoba government released a phased plan to reopen the economy. Phase 1 of that plan comes into effect on Monday, allowing some non-essential workers to go back to work, and playgrounds and outdoor recreational spaces to reopen.

The City of Brandon will be spending much of next week prepping those spaces:

  • Swings will be reinstalled and play structures inspected. If approved, “closed” signs will be removed from structures.
  • Signs and caution tape will also be taken down from outdoor fitness equipment stations, picnic shelters and gazebos.
  • Nets will be put up on tennis courts, but not for city-owned volleyball nets and basketball hoops at this time.
  • Fencing around the Kristopher Campbell Memorial Skateboard Plaza will be removed and the plaza reopened for public use.
  • The Wheat City Golf Course is operated on contract by Golf Brandon. Anyone seeking information about courses opening up and the health guidelines that must be followed to operate can visit https://www.golfbrandon.com.

In a media release, the city stressed that Brandonites continue following public health protocols such as physical distancing, and the “reopened status of these facilities will be monitored and re-evaluated if maintaining public safety becomes problematic.”

A plan for reopening civic facilities will be announced in the coming days, the city said.

Meanwhile, as of May 1, Brandon Transit riders will have to return to boarding the bus through the front door, and paying fare for SMART Card or cash fare collection.

Information regarding the City of Brandon’s pandemic response can be found http://www.brandon.ca/covid-19-updates.

Anyone seeking general information about municipal services can call the city’s Inquiry Line at 204-729-2186 during regular business hours, or submit questions online at http://www.brandon.ca/contact-us.

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