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Burlington Council Approves Modifications to City’s Park Operations, Removal of Fencing at Beachway Park

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*Please see below a media release issued by the City of Burlington.

Burlington, Ont.—June 4, 2020 — At a Special Meeting of Council on June 3, Burlington City Council approved interim modifications to the City’s parks operations service, including the removal of the fencing currently in place at Beachway Park. The changes to the parks service also allow for temporary washroom facilities to be installed at Spencer Smith Park, Beachway Park and Burloak Park with enhanced service.

The fencing at Beachway Park will be taken down next week and the portable toilets and handwashing stations will be installed at Beachway Park, dependent on availability.

When walking along the beach, residents are reminded to continue to be vigilant about public health practices and provincial directives to reduce the spread of COVID-19, including:

  • Maintaining 2 metre physical distance from anyone you don’t live with;
  • Gathering in groups of 5 or fewer;
  • Staying home if you feel sick; and
  • Washing and sanitizing hands before and after visiting the area.

Access to washrooms

The washrooms in the pavilion at Beachway Park will remain closed as a result of pre-existing structural issues which are scheduled to be corrected with construction in September 2020. In their place, portable bathrooms and hand washing stations will be made available and cleaned by City parks staff on a regular basis.

The temporary washroom facilities at Spencer Smith Park, Beachway Park and Burloak Park will be installed once available from the supplier, approximately the end of June. The re-opening of other city park washrooms, with enhanced cleaning, will be phased in.

Beach maintenance and safety

City Council approved the hiring of students and temporary staff to assist with this important service and general parks maintenance. City parks staff will provide reduced beach maintenance, including grooming the beach and enhanced cleaning of washrooms. Please place waste in receptacles or take it home with you for disposal to help keep the beach safe for everyone.

Halton Region monitors public beaches to help ensure safe water quality for swimmers. Water quality testing at Beachway Park by Halton Region Public Health is currently not taking place. For updates and more information, please dial 311.

The resumption of City services and spaces is something everyone is looking forward to, but we must continue to do it slowly and carefully with the right precautions. We ask for your patience and understanding as the City works to ensure it has resources and policies in place that align with Provincial regulations and the latest guidance from Halton Region public health to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

To learn more about what’s opened, what’s closed in Burlington, visit burlington.ca/coronavirus.

Burlington is ranked as Canada’s best community and best place to raise a family. It is a City where people, nature and businesses thrive. As residents continue to rediscover many of their favourite spaces and activities in the city, City services may look different as we work to stop the spread of COVID-19. The City’s commitment to providing the community with essential services remains a priority. Sign up to learn more about Burlington at Burlington.ca/Enews and download the free City of Burlington app.

MAYOR MEED WARD’S TAKE:

City staff installed the fence to allow time to make the beach safe for residents, conduct water testing, and avoid the crowding we saw in this area. Council and I have voted to remove the fence, now that this work is nearing completion, including grooming the beach for use and installing additional signage. Washrooms will also be installed in place of the ones closed due to the pavilion construction.

I’m asking residents and our visitors to the beach to be respectful of each other, keep 6 ft. from anyone not in your household, and limit your stay so we can have a flow through and more people can enjoy our amenities. We are trusting you to be reasonable and respectful. We know the beach is a cherished spot in our community, and its use contributes to the well-being of everyone who uses it.

RELATED LINKS:

PLEASE NOTE: To stay updated on what the City of Burlington is doing regarding COVID-19, please visit the dedicated pages burlington.ca/coronavirus (and subscribe) and bit.ly/mayormeedwardCOVID19updates, and our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page — bit.ly/COVID19BurlingtonFAQ that are updated as new information becomes available.

A Burlington COVID-19 Task Force has been created to help support our community through this unprecedented emergency — updates will be provided at burlington.ca/COVID19taskforce.

To report an incident of non-compliance with provincial emergency orders, please contact the Halton Regional Police Service COVID-19 Hotline: 905-825-4722.

We’ve also created a dedicated page to feature the local organizations and businesses that have inspired us during the COVID-19 pandemic by taking action to support our community in new and creative ways — head to bit.ly/covidwallofinspiration.

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*Posted by John Bkila, Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist

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