North Cowichan’s municipal parks are gradually re-opening in collaboration with the Cowichan Valley Regional District, other member municipalities, and Cowichan Valley School District No. 79 following guidelines released Monday by the BC Recreation and Parks Association and Worksafe BC.
This includes playgrounds, public washrooms, seasonal portables and skate parks. Municipal dog parks, sports courts and fields, and tennis/pickleball courts are already open.
To ensure parks can be used and enjoyed safely after opening, North Cowichan is implementing a Park Ambassador Pilot Program later this month. This new program, staffed by recreation employees, will have ambassadors visible at North Cowichan’s busiest parks, beaches and municipally sanctioned trails.
“I am pleased to have a coordinated approach to reopening parks across the Cowichan Valley,” said Mayor Al Siebring. “The launch of the Park Ambassador program will help ensure this reopening happens safely. Where it is possible to do so, our recreation staff will be able to demonstrate proper physical distancing to patrons, and help address any issues or unsafe behaviours at our parks, beaches and trails. I would like to emphasize that playground facilities will not be undergoing extra cleaning and users should continue to exercise caution and good judgment when visiting these facilities.”
For parents who feel playground structures pose a risk to the health and safety of their children, it is recommended to abstain from using them.