What's open and what's closed in Waterloo region this civic holiday

This civic holiday long weekend means some facilities across Waterloo region will be closed.

On Monday, Grand River Transit will operate on a Sunday schedule

Some pools and most splash pads will be open on Monday, and tubing will start up again at the Elora Gorge Conservation Area. (CBC)

ThE civic holiday long weekend means some facilities across Waterloo region will be closed. Here is a list of what's open and what's closed in Waterloo region.

What's open:

  • Grand River Transit will operate on a Sunday schedule on Monday.

  • Region of Waterloo International Airport will remain open. Due to COVID-19, flight times may change. Please check your flight status before heading to the airport.

  • For waste collection, there will be regular curbside collection on Monday; however, the Cambridge and Waterloo waste sites will be closed.

Pools, recreational centres:

  • In Kitchener, Idlewood outdoor pool will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Aug. 3 for family swims. 

  • Breithaupt Pool will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

  • Harry Class Pool will be open 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

  • Splash pads at Breithaupt Park, Centreville Chicopee, Chandler Mowat, Doon Pioneer Park, Kingsdale, McLennan Park, and Victoria Park will be open from 11:15 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. on Aug. 3. 

  • Waterloo Memorial Rec Complex and swimplex will be open.

  • In Kitchener, all outdoor pools will be open for drop-in and recreational programs.

  • Waterloo's Moses Springer outdoor pool will also be open.

  • Activa Sportsplex will be open Monday, Aug. 3 for pre-booked rentals.

  • In Cambridge, recreational centres and pools will be open Monday.

  • Bechtel Park's soccer field in Waterloo will be open, but the building will be closed.

GRCA playgrounds and tubing to reopen for long weekend

The GRCA will be reopening playgrounds at Grand River Parks, as well as its tubing operations at the Elora Gorge Conservation Area on Saturday, Aug. 1.

Park visitors are reminded that all GRCA playground activity is at the risk of the user and should be supervised closely by caregivers.

Playground users are asked to maintain physical distancing on the equipment and to ensure their hands are washed or sanitized before and after playground use. Signage will be posted at playgrounds to remind visitors of health and safety considerations.

Tubing operations will be limited this season with new protocols in place to ensure visitor and staff safety, said the GRCA. 

Visitors will need to purchase tickets for tubing online in advance of arriving at Elora Gorge Conservation Area. This includes equipment rentals if needed. No walk up sales for tubing will be available at the park. Park admission is separate, and must be paid upon entry at the gate.

The tubing hours of operation will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, with the last equipment rental at 4 p.m. Rented equipment must be returned by 7 p.m. on the same day. 

What's closed:

  • All regional and city administrative offices will be closed Monday. 

  • The Kitchener Market market will be closed on Sunday, Aug. 2 and Monday, Aug. 3.

  • Cambridge and Waterloo waste sites are closed for residential drop-off on Monday.

Libraries and community centres:

  • All Kitchener Public Library, Waterloo Public Library and Idea Exchange locations will be closed Sunday and Monday. Region of Waterloo library branches remain open by appointment only. 

  • All community centres will be closed on Monday, Aug. 3. 

  • Summer camp programming at select community centres and public access to computers at Kingsdale and Chandler Mowat Community Centres will resume Tuesday, Aug. 4. 

  • City skateparks will be closed on Aug. 3.

  • Community centres across Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge will be closed.

  • Kitchener's Budd Park indoor field will be closed on Monday.

  • Buildings for Waterloo's Bechtel Park, Moses Springer will be closed.

  • Waterloo's Adult Rec Centre will be closed as well.


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