Thunder Bay

City of Thunder Bay prepares to re-open outdoor facilities

The City of Thunder Bay is preparing to re-open some outdoor amenities, but is reminding people to continue to observe physical distancing guidelines while using them.
A skateboarder practices at the Thunder Bay skate park in this file photo. The park will be reopened soon by the City of Thunder Bay after the province amended its emergency orders. (Noah Tuomisto)

The City of Thunder Bay is preparing to re-open some outdoor amenities, but is reminding people to continue to observe physical distancing guidelines while using them.

The amenities being re-opened include multi-use fields (including baseball diamonds, soccer fields, pickleball, basketball and tennis courts, and BMX and skate parks), as well as off-leash dog parks and outdoor picnic sites.

The city said parks staff are inspecting the parks with those amenities, and the sites will re-open after the inspections are complete. That's expected to take several days.

Anyone using the amenities is reminded to maintain at least two metres away from anyone else, and avoid any gatherings of more than five people.

Some city facilities will remain closed, including outdoor playgrounds, fitness equipment, public swimming pools, and splash pads.

Those are expected to be available in later stages of the Ontario government's provincial re-opening process.