Changes due to COVID-19

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Parks and Outdoor Space Usage During COVID-19

Overall, our community has shown tremendous respect and cooperation during the COVID-19 event. Continuing to support this effort will ensure restrictions are lifted as soon as possible. Residents are encouraged to stay the course.

We understand there are questions about what is and is not permitted during COVID-19. While it is not reasonable for the City to provide instructions on all possible situations, this page outlines specifics around closures, as well as guidelines for continuing to enjoy outdoor activities while still preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Currently Open

  • All Parks & Trails 
  • Playgrounds
  • Spray Parks
  • Skate Parks & Skate Spots
  • Outdoor Fitness Parks
  • Family Leisure Centre (pre-registration may be required)
    • Cenovus Arena
    • South Country Co-op Fitness Floor
  • Gas City Campground
  • Boat Lake and Historic Farm at Echo Dale Regional Park
  • Saratoga Off-Leash Dog Park & WestVue Off-Leash Dog Park
  • Interpretative Program & Nature Centre at Police Point Park
  • Outdoor Shelters (available with a permit)
  • Benches, Picnic Tables and Fire Pits
  • Sports Fields & Courts
  • Disc Golf
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Select Outdoor Washrooms
    • Kin Coulee Park
    • Kiwanis Central Park
    • Lions Park
    • Moose Ball Complex (open during games only)
    • Police Point Park Interpretative Centre 
    • Ross Glen Towne Centre
    • Saamis Rotary Park
    • South Ride Community Park
    • Strathcona Island Park

Opening in July

  • Strathcona Pool
  • Kinsmen Aquatic Park   
  • Gymnasium (FLC)
  • Field House (FLC)
  • Echo Dale Swim Lake

Currently Closed

  • Hill Pool
  • Heights Pool
  • Crestwood Recreation Centre 
  • Outdoor Kitchens

Please Note Information Relating to Permits

  • Events permits are cancelled until August 31
  • Mobile Concession Permits in Parks (food trucks) are available
  • Park Access Permits are available
  • Mobile Business Permits (all non-food business in a park) are not being issued at this time

Non-City Clubs & Park Agreements

Please contact the following clubs for further information and measures, as they are restricted to members only:
  • Horseshoe Club
  • BMX Club
  • Tennis Club
  • Lawn Bowling Club

Outdoor activity that adheres to current guidelines is encouraged to support positive physical and mental health.

While enjoying outdoor spaces, all residents must follow the guidelines provided by Alberta Health. Where clear direction is not specified, the City is relying on residents to use discretion to make responsible choices.    

The following suggestions offer guidance for responsible decision making.

  • Avoid contact with frequently touched surfaces or disinfect/clean surfaces before use
  • Participate with members of your household only
  • Avoid sharing sporting equipment

Inquiries/complaints related to individual behaviors can be reported to the MHPS non-emergency line at 403-529-8481, or through the MHPS mobile app, via Crime Tips.

Responsible Pet Ownership
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a noticeable increase in traffic on the City’s trail network. During this time, pet owners are encouraged to keep dogs on-leash to support safe and courteous encounters. Residents who choose to take dogs off-leash on permitted trails are reminded to ensure dogs are, at all times, under the control of an owner who is at least 18 years of age. 

Responsible Animal Ownership Bylaw (PDF)