Changes due to COVID-19

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Parks and Recreation Space Usage During COVID-19

The City of Medicine Hat continues to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic while following guidelines set forth by the Government of Alberta.

Please continue to check this page, which 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
  • Skate Parks & Skate Spots
  • Outdoor Fitness Parks
  • Family Leisure Centre (pre-registration is required)
    • Cenovus Arena
    • South Country Co-op Fitness Floor
    • Kinsmen Aquatic Park
    • Gymnasium
    • Fieldhouse
  • Boat Lake & 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
  • Benches, Picnic Tables and Fire Pits
  • Sports Fields & Courts
  • Disc Golf
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Portable Toilets - available throughout the winter months
    • Saratoga Off-Leash
    • WestVue Off-Leash
    • Jeffries High Board Rink
    • Riverside High Board Rink
    • East Glen High Board Rink
    • St John Paul II High Board Rink
  • Select Outdoor Washrooms - Open Year Round 
    • Kin Coulee Park - Toboggan Hill
    • Southridge Community Park
    • Strathcona Island Park

Closing Soon

  • Spray Parks    
    • Kiwanis Central Park & Strathcona Island Park - September 20
  • Select Outdoor Washrooms - September 28
  • Gas City Campground - October 12

Currently Closed

  • Spray Parks
    • Ross Glen & Saamis Rotary
  • Echo Dale Swim Lake 
  • Heights Pool 
  • Hill Pool
  • Strathcona Pool
  • Crestwood Recreation Centre 
  • Outdoor Kitchens

Please Note Information Relating to Permits

  • Events permits are issued on a case-by-case basis
  • 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)