City closes playgrounds and park amenities – walk-throughs permitted with precautions
Effective immediately, all playgrounds and park amenities in the Kingston are closed until further notice. This decision aligns with recommendations from KFL&A Public Health and the City of Kingston’s declaration of a state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Playgrounds and park amenities encourage group gatherings of more than five people, usage which goes against the physical (social) distancing measures recommended by public health officials. Surfaces in these spaces are not sanitized and represent a risk of community transmission of COVID-19.
Amenities and public spaces that are closed for use include:
Play structures, swings, slides and climbers
Sports fields and ball diamonds
Basketball, pickleball and tennis courts
Off-leash dog parks
Park washrooms and buildings
Benches, picnic tables and shade shelters
Walk-throughs permitted – maintain physical (social) distancing
While the playgrounds and park amenities are closed, residents are able to walk through them. Safe park practices that are permitted include running, walking or jogging through the park while keeping a two-metre distance from others – which is equal to the length of a hockey stick. Residents can also walk their dog through the park where this is allowed, while respecting the established leashing requirements for the site.