The Government of Saskatchewan has been making announcements regularly regarding the phases of their Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan, and the most recent announcement came on Tuesday, June 16th regarding the opening of child and youth day camps, outdoor pools and splash pads along with outdoor sports and activities on Monday, June 22.
Since March, public facilities within Martensville have been closed to the public, and administration with the City of Martensville have been vigilant in working towards the re-opening of facilities within the community as the phases are announced.
Most recently, City Hall opened to the public once again, with guidelines in place to ensure the safety of the public and employees. “As things re-open, we have to adapt to the new rules that are in place with the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan such as rules around physical distancing, limited access to areas of the building to the public and encouraging residents to utilize our online tools if possible. We will have the same things in place as other facilities start to open as well,” Ted Schaeffer, City of Martensville Director of Recreation & Community Services, said.
With the announcement of Part 1 of Phase 4 set in place for June 22nd, Schaeffer noted that he is currently working on a summary to Council regarding the Martensville Aquatic Centre re-opening and what that would potentially look like. For this to take place there will be additional rules and regulations in place regarding capacity and physical distancing. More information on opening dates and lesson details will be available on the plans for the Aquatic Centre in the near future.
The Spray Park located within Lions Park will be opening on June 22nd and as part of the re-open plan, there will be guidelines in place and signage within the park with information on how to ensure public safety. “The spray park will run similar to how the re-opening of our parks and playgrounds was. We do not have the capacity to have them staffed at all times, so we count on the public to be respectful of the rules and guidelines around using those facilities,” Schaeffer explained.
Sports fields within Martensville, including ball diamonds and soccer pitches will also be opening soon, with Schaeffer anticipating an opening for next week, weather permitting. Once again, the province has guidelines in place for the public and the user groups that will be utilizing these fields.
Although the summer camp programming that was scheduled to run this summer by the YMCA out of Saskatoon will not be taking place, Schaeffer stated that they are currently meeting to discuss other options that can be offered. “We are looking into options for an outdoor program because we do not have the authorization to open indoor facilities at this time. If at some point indoor facilities open before the end of summer, we can look at revamping for some indoor activities as needed. We know that the province has said that Phase 4 – Part 2 is coming next, but currently there is no date set. This will include indoor pools, rinks, libraries, museums, galleries, movie theatres, casinos and bingo halls. More information can be found here.
Judging by the increments of the previous phases, we anticipate it will come sometime before the end of summer and at that point, we will have to see what rules and regulations will be in place and determine how we can offer our programs.”
For more information on the re-opening of facilities in Martensville, visit www.martensville.ca, or follow ‘City of Martensville’ on Facebook for regular updates. “Once we are notified of the updates, we look at it and see what we can open and how we can re-open safely for everyone,” Schaeffer said.