Niagara Falls, ON – In response to the emergency order issued by the Government of Ontario and following the advice of Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Niagara Parks will be taking additional measures to close remaining outdoor recreational amenities across its 56 kilometres.
Effective March 14, Niagara Parks closed its public-facing facilities to protect the health and safety of staff and guests and to fight the spread of COVID-19. In addition to these public facilities, Niagara Parks maintains 56 kilometres and over 1,300 hectares of open space along the Niagara River, including parks, gardens and recreational trails that are publicly accessible.
Niagara Parks will now be taking steps to close all remaining outdoor recreational equipment and amenities, including any remaining public washrooms, playgrounds, picnic areas, park shelters, and any other item that is high touch or encourages the gathering of people.
Following direction from the Province, public areas, green spaces and recreational trails will remain open for walkthrough access only. While it is not feasible to close access to all public spaces, Niagara Parks has installed additional signage in these areas, repeating advice from public health officials on practising social and physical distancing at all times and leaving home only when necessary. For those who choose to still visit public spaces, signage reminds individuals to wash their hands often and avoid touching common surfaces, provide others with a distance of at least two metres (two arms’ lengths) at all times, share the trail and warn other trail users as they pass.
Niagara Parks Police will also be increasing their presence at public areas that have continued to draw guests, including Table Rock Centre, Dufferin Islands and the Niagara Glen to help remind guests of the measures we should all be taking to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Niagara Parks’ website and Guest Services Centre remain open and available. Guests are encouraged to contact email@example.com with any questions, concerns or requests.