Playgrounds and basketball hoops throughout Delta, including those on Delta School District property, will reopen today.
The City of Delta made the announcement last Thursday, saying the move is part of the its phased approach to reopening public amenities to continue to limit the spread of COVID-19.
In early May, the city opened sport courts, turf fields, and other outdoor amenities like disc golf and lawn bowling. More recently, skate parks and bike parks reopened.
According to Delta, the safe use practices at these amenities exhibited by residents have allowed for the reopening of playgrounds and basketball hoops.
“I am very proud of the community for our combined efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19,” said Mayor George Harvie in a news release. “The actions of all individuals are serving to protect the community as a whole and have allowed us to move forward with safe phased reopening of outdoor recreation amenities. I am excited to see kids back on playgrounds, experiencing the simple joys of being kids.”
Delta school board chair Val Windsor said district maintenance teams would put basketball hoops back in place at all school sites.
“We ask parents to ensure that their children practice safe physical distancing while using the school playgrounds and hard courts, and wash their hands or use hand sanitizer afterwards to reduce the risk of COVID-19,” said Windsor.
Delta officials say it is imperative that all users of these newly opened outdoor amenities follow the posted signage, adhere to guidelines for safety and cooperate with Delta’s park ambassadors who will continue to educate patrons about physical distancing.