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COVID-19 UPDATES

Information Update from City of Chilliwack

By City of Chilliwack 06/04/2020, 10:30am PDT

Good morning,

We have some exciting news!

Since the provincial government moved into Phase Two of the COVID-19 guidelines the City of Chilliwack has been working diligently behind the scenes collaborating with a number of organizations and municipalities to establish a way we can move forward and in a manner that hold the safety of our clients and staff as the top priority. Initially local governments closed all our outdoor and indoor facilities as a way to support Dr. Bonnie Henry’s direction and the Provincial edicts which had placed, and still has, the province under emergency order.

With the moving into Phase Two we have strategically started to open some of our outdoor facilities starting with skateboard parks, courts and we are now able to inform you that effective June 11, 2020 users will be able to book our grass facilities. This date will allow our Parks division, the required, five working days to groom the fields so that they are ready for bookings. We do ask until that date all users (organized or not) remain off the fields to ensure no damage is done.

All regular users will be given priority in the bookings however in order to be able to allow others access we ask that the regular users contact our office via email prior to 9:00am Monday June 8, 2020 informing us of your commitment to play. After that the City will begin booking the facility on a first-come-first served basis.

The City of Chilliwack will not be monitoring execution of play in regards to the COVID-19 provincial guidelines and suggest that if you are looking for safe ways to implement your activities you contact your Provincial Sport Organization, other sport sanctioning bodies or any of the following resources:

BC CDC
ViaSport
BCRPA
WorkSafe BC
Fraser Health Authority

We must be reminded that these actions do not mean we are moving back to the “normal” as we knew it. There is still a serious health threat out there and these actions are put in place to help establish a “new normal”. At any time plans may need to change.

In times such as these being able to recreate and not have the means to do so created a challenge we did not anticipate. We can not thank you enough for your patience, respect and responsible acts as we worked through this.

If you have any questions in regards to this communique please do not hesitate to contact me via an email reply or by contacting the Recreation and Culture Department at 604-793-2904. To confirm your intent to play or to book please contact any of the following:

Ricki-Lee Harris  at harris@chilliwack.com
Kristy Hahn at hahn@chilliwack.com
Lorie Hill at hill@chilliwack.com


Best regards,

 
Carol Marleau | Manager of Recreation Services and Corporate Wellness | Recreation & Culture - Administration
P: 604-793-2964 | F: 604.795.8443 | E: marleau@chilliwack.com
City of Chilliwack | 8550 Young Road, Chilliwack, BC, Canada V2P 8A4 | www.chilliwack.com

 

Information Update from City of Chilliwack

By City of Chilliwack 06/01/2020, 2:30pm PDT

Good afternoon to all,

I just wanted to take a moment, and on behalf of the Recreation and Culture department, to inform all of our user groups as to where we are sitting in regards to re-opening our facilities and establishing a “new norm” in their use.

The City of Chilliwack is in constant communication with an number of entities as well as working collaborative with other municipalities to establish a plan as to how to effectively re open to ensure that the safety of the patron and staff is paramount. Behind the scenes the landscape has been changing and we are trying to stay on top of those changes. Each facility has it’s own considerations and therefore our plan needs to be methodical and strategic so as to not have to close up again. Outdoor facility considerations do not translate directly to indoor facilities for example different cleaning protocols need to be put in place and based on Worksafe BC guidelines.

Although Recreation and Culture are in some form of communication with ViaSport and the BCRPA we will not be approving any user groups “return to play” plan and will be leaving that up to each particular group.

Please be assured that we are taking this very seriously as we would love to have everyone back recreating knowing it is one of the best ways to help us get through the pandemic. We ask you for your patience and just know we want this to happen as soon as possible.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact myself or you can contact Ryan Mulligan at mulligan@chilliwack.com . For frequent updates please feel free to check out the City of Chilliwack’s website as our communications team is working diligently to keep the site updated with all relevant COVID-19 related information.

In the meantime stay safe.

Sincerely,

Carol Marleau | Manager of Recreation Services and Corporate Wellness | Recreation & Culture - Administration

P: 604-793-2964 | F: 604.795.8443 | E: marleau@chilliwack.com
City of Chilliwack | 8550 Young Road, Chilliwack, BC, Canada V2P 8A4 | www.chilliwack.com

Cancellation of 2020 Season

By dougt 05/28/2020, 1:00pm PDT

As I am sure you are all aware by now, the Jolly Miller 2020 season has been cancelled. This decision was not one taken lightly by our Executive Group and we worked up until the end with all governing bodies to try to make some semblance of a season a go. At the end of the day, with so much uncertainty on a day to day basis, there was just no way to definitively identify an opening date.

Thank you all for your patience and understanding through this time. Many people have reached out to me personally with reassurance that at the end of the day the final decision was the right one and I thank you for that. I also thank the executive group for all of their input and suggestions while we were bouncing ideas around.

See you all for the 2021 Jolly Miller Season.

 

Thank you,

 

Doug Thompson

Information Update - May 25, 2020

By Chilliwack Slo-Pitch 05/25/2020, 7:15am PDT

The Wildlife League and 2-Pitch League have both cancelled their 2020 seasons.  The Jolly Miller League Executive is currently working on a plan to get a partial season in but it is contingent on the fields being opened in a timely manner.  The City is following the guidelines set out by the Provincial Government, the British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association and viaSPORT BC to determine when opening the fields will be feasible.

2020 Wildlife League Season Cancelled

By smoore 05/21/2020, 9:00am PDT

In light of the current circumstances with COVID-19 restrictions, we asked all our team reps to let us know if/when restrictions were lifted whether they would want to play out the remainder of the season or not.  Based on the responses we received, the majority of the teams have said they did not want to play this year either because it wasn't worth the risk or they couldn't field a team .  Considering this, unfortunately we are going to cancel the 2020 Wildlife League season

We apologize to the handful of teams that responded that they did want to play this year but with the logistics of trying to abide by social distancing guidelines, the uncertainty of when the fields were going to open and the headache of the unknown liability issues, we just felt it was a bit too much for the volunteer members of the League Executive to take on.  The reality of it all is that even if we were given the go-ahead at the beginning of June, we wouldn’t start playing games right away which would mean that with the Canada Day holiday falling on a Wednesday, we would only have 5 or 6 games per team anyway.

Here's hoping that the Ladies and Men's Leagues will be able to their seasons in so there is opportunity at least for people to get on the field this year.

Thanks to all the team reps for your input.  We will see you all in 2021!

Stay safe & wash your hands.

Sean Moore
Chilliwack Wildlife Slo-Pitch League
https://www.chilliwackslopitch.ca/

Information Update - May 8, 2020

By Chilliwack Slo-Pitch 05/08/2020, 12:30pm PDT

Based on the amount of emails, texts and phone calls we have received after the BC's Restart Plan press conference on May 6, 2020, it is clear that there are a lot of people who are anxious to start playing ball.  Unfortunately there weren't many specifics given on when and how this restart plan is to happen.  The Province will provide their recommendations to the City and the City in turn will evaluate when to re-open the fields.  We have been given assurance by the City that they will provide us information on a timely basis in order to plan out our games.  There is also the issue of how games will be played once we are given the go-ahead to start playing again.  NSA have provided their guidelines as to how the games are to be played when restrictions are lifted while SPN is waiting on the recommendations of the Provincial Health Authority before they recommend anything.

All in all, we will endeavour to keep everyone apprised of news as we receive it from the respective authorities.

Information Update - April 3, 2020

By Chilliwack Slo-Pitch 04/03/2020, 11:45am PDT

The City of Chilliwack has extended playing field closures until May 31st. 

The City has moved forward with additional closures and are cancelling all bookings for the month of May to meet the Chief Medical Officer's directive for social distancing and complying with gatherings of less than 50.

Information Update - March 23, 2020

By Chilliwack Slo-Pitch 03/23/2020, 1:00pm PDT

The City of Chilliwack has extended playing field closures until April 30th. 

We will continue to monitor the situation and will provide updates when we have additional information.

Information Update - March 17, 2020

By Chilliwack Slo-Pitch 03/17/2020, 11:45am PDT

The 2020 Slo-Pitch season has been postponed until further notice!

The City of Chilliwack has cancelled all bookings at outdoor playing fields and will be issuing credits or refunds to user groups who had previously booked field space. 

https://www.chilliwack.com/main/page.cfm?id=37&prshow=details&prid=420

League Executives will contact team reps with a status on league fees refunds once it has been determined the how long the season will be postponed.

Information Update - March 16, 2020

By Chilliwack Slo-Pitch 03/16/2020, 9:45am PDT

The BC Centre for Disease Control is encouraging groups of less than 50 people to engage in their recreational and leisure activities while practising common sense approaches to prevent infection and transmission.

http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/community-settings/recreation-facilities

At this point we have not cancelled any games as they typically involve less than 50 people at each diamond (with the exception of the 2-Pitch League which has postponed their season). 

The Executives of the Jolly Miller League and the Wildlife League are continuing to monitor the situation and will follow the recommendations of the Public Health Authorities and the City of Chilliwack if there are further restrictions. 

Please check back here daily as we will endeavour to stay on top of the Public Health Authorities recommendations.