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Information Update from City of Chilliwack

By City of Chilliwack, 06/04/20, 10:30AM PDT

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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