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Municipal parks close, trails remain open as response to COVID-19 continues

(Fort McMurray, AB – March 23, 2020) – Effective immediately, all Municipal parks in the region are closed to the public until further notice.  While parks are closed, residents may continue to use the walkways in these areas, but usage of Park amenities, including fields or green spaces, is strictly prohibited. 

“I understand that these are aggressive steps to be taking, but by putting these precautionary measures in place now, we will help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect our community,” said Mayor Don Scott. “Everyone has a role to play and it’s important that residents respect these closures, follow public health recommendations and continue to work together.” 

Municipal trails and walkways in the region will continue to be available, with residents strongly reminded to follow all public health recommendations in place, particularly social distancing, when in these areas. Pet owners are reminded that dogs and other animals must be on a leash when travelling on Municipal trails and walkways. 

The following is a list of the Municipal outdoor areas and amenities that are temporarily closed to the public: 


  • All Municipal Parks in the region, including dog parks 
  • All Municipal playgrounds 
  • Ball diamonds
  • Basketball courts
  • Community gardens 
  • Cricket Pitches 
  • Gazebos 
  • Lions Park Skating Trail
  • Outdoor rinks 
  • Picnic areas
  • Rectangular sporting fields – soccer, football, and rugby
  • Running tracks 
  • Skateboard parks 
  • Spray parks 
  • Tennis courts 
  • Volleyball courts  

Signage is being installed to reflect the current closures of parks and outdoor areas in the region.  

Additional information about these closures and all Municipal service changes in response to COVID-19, is available at rmwb.ca/COVID-19.  As this situation continues to evolve, other services may be adjusted to manage resources effectively. 

Alberta Health Services remains the trusted authority and primary information source on updates on COVID-19. Factual, up-to date information will continue to be available on the AHS website, alberta.ca/covid19.

For further information or questions, contact PULSE at 780-743-7000, toll-free 1-800-973-9663 or online at rmwb.ca/pulse


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