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Municipality begins opening parks and outdoor recreation spaces

(Fort McMurray, AB – May 15, 2020) – As phase 1 of Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy is underway, the Municipality’s parks and outdoor recreation spaces will begin to open in a phased approach.

“Our community has done a good job following public health orders and recommendations, allowing us to begin reopening parks and outdoor recreation spaces,” said Scott Davis, RMWB Director of Emergency Management. “However, COVID-19 is still present in Alberta and we must continue to keep our guard up. We are counting on community members to use parks and outdoor recreation spaces responsibly. If this doesn’t happen, we will close these amenities again.”  


The following Municipal outdoor recreation spaces and amenities are open for public use:

  • Green spaces in Municipal parks
  • Basketball courts
  • Ball diamonds without gates
  • Cricket fields
  • Running tracks
  • Soccer fields and other sporting fields
  • Skateboard parks
  • Trails and walkways

In areas affected by the April flood, these amenities are still closed. Crews continue to clean and assess the damage from the flood. Once this process is complete, the amenities listed above will be reopened in flood affected areas.

Continue to practice physical distancing by staying two meters away from others while using outdoor recreation spaces.

Community members should not be gathering in large groups. Gatherings of 15 people or more are strictly prohibited. In gatherings of 15 people or less, you must continue to practice physical distancing.

Residents are advised to limit touching of hard surfaces in parks and outdoor spaces as they are not sanitized. Please continue to practice good hygiene by washing hands frequently and by carrying and using hand sanitizer.    

Organized sports, activities and pick-up games are not permitted at this time. Activities in public spaces should not include the sharing of equipment, unless the individuals are from the same household or cohort family.

Do not use parks and outdoor recreation spaces if you are feeling sick. If you are feeling sick, please stay home and complete the Alberta Health Services online assessment.


The following Municipal outdoor recreation spaces and amenities remain closed:

  • Ball diamonds with gates
  • Boat launches
  • Dog parks
  • Community gardens
  • Municipal playgrounds
  • Spray parks
  • Tennis Courts

Details for reopening these amenities will be announced in the upcoming days. Opening dog parks, community gardens and boat launches remains a priority and will be opened as soon as it is safe to do so. 

Updated signage is in the process of being installed to reflect these changes.

Additional information about these service changes and the Municipal response to COVID-19, is available at rmwb.ca/COVID-19.  As Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy progresses, Municipal services will continue to be adjusted to align with the Chief Medical Officer of Health’s Public Health Orders and recommendations.

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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