City of Windsor Red-Control Service Delivery Update
Planning Underway for Gradual Re-openings
The City of Windsor is moving forward with careful re-opening of outdoor skating rinks, as Windsor-Essex has now entered the “Red-Control” zone of the Province of Ontario’s COVID-19 response framework. At this time, no additional service changes are anticipated until public health officials reclassify the region into “Orange-Restrict.” The outdoor Lanspeary Lions Rink will open by Wednesday evening, February 17, and the Charles Clark Square rink by Monday, February 22, 2021, weather permitting.
The City is taking additional precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by allowing for a maximum of only 10 skaters per session. In keeping with current provincial regulatory requirements, free public skating will be available by advance reservation only at ActiveWindsor.ca. Registration for Lanspeary Lions Rink opens today at 4 p.m.
COVID-19 protocol will be in place, and participants are asked to arrive for their reserved time no more than 10 minutes early. Participants will be required to physically distance and to wear a mask or face covering while at the rinks, including while on the ice. City of Windsor staff will be on site to check skaters in, provide pre-screening and admit them to the ice. Washrooms are available, but no additional facilities are open at this time.
Reserved sessions will be one hour in length with 30 minutes in between sessions for staff to groom the ice surface and provide enhanced cleaning prior to the start of the next session.
The schedule at each rink, Monday to Friday, will include skating sessions starting at 4 p.m. with last session starting at 8:30 p.m., and weekends will have the first session starting at 8:00 a.m. and last session starting at 8:30 p.m. The schedule and conclusion of the season are all dependent on outdoor temperatures and any potential changes to pandemic regulations.
The City of Windsor will continue to offer 15 minutes of free parking to those using the free Passport parking app at City meters, to help with takeout orders outside of restaurants. Simply enter Zone #3800.
While the region remains in “Red-Control,” the City of Windsor will not be opening any activities at municipal pools, arenas or recreation centres.
Parks and recreation staff are taking steps to prepare for future adjustments to public health guidance, including preparing facilities and staff for selective reopening once the region reaches “Orange-Restrict.”
After-school programming resumed on Monday, February 8 and remains available. Parents may still sign children up for programing, offered at Windsor Water World, Capri Pizzeria Recreation Complex, Adie Knox Herman Recreation Complex and Gino & Liz Marcus Community Complex. For more information, please call your preferred location.
As a result of the rescheduling of “March Break” to occur in April 2021, City staff are planning for the potential offering of a limited day camp for area children and students. More information will be released in the coming weeks.
Even when further re-openings occur in Windsor-Essex, it is anticipated that the WFCU Centre will remain closed to the public, as it is presently being assessed for possible use as a mass-vaccination clinic.
“The last thing we want to see happen is for this gradual re-opening to become the cause of community spread of COVID-19 when the vaccination plan is on the horizon. At the same time, we are pleased that we can now offer outdoor skating that Windsor families can enjoy safely at Lanspeary Park and Charles Clark Square.” - Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens
“Recreation staff have already started to plan ahead for potential future re-openings. When public health officials further adjust Windsor-Essex guidelines, then further service level changes may be possible. Our primary focus is to ensure that any activities offered by the City of Windsor can be done in a way that protects the safety of residents and staff.” - Ray Mensour, Executive Director, Recreation & Culture