Healthy and Active Winter Possible Thanks to Recreation Safety Precautions
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Healthy and Active Winter Possible Thanks to Recreation Safety Precautions

As temperatures begin to drop, the City of Windsor is supporting residents’ efforts to remain physically and mentally fit despite pandemic-related restrictions. 

While prioritizing the health and safety of recreation facility users and staff, the Recreation and Culture Department continues to provide additional programming options. In addition to offering aquatic and arena services, the City of Windsor has cautiously increased services to include adult and youth programming. The additional programming offerings includes yoga, tai chi, karate and pre/post school programs for children and youth.

Recent stats shows that uptake is growing, and growing without incident: 

  • 76% of prime ice time is being used at the WFCU Centre and Capri Pizzeria Recreation Complex.
  • 13 adult programs are offered and operating at 80% capacity.
  • 11 youth programs are currently at 56% capacity.
  • The after-school program is operating at 66% capacity.
  • Aquatic fit lane rentals are at 50% capacity.
  • Aquafit classes are at 33% capacity.

“We’ve instituted a number of COVID-19 safety precautions, including social distancing, hand sanitizing stations, directional arrows and more,” said Recreation Executive Director Ray Mensour. “And we’ll continue to work with the local health unit during this pandemic, as ensuring the safety of our visitors and our staff is of the utmost importance.”

Additional program offerings will be considered based on resident demand and advice from local and provincial public health officials. For a full list of recreation activities currently available, visit

For the outdoor enthusiast, there are more than 130 kilometres of paved park trails across the City of Windsor, so with appropriate attire, walking, running and even cycling will continue to be year-round options. 

“Years ago, we began investing in widening and paving the pathways in our parks,” said Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens. “We wanted them to be available year-round for our residents. Well this winter, COVID-19 could make that outdoor investment more important than ever.”

The City’s two outdoor skating rinks are in the early preparation stages and will both be open to residents in December.

For local health and safety information on COVID-19, visit the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit website. For more information on municipal matters related to COVID-19, contact 311 or visit

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