Fredericton residents will soon be able to enjoy sports fields, ball fields and select playgrounds

Since the Fredericton area has entered the Yellow Phase of COVID-19 recovery, City staff have been developing operational plans relating to sports fields, ball fields and playgrounds in order to provide residents with safe opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Opening dates are subject to change with further direction from the Province of New Brunswick.

Sports fields (soccer fields and artificial turf fields) and Ball fields (softball and baseball)

Sports fields and ball fields will be open to the public for unscheduled use as of June 8, 2020. Group bookings or scheduled use will start June 15. City staff will be erecting appropriate safety signage at the fields. Recreational programming and sport-specific maintenance, such as grooming and field lines, will only take place once operational plans submitted by sport user groups have been evaluated and accepted by City staff.

The Dirt Jump Bike Skills Park at the Grant Harvey Centre will open on June 5.

Playgrounds

The City will open playgrounds at destination parks, skate parks, and exercise parks. They will be sanitized and open to the public as of June 8, 2020. Safety signage reminding people to observe COVID-19 safety precautions will be in place.

The City’s twelve destination playground locations are:

  • Henry Park
  • Killarney Lake Park (no supervised swimming until after June 21)
  • Kimble Drive Park
  • Odell Park
  • Queen Square Park
  • Royal Road Park
  • Wilmot Park
  • Henry Skate Park
  • Kimble Skate Park
  • Mitch Clarke Skate Park
  • Northside Fitness Park (Henry)
  • Southside Fitness Park (University)

“The safety of residents is the City’s top priority, which is why we’ve adopted this deliberate phased approach,” said Mike Walker, Assistant Director of Engineering and Operations. “With summer on the way and the weather warming up, we want to provide folks with as many opportunities to enjoy the outdoors as possible, while staying safe.”

Basketball courts and other city playground infrastructure will remain closed until further notice.