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Windsor Adjusts Recreation Services with Stay-at-Home Order

The City of Windsor is adjusting the use of public spaces in conjunction with the Province of Ontario’s new Stay-at-Home Order.

Virtual Programming:
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has confirmed the current provincial guidelines, which advise against the City of Windsor offering any form of “day camp” programming during the school break scheduled for next week. As a result, the City of Windsor will now offer virtual programing to support parents in need of creative outlets for students during the school break.

Virtual Spring Day Camp – Monday April 12, 2021, through Friday, April 16, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Talented day camp staff will offer online opportunities for children ages 5 through 14, including crafts, games, and special activities.

Virtual Spring Programming – The City of Windsor is also offering a variety of online programming including the “Home Alone” Program (8 to 12 years), “Learn to Babysit” (ages 12 and up) and Dance Class for all ages. Programs will be offered in the evening beginning the week of April 19, 2021. Residents are required to register in advance to be able to participate.

Registration for Virtual Spring Day Camp is now available, and Spring Programming registration will begin the week of April 12, 2021. All of our staff are certified in the High Five Principles of Healthy Child Development. To register please, visit www.ActiveWindsor.ca.

These virtual programs will serve as a pilot to this format, and, should community response warrant, additional youth and adult programs will be considered in the weeks ahead.

Outdoor Spaces:
Consistent with public health guidelines, the City of Windsor has halted the issuance of outdoor community permits until further notice to comply with Ontario’s updated Stay-at-Home Order.

In March, the City of Windsor launched an online expression of interest form to permit City Council expanded use of Lanspeary Park to offer charitable organizations access to this space during select weekends to ensure that they can host fundraising events to benefit their operations in our community. More than two dozen different qualifying organizations submitted proposals prior to the March 19, 2021, deadline. Until public health guidelines change, the City of Windsor will be suspending the Lanspeary Park program and will continue to work with the charitable and non-profit sectors to ensure complimentary space rentals can be accommodated once the Ontario government’s pandemic restrictions are re-evaluated.

While community centres, arenas and pools remain closed due to the current global pandemic, City administration continues to plan for future re-opening opportunities, when public health conditions allow and encourages everyone to take advantage of our parks and trails while keeping social distancing and COVID-19 hygiene in mind at all times.

The City of Windsor is investing a historic $17.5 million in the Parks & Recreation Department in 2021 to help provide the public services and amenities that promote healthy, active lifestyles and increase local quality of life.

Visit CityWindsor.ca/COVID-19 for the latest municipal information. We also have a list of Frequently Asked Questions that can help answer some questions you might have or might not have thought of.

Our community partners at the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit also have an excellent website with information on the latest health advice and local information on COVID-19, including the latest on vaccination operations in Windsor-Essex.

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