Richmond Hill Offers More To Do in Stage Three

Richmond Hill, like other Ontario municipalities has been able to move to stage 3 in the reopening of more facilities and amenities that were closed down as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Below are the top seven things residents need to know about Stage 3 in Richmond Hill: 
 
1)    Playgrounds reopened on July 31st.
Richmond Hill has now reopened its 130 playgrounds, as well as all outdoor exercise equipment. Residents should bring their own hand sanitizer as playgrounds and exercise equipment are not disinfected. 
These are just two of the many park amenities available to residents to enjoy now including splash pads, trails, tennis courts, skate parks and more!
 
2)    Residents enjoyed free drive-in concert series
The City hosted three drive-in concerts in August which provided an opportunity for the community to come together to enjoy traditional Concerts in the Park events from the comfort of their vehicles and spend some quality family time in a physically distant environment. Concerts took place in the Tom Graham Arena parking lot.
 
3)    We’ve got exciting Virtual and Park Adventure programs
This summer the City was happy to provide a variety of recreation options to keep children active, engage their imaginations and unleash their creativity while at home or in a physically distant environment. These programs included Virtual programming for ages 4 to 14 including theatre, Junior LIT, art, dance, poetry and a parent/caregiver and child programs. Participants interacted with instructors through Zoom, and learned new skills and work towards a goal such as a virtual performance, art show, poetry session and more. Richmond Hill was also able to offer an Adventure program at Phyllis Rawlinson Park where our Recreation staff led participants through nature activities, as well as arts and crafts specifically designed for kids to have fun while maintaining physical distancing. For full information on our current and upcoming Recreation programs visit RichmondHill.ca/RecGuide.
 
4)    Work to gradually open more recreational facilities has begun
The City has now opened Oak Ridges Community Centre fitness studio (weight room only) and Centennial Pool for lane and leisure swims
Capacity will be limited and residents will be required to reserve their workout and/or swim times online prior to visiting the facilities. More details will be available closer to the opening dates. 
In September, additional facilities are expected to reopen and the City is planning to offer drop-in recreation opportunities with a limited capacity. Online reservations will be required. Modified recreation programs are targeted to begin in the fall. For up to date information visit https://www.richmondhill.ca/en/things-to-do/Community-Recreation-Guide.aspx
 
5)    Municipal Offices are closed, but online and appointment-only services are available
The main Municipal Offices (225 East Beaver Creek Rd.) remain closed to the public. However, the Access Richmond Hill contact centre is available to respond to general inquiries by email at [email protected] or by phone at 905-771-8800, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Residents can also report a problem (e.g. missed garbage collection, streetlight out), and/or submit a general inquiry online at RichmondHill.ca/Access
Residents can also access many other City services online, by phone or by appointment. Some examples include an online application for residential building permitsonline permit process for residents to park for free at Lake Wilcox Park; scheduled appointments to process marriage licences; and an online screening review or phone appointments to dispute a by-law penalty notice.
Note that the Operations Centre at 1200 Elgin Mills Rd. East is now open for Blue Bin and Green Bin replacement. For more information and hours of operation visit www.richmondhill.ca/en/our-services/Garbage-Tags-and-Bins.aspx
 
6)    Health and safety precautions are being put in place
The City is taking measures to protect staff and residents as facilities reopen and we thank everyone in advance for their cooperation. Visitors are asked not to attend a facility if they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, have recently travelled internationally, or have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19.
At City facilities, visitors will be required to sign in for contact tracing purposes. Face masks or coverings are required in all enclosed public spaces (with some exceptions). Signage will be posted throughout facilities, including floor markers, to reinforce physical distancing and other health and safety guidelines. Plexiglas barriers have been installed at front counter service areas and hand sanitizer stations will be available at all entrances.
 
7) Oak Ridges Community Centre
Beginning September 14, the City is offering recreational swimming, drop-in activities and fitness classes at the Oak Ridges Community Centre. Registration is now open and spots must be reserved in advance online at RichmondHill.ca/RecGuide. For your convenience, a new monthly, auto-renewing FitPass for adults and seniors is now available for purchase. With this prepaid FitPass, you can reserve unlimited spots at the fitness studio, for a fitness class or swim time (subject to availability). For details, visit RichmondHill.ca/Fitness.
 
8) Modified recreation programs begin on September 20
Starting September 20, the City will be running shortened in-person recreation program sessions (four to five weeks per session) for preschoolers, children and adults. Programs include dance (preschool and children), guitar, art, sports and our popular Adventure Series. The number of spots for each session will be limited to ensure physical distancing. Registration will open on September 14. For details, visit RichmondHill.ca/RecGuide.
 
9) Virtual programs to open for registration in October
To help residents continue to stay active at home, the City will be offering a wide variety of virtual programs for preschoolers to older adults, including computer skills, science, technology and music. Registration will open in October. For details, visit RichmondHill.ca/RecGuide.
 
10) Virtual Celebration for David Hamilton Park and Ed Sackfield Arena and Fitness Centre
Work is now complete at David Hamilton Park and the new wing at Ed Sackfield Arena and Fitness Centre. The park and playground are now open to enjoy and the new indoor track and fitness centre are expected to open this fall. But residents can join us for a sneak preview of the new amenities at the virtual celebration on Saturday, September 19 at 9 a.m. Visit RichmondHill.ca/VirtualCelebration for details.
 
11) Health and safety precautions
The City is taking measures to protect staff and residents as facilities reopen and we thank everyone in advance for their cooperation. Visitors are asked not to attend a facility if they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, have recently travelled internationally, or have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19.
 
At City facilities, visitors will be required to sign in for contact tracing purposes and complete a COVID-19 self-assessment before entering. Face masks or coverings are required in all enclosed public spaces (with some exceptions). Signage will be posted throughout facilities, including floor markers, to reinforce physical distancing and other health and safety guidelines. Plexiglas barriers have been installed at front counter service areas and hand sanitizer stations will be available at all entrances.
 
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