Water parks and summer camps to reopen in Nanaimo area

Water parks and summer camps to reopen in Nanaimo area
City of Nanaimo
The City of Nanaimo's Deverill Square Park seen in 2015.

Some semblance of a normal summer is about to return to the Nanaimo area.

The City of Nanaimo has announced that water parks will be reopening on June 18 while the Regional District of Nanaimo announced that summer camps will return next month.

The water parks located within the city limits that will reopen on June 18 are Harewood Centennial Park, Deverill Square Park, Departure Bay Kiwanis Park and Mansfield Park.

They will be open from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m., according to a media release issued by the City of Nanaimo.

“The water used at water parks is fresh and is not recycled. It is important to note, however, that while the parks are cleaned and maintained on a regular schedule, the spray park equipment is not being cleaned or disinfected on a daily basis,” the city said in its release.

The city is reminding patrons to adhere to physical distancing guidelines and other health and safety measures that have been ordered by the provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry. They’re also reminding people not to visit the parks if they have been sick, come in contact with someone who is or has recently been sick, or if they are immunocompromised.

It is strongly recommended that park users wash their hands properly before coming to the park and after leaving and to bring their own hand sanitizer or antiseptic wipes.

Meanwhile, in a separate media release, the Regional District of Nanaimo said it is preparing to relaunch its in-person recreation programs and facility operations, which includes summer camps.

RDN summer camp registration will available for full or partial day camps in Qualicum Beach, Parksville and Nanoose starting on June 18.

Camps will run from July 6 until Sept. 4 and will have a “focus on free play or a specific sport or activity” the release said.

For more information or to register for an RDN camp program visit www.rdn.bc.ca/recreation Information regarding the City of Nanaimo’s waterparks reopening can be found at www.nanaimo.ca


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