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RDKB Parks and outdoor facilities closed in response to COVID-19

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary has closed outdoor facilities and parks across the region to limit the potential for spread of COVID-19. This includes the new pickleball courts in Oasis in Electoral Area B/Lower Columbia-Old Glory near Trail and 10 other parks across the Kootenay-Boundary. — Submitted photo

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary has closed its outdoors facilities to discourage social contact in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19. Closure signs have been posted in Grand Forks, Christina Lake, Rivervale, Oasis, Casino, Genelle, Fruitvale and Beaver Valley.

 The following outdoor facilities are closed to the public until further notice:

  • Rivervale Park
  • Oasis Park and Pickleball Courts
  • Casino Park
  • Mazzochi Park and soccer field in Fruitvale
  • Beaver Valley Family Park
  • Beaver Valley Skatepark
  • Genelle Park
  • The outdoor fitness area adjacent to the Grand Forks and District Aquatic Centre
  • Playground behind the Christina Lake Welcome Centre
  • Playground at the corner of Niemi and Park Roads in Christina Lake
  • Pickleball and tennis courts in Christina Lake that don’t open until later in the spring will remain closed until further notice.

 “We don’t take closure of our outdoor facilities lightly, especially since the weather is warming up, snow is finally melting and we know people are itching to get outdoors. We just cannot take any risks with our staff or among residents who could come into close contact by using these facilities right now,“said James Chandler, General Manager of Operations for the RDKB.

 “Our efforts are making a difference for our healthcare facilities and providers and as a local government we need to do everything we can to support provincial orders for social distancing,” said Diane Langman, Chair, RDKB Board of Directors.

"Closing these parks is another step to plank the curve. We may be starting to make progress and we have to keep it up."

 The RDKB will continue to provide updates regularly and further information about our response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as well as important community links are available at emergency.rdkb.com.