City Hall Report With Mayor Kathryn McGarry
A News Update And Community Message from Mayor Kathryn McGarry
With today being September 11, I can't help but reflect back and think of the people who lost their lives and the courage of the frontline and emergency responders. While this terrorist attack was like nothing we have ever experienced, our front line workers have similarly rushed to assist during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As we all enter into the fall season, our kids return to school and we begin to reopen our recreation facilities, we must remain vigilant to avoid a large ripple of a second wave. We must continue to physically distance, wear our masks, wash our hands and be kind to one another as we continue to navigate uncharted territories.
Take care, stay safe and be kind.
Mayor Kathryn McGarry
None Of Us Will Forget The Tragedy Of 9-11
Recreation, Rentals And More
Indoor recreation facilities, programs and rental bookings re-opening throughout September
As the City continues to transition through Stage 3 of the provincial reopening framework, recreation facilities, older adult centres, arenas, and programs are beginning to re-open starting early September. Rental booking for city spaces will also resume this month.
This is our biggest milestone yet since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the past several months, we’ve offered numerous recreation activities online through our #RecFromHome program but I know a lot of people are eager to get back to participating in person. Staff have developed a plan that will allow for the careful and safe re-opening of these services and we’re excited to welcome the community back into our rec centres.
Earlier this summer, the City reopened various outdoor facilities, including tennis and basketball courts, disc golf, skateboard facilities, the dog park, picnic shelters, two pools and three splash pads. As with these amenities, residents can expect new safety measures in place, including: reduced capacity, enhanced cleaning, traffic flow signage, and physical distancing requirements.
Recreation facilities and older adult centres
All recreation facilities including older adult centres and the Centre for the Arts will re-open as of September 21, with the exception of John Dolson and WG Johnson Centre: the John Dolson Centre has been open since July and the Johnson Centre re-opened as of September 8.
As part of the City’s phased, gradual approach to re-opening, there will be several temporary operational changes at some of the centres. To start, the Cambridge Centre for the Arts, David Durward Centre and Allan Reuter Centre will operate on a reduced schedule with the arts centre and Durward buildings remaining closed on Mondays and Fridays, and the Allan Reuter Centre on Mondays and Tuesdays. The William Pautler Centre will initially open for pickleball only, with the possible opening of the condition centre at a future date. As capacity builds and need is established, these temporary measures will be reviewed and adjusted as required.
Recreation programs and swim lessons
In-person programs, swim lessons, and drop-ins are back for the fall. Residents can start browsing activities as of Tuesday, Sept. 8 at the rec link below. Registration for swim lessons will begin on Saturday, Sept. 12 with registration for all non-aquatic programs opening on Wednesday, Sept. 23.
To help monitor class sizes and ensure proper distancing, residents will be required to sign up for drop-in classes before joining. Sign-ups will open online for each drop-in activity seven days before the scheduled class. Participants can sign up online or by visiting the Service Cambridge counter at City Hall.
The following three City arenas will re-open on September 8: Hespeler Memorial Arena, Galt Arena Gardens and Preston Memorial Auditorium. Additional space will also be utilized for City bookings at the Cambridge Ice Park resulting in a total of six bookable rinks.
Due to Provincial guidelines, only Minor Sports Groups will be permitted bookings at this time. Staff will continue to monitor provincial and public health recommendations to work towards bringing back public skating and adult user groups. Staff will also continue to review overall arena use and will open more facilities dependent on future demand and provided it is safe to do so.
One parent or guardian per skater will be permitted as a spectator. All spectators will be required to adhere to designated seating and wear a mask or face covering at all times when in the facility.
Room rentals at City facilities will resume as of Monday, Sept. 21. Those wishing to book a space will be required to adhere to enhanced safety measures to help protect their guests and staff. For those who already had a booking scheduled, staff will be reaching out to advise on next steps.
The City will continue to determine how to safely reopen additional services and amenities as needed using a staged approach, guided by the advice and direction of Public Health officials and in coordination with the Region of Waterloo and area municipalities.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, further adjustments may be necessary at a future date. The City is committed to providing recreation opportunities and will continue working to develop alternative solutions whenever possible when needed.
For more information, call Service Cambridge at 519-623-1340 or visit www.cambridge.ca/recreation.
Anti-human trafficking strategy 2020-2025
On Tuesday, Sept. 8, I joined the Women’s Trucking Federation of Canada for the launch of an important public awareness campaign. This campaign is in partnership with Ontario’s #KnowHumanTrafficking anti-human trafficking strategy 2020-2025.
After several roundtable sessions on human trafficking followed by discussions with MPP Natalia Kusendova, Women's Trucking Federation of Canada developed this campaign to strengthen the Ontario government’s strategy of engaging the attention of the public and raising awareness of the issue.
The message will be displayed on a fully-wrapped 53-ft trailer, which will deliver the message across Canada and cross-border while also broadcasting the number for the Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline.
The eye-catching and impactful wrap was designed by Motive Media in collaboration with Sharp Transportation Systems Inc. who also donated the trailer for the campaign.
For more info about Women’s Trucking Federation of Canada and the #KnowHumanTrafficking public awareness campaign:
Please contact WTFC
Regular parking enforcement resumed in the downtown core areas on Tuesday, September 8, including enforcement of paid parking and all parking time limits.
To support the community during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City limited the enforcement of downtown core area parking regulations between March 18 and September 7 to only infractions that prevented traffic movement and safety.
For more information on parking including general rules, permits, and enforcement, visit www.cambridge.ca/parking. Read this news update on our website.
Sixteenth Annual Healthy Heart Day - Staying Healthy During The Pandemic
Join me on Saturday, Oct. 3 for this free event to learn from the professionals on how to stay healthy during the pandemic.