STC Framework for Recovery: Facilities and Amenities

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Under the STC Framework for Recovery the City is using a risk-based approach to guide decisions for resumption of services and reopening of facilities. Each City service has been assessed based on the criteria of safety, feasibility and community impact.

  • Safety: Can the service be delivered safely? Can the service be modified to achieve safety in delivery?
  • Feasibility: What is the cost associated with safely delivering the service? Is it fiscally responsible to expend those financial resources?
  • Community Impact: How does this service and related cost fit in the larger context of recovery for the community? Will it serve a broad section of the community? Is the service available through other partners?

Based on these criteria some facilities will not reopen to the public and some services may not resume until the risk of COVID-19 has been completely eliminated. Safety concerns, such as the necessity to use shared surfaces and limitations on the ability to provide for physical distancing, pose challenges for reopening facilities during the pandemic. Others may be delayed due to the costs associated with reopening, and how those costs compare with the community impact delivered by the facility.

As we welcome the public back to facilities and outdoor spaces we are looking to the public for their cooperation. We're all working to limit the spread of COVID-19 and we need visitors to practice physical distancing, practice good hand hygiene and observe facility guidelines to protect the safety of themselves and others.

A Staged Approach to Reopening

Take a look below for a full timeline of facility reopening. Please note all dates are tentative and subject to change based on the risk levels related to COVID-19 and direction from the Province of Ontario.

Stage 1

St. Catharines' facilities reopening: Stage one

  • St. Catharines Farmers Market and Market Square
  • Parks, open for passive use
  • Happy Rolph’s Animal Farm, open for passive park use, no animals

Stage 2

St. Catharines' facilities reopening: Stage two

  • Buchanan Hall Administrative Building: Summer 2020
  • Fire Prevention Office: Summer 2020
  • Victoria Lawn Cemetery Mausoleums: June 20, 2020
  • City Hall: Summer 2020
  • City Splash Pads: July 1, 2020
  • City Sports Fields for user groups: Phased openings beginning July 1, 2020
  • City Beaches: June 26, 2020, daytime use only, beaches closed at dusk
  • Parks, open for regular use: July 1, 2020
  • Happy Rolph’s Animal Farm, washrooms open, no animals
  • Garden City Golf Course: July 6, 2020

Stage 3

St. Catharines' facilities reopening: Stage three

  • Seymour-Hannah Sports and Entertainment Centre: Sept. 1, 2020
  • Bill Burgoyne Arena: Sept. 1, 2020 • Garden City Arena Complex: Sept. 1, 2020
  • St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Centre: Sept. 1, 2020
  • Kiwanis Field: Sept. 1, 2020
  • St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre: Sept. 1, 2020
  • Port Weller Community Centre: Sept. 1, 2020
  • Russell Avenue Community Centre: Sept. 1, 2020
  • St. Catharines Enterprise Centre: Sept. 1, 2020
  • Older Adult Centres: Oct. 1, 2020

Stage 4

St. Catharines' facilities reopening: Stage four

  • Lakeside Park Carousel: 2021
  • Morningstar Mill buildings: 2021
  • Harriet Tubman Public School programming space: 2021
  • Outdoor City Pools: 2021
  • Happy Rolph’s Animal Farm: 2021

Under the STC Framework for Recovery the City is using a risk-based approach to guide decisions for resumption of services and reopening of facilities. Each City service has been assessed based on the criteria of safety, feasibility and community impact.

  • Safety: Can the service be delivered safely? Can the service be modified to achieve safety in delivery?
  • Feasibility: What is the cost associated with safely delivering the service? Is it fiscally responsible to expend those financial resources?
  • Community Impact: How does this service and related cost fit in the larger context of recovery for the community? Will it serve a broad section of the community? Is the service available through other partners?

Based on these criteria some facilities will not reopen to the public and some services may not resume until the risk of COVID-19 has been completely eliminated. Safety concerns, such as the necessity to use shared surfaces and limitations on the ability to provide for physical distancing, pose challenges for reopening facilities during the pandemic. Others may be delayed due to the costs associated with reopening, and how those costs compare with the community impact delivered by the facility.

As we welcome the public back to facilities and outdoor spaces we are looking to the public for their cooperation. We're all working to limit the spread of COVID-19 and we need visitors to practice physical distancing, practice good hand hygiene and observe facility guidelines to protect the safety of themselves and others.

A Staged Approach to Reopening

Take a look below for a full timeline of facility reopening. Please note all dates are tentative and subject to change based on the risk levels related to COVID-19 and direction from the Province of Ontario.

Stage 1

St. Catharines' facilities reopening: Stage one

  • St. Catharines Farmers Market and Market Square
  • Parks, open for passive use
  • Happy Rolph’s Animal Farm, open for passive park use, no animals

Stage 2

St. Catharines' facilities reopening: Stage two

  • Buchanan Hall Administrative Building: Summer 2020
  • Fire Prevention Office: Summer 2020
  • Victoria Lawn Cemetery Mausoleums: June 20, 2020
  • City Hall: Summer 2020
  • City Splash Pads: July 1, 2020
  • City Sports Fields for user groups: Phased openings beginning July 1, 2020
  • City Beaches: June 26, 2020, daytime use only, beaches closed at dusk
  • Parks, open for regular use: July 1, 2020
  • Happy Rolph’s Animal Farm, washrooms open, no animals
  • Garden City Golf Course: July 6, 2020

Stage 3

St. Catharines' facilities reopening: Stage three

  • Seymour-Hannah Sports and Entertainment Centre: Sept. 1, 2020
  • Bill Burgoyne Arena: Sept. 1, 2020 • Garden City Arena Complex: Sept. 1, 2020
  • St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Centre: Sept. 1, 2020
  • Kiwanis Field: Sept. 1, 2020
  • St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre: Sept. 1, 2020
  • Port Weller Community Centre: Sept. 1, 2020
  • Russell Avenue Community Centre: Sept. 1, 2020
  • St. Catharines Enterprise Centre: Sept. 1, 2020
  • Older Adult Centres: Oct. 1, 2020

Stage 4

St. Catharines' facilities reopening: Stage four

  • Lakeside Park Carousel: 2021
  • Morningstar Mill buildings: 2021
  • Harriet Tubman Public School programming space: 2021
  • Outdoor City Pools: 2021
  • Happy Rolph’s Animal Farm: 2021
  • City beaches closed at dusk effective immediately

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    10 days ago

    June 30, 2020 – The City is moving to address ongoing issues at its beaches with several actions, including overnight closures of these amenities.

    Effective immediately all City beaches — including Sunset Beach and the beach at Lakeside Park — will be closed from dusk until 8 a.m. While the City will keep beaches open during the day, so residents can cool off and enjoy the amenities, closing beaches at night will allay several concerns, including difficulties limiting the number of beachgoers at night.

    Crowds gathering on beaches pose several safety concerns, in addition to the impact of noise and...

    June 30, 2020 – The City is moving to address ongoing issues at its beaches with several actions, including overnight closures of these amenities.

    Effective immediately all City beaches — including Sunset Beach and the beach at Lakeside Park — will be closed from dusk until 8 a.m. While the City will keep beaches open during the day, so residents can cool off and enjoy the amenities, closing beaches at night will allay several concerns, including difficulties limiting the number of beachgoers at night.

    Crowds gathering on beaches pose several safety concerns, in addition to the impact of noise and traffic on nearby residences. The move comes after an incident on Sunday night at Sunset Beach where two individuals were arrested following a series of alleged assaults.

    Gates to parking lots will be closed at dusk and vehicles may be towed. Additionally, staff will be deployed in the coming days to ensure facilities are maintained, and to fence of access points in the evening.

    During the evening hours City crews and Fire Services will undertake drive by inspections to ensure closures are being followed, alongside increased parking enforcement in areas and on streets surrounding beaches.

    As the City moves to address immediate issues further measures will be investigated in the coming week, including the possible deployment of security personnel, if problems persist.

  • City announces dates for opening of beaches, splash pads, golf course and other amenities

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    14 days ago

    June 18, 2020 – As the City prepares to enter Stage 2 of its STC Framework for Recovery residents can look forward to enjoying some time outdoors with the finalized dates for reopening select amenities.

    Today the City announced finalized dates for the reopening of beaches, mausoleums at the Victoria Lawn Cemetery, splash pads, the Garden City Golf Course and select sports fields.

    The finalized dates come as the City begins a phased-in start to Stage 2 of recovery efforts. Safety protocols — such as occupancy limits and enhanced disinfection protocols — to limit the spread of COVID-19 have been...

    June 18, 2020 – As the City prepares to enter Stage 2 of its STC Framework for Recovery residents can look forward to enjoying some time outdoors with the finalized dates for reopening select amenities.

    Today the City announced finalized dates for the reopening of beaches, mausoleums at the Victoria Lawn Cemetery, splash pads, the Garden City Golf Course and select sports fields.

    The finalized dates come as the City begins a phased-in start to Stage 2 of recovery efforts. Safety protocols — such as occupancy limits and enhanced disinfection protocols — to limit the spread of COVID-19 have been put in place where possible, and the City remains committed to its goal of reopening facilities only when it is safe to do so for both the public and staff.

    To ensure continued forward momentum in the recovery process the City is asking the public to do its part in curbing the spread of COVID-19 by adhering to safety protocols and procedures in place at newly reopened areas and facilities. Additionally, residents should continue to wash hands frequently, maintain physical distancing, stay home when sick, follow the direction of Niagara Region Public Health and comply with Provincial emergency orders.

    St. Catharines Farmers Market, June 20
    This Saturday the City will introduce an expanded footprint for the St. Catharines Farmers Market allowing more vendors to participate while maintaining safety requirements. Specifically, the market will expand to encompass some area outside Market Square, allowing a total of 32 vendors to set up shop beginning this Saturday. Market vendors and visitors are required to wear a face mask or covering.

    Victoria Lawn Cemetery, June 20
    Both the Holy Trinity and Garden of Memories Mausoleums will open to visitors this weekend, with occupancy limits in place alongside intermittent disinfection efforts. A maximum of 20 individuals will be allowed to enter the Garden of Memories Mausoleum; while 15 will be allowed to enter the Holy Trinity Mausoleum at any given time. Mausoleums will be open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week. Administrative offices are available by appointment only.

    City Beaches, June 26
    While barricades will come down this Friday, Sunset Beach and the beach at Lakeside Park will fully open June 26 along with their bathroom facilities. The opening will coincide with Niagara Region water-quality testing. Residents should be advised the beach will not be groomed. Visitors are reminded to maintain a separation of two metres with individuals outside their household, and that Provincial restrictions remain in place on gatherings of over 10 individuals.

    City Splash Pads, July 1
    City Splash pads, and their related washrooms, will open on July 1. The City will have staff on site to assist during operational hours. Capacity limits will be in place to ensure physical distancing is maintained. Hand sanitizer will be provided for users. Splash pads will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    Kiwanis Field, McCaffery Park Sports Fields, July 1
    The City will take a phased in approach to opening sports fields, opening these two first, on July 1 along with their related bathroom facilities.

    Garden City Golf Course, July 6
    While procedures to ensure safe operation are still being finalized the City is targeting July 6 for the opening date of the Garden City Golf Course. Visitors will be required to book tee times in advance and cash payments will not be accepted. Food such as snacks and beverage sales, including alcohol, will be offered, however the grill will not be in operation. Limited numbers of carts will be available. For more information visit www.stcatharines.ca/Golf.

    Other Facilities
    While the STC Framework for Recovery contains tentative targets for the reopening of several other facilities and spaces in Stage 2 exact dates have yet to be confirmed. The City is opting to act with caution in reopening, ensuring infrastructure and protocols are in place to welcome residents back safely. Playground equipment remains closed under Province of Ontario emergency orders. For more information on facility and amenity reopening timelines visit www.engageSTC.ca/FacilitiesRecovery.

    City Hall remains closed at this time while the majority of its services continue to be offered in modified formats. For more information about City services contact Citizens First at 905.688.5600 or via email to CitizensFirst@stcatharines.ca.

  • City eases restrictions on outdoor spaces and amenities

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    about 1 month ago

    May 15, 2020 – As the City of St. Catharines cautiously eyes the road forward to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, some restrictions are being lifted allowing residents greater use, and access to, some outdoor spaces today.

    Specifically, residents will be able to use parks for more than walk-through uses, with some limitations. Residents must still abide by restrictions limiting groups to no more than five people and maintaining a two-metre physical separation. Passive activities will now be permitted in these areas including:
    • Bringing a chair or blanket to relax in parks
    • Kicking a ball, playing catch, flying...

    May 15, 2020 – As the City of St. Catharines cautiously eyes the road forward to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, some restrictions are being lifted allowing residents greater use, and access to, some outdoor spaces today.

    Specifically, residents will be able to use parks for more than walk-through uses, with some limitations. Residents must still abide by restrictions limiting groups to no more than five people and maintaining a two-metre physical separation. Passive activities will now be permitted in these areas including:
    • Bringing a chair or blanket to relax in parks
    • Kicking a ball, playing catch, flying a kite, and other such activities with members of their own households
    • Individual activities such as yoga or exercising, provided they are not in a group or class

    In addition to easing certain restrictions the City is opening some previously closed amenities for use, effective Tuesday, May 19. These amenities are:
    • Leash-free dog parks
    • Tennis courts
    • Skate parks

    Anyone taking advantage of these spaces should be sure to follow the best practices to limit the spread of COVID-19 as outlined by Niagara Region Public Health. These include frequent washing / sanitization of hands, physical separation, avoiding touching of shared surfaces and staying home if displaying symptoms or having been in close contact with cases of the virus.

    Organized sports are still restricted, given their necessity for gathering of groups and close physical contact. At this time park and outdoor amenities such as playground equipment, benches, the Lakeside Park Carousel, and washrooms remain closed to limit the spread of COVID-19 on shared surfaces. With Sunset Beach remaining closed its boat launch will also remain closed as City staff assess its condition and need for repairs. The Garden City Golf Course also remains closed as staff review its operations as part of the City’s larger recovery planning.

    “We are certainly proud of everyone’s efforts in slowing the spread of COVID-19, and happy to be lifting some of the restrictions for our residents,” said Chief Administrative Officer Shelley Chemnitz, adding, “it will be great to see people back at some of these amenities, but we have to remain vigilant, we are urging everyone to continue to exercise caution when they do head outside so we continue to move forward, not backwards, in the fight against this virus.”

    The move to lift restrictions comes as the City adjusts its response to COVID-19, in line with yesterday’s announcement from the Province of Ontario. On May 14, the Province announced the opening of certain outdoor amenities — such as golf courses and marinas — this weekend. City staff are continuing ongoing work to map the City’s path forward as the Province prepares to enter its first phase of recovery on Tuesday, May 19, lifting the closures of several non-essential business categories like retail operations and all construction projects.

    Bylaw enforcement will continue to enforce gatherings larger than five people, dogs off-leash, and anyone using closed park amenities.

  • Farmers Market gearing up for May 23 reopening

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    about 1 month ago

    May 15, 2020 – Niagara’s bounty will soon be back on the table, literally and figuratively.

    After weeks of closure in response to the spread of COVID-19, the St. Catharines Farmers Market is preparing to open its doors to the public, albeit with a different look and feel, alongside a laundry list of safety protocols to ensure the health of both vendors and patrons. The market will return Saturday, May 23, from 8 a.m. to noon.

    “Our patrons have been looking forward to this day for a while now, and our vendors have been counting on it as well,” said...

    May 15, 2020 – Niagara’s bounty will soon be back on the table, literally and figuratively.

    After weeks of closure in response to the spread of COVID-19, the St. Catharines Farmers Market is preparing to open its doors to the public, albeit with a different look and feel, alongside a laundry list of safety protocols to ensure the health of both vendors and patrons. The market will return Saturday, May 23, from 8 a.m. to noon.

    “Our patrons have been looking forward to this day for a while now, and our vendors have been counting on it as well,” said Community and Market Coordinator Deanna Chakarova. She was quick to note the market won’t have its normal social feel as patrons will be asked to move through without their typical chat with vendors.

    “Things will be a little different, you won’t be able to pickup and inspect your produce to find just the right pick, but the market will once again be open, serving up the best Niagara has to offer.”

    Chakarova said guests can expect the full range of produce, meats, cheeses, wines and baked goods they have come to love at the market, in addition to newly-introduced safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

    “We know everyone missed the market, but the closure was necessary to ensure that shoppers and vendors can conduct their business safely,” said Chakarova, adding the City has been cooperating with Niagara Region Public Health alongside Farmers Markets Ontario to ensure best practices as the market reopens its doors.

    Newly-introduced requirements and safety actions for customers include:
    • Self-assessment for COVID-19 exposure and symptoms
    • Admittance of only one customer at a time, pairs or groups are asked to have only one individual enter the market
    • No more than 16 customers being admitted to the market at any given time
    • Requiring of customers to sanitize their hands before entry
    • All customers and vendors must wear a face mask or covering due to limitations on other typical preventative measures such as sneeze guards. Wrapped scarves, bandanas, surgical masks and face shields will all be considered acceptable face coverings
    • No handling or sampling of food will be permitted; vendors will set up a display table to showcase their products but sale items will be stored behind the table for completion of customer orders
    • Maintaining a safe physical separation of two metres from other shoppers, including in the entry line
    • Distancing and traffic-flow lines will be clearly marked outside and inside the market
    • Reusable bags will not be permitted for the time being

    Based on stipulations set out by the Province of Ontario, only farmers and vendors selling food items will be featured during the State of Emergency. Vendors selling beauty supplies, flowers, crafts and other non-food-chain products will not be featured. Even with these limitations patrons can expect 20 vendors on site May 23.

    Vendors will also face a host of new restrictions and protocols to help limit the spread of COVID-19, including:
    • Mandatory use of face masks
    • Preferred use of electronic payments, cash payments will require a second individual whose sole duty will be handling of cash
    • Maintaining a two-metre separation when possible with patrons and fellow vendors who do not reside in their household
    • Prepackaging of products when possible
    • Frequent hand washing / sanitization
    • Self-assessment for COVID-19 exposure and symptoms

    Moving forward the St. Catharines Farmers Market will run on a limited schedule, on Saturdays only from 8 a.m. to noon. A list of vendors participating in the market during COVID-19 restrictions can be found at www.stcatharines.ca/market.

    As part of the reopening the market will introduce a new online shopping portal, a feature that will continue even after COVID-19 restrictions ease. Those who still have a hankering for fresh meats, veggies, fruits, cheese and more, but might not yet be ready to physically enter the market, can head over to our shop on Open Food Network to fill up their virtual shopping cart with an array of items from all the vendors they would normally find at the market. From there they simply place their order and it will be prepared for pickup at the market the following Saturday.