Earlier this week at the COVID-19 response meeting of city council, senior staff discussed the plans to start the re-opening of City facilities in the weeks to come. On Friday, a list of dates were released and you can now mark your calendar for when you can start enjoying splash pads, pools, and even public washrooms again across Guelph again.
First, the City has confirmed that the Guelph Farmers’ Market will re-open on Saturday July 4 in the lot behind the Farmers’ Market building. As previously reported, the Market will be at 25 per cent capacity featuring local growers, and there will be protocols in place to only allow a limited number of people to shop at the Market at any given time. Goods can also be purchased from other Farmers’ Market vendors at this website.
ServiceGuelph at City Hall will be open again on Tuesday June 23 so that people will be able to buy bus passes or pay taxes thanks to new plexiglass safety barriers and floor decals. The public washrooms on the first floor of City Hall will also be open to the public, but the rest of the building will remained closed to all but authorized staff.
Fees for parking passes and transit go into effect again on Monday July 6.
Re-opening dates for aquatic facilities:
Saturday June 27 – Market Square wading pool
Friday July 3 – Lyon leisure pool
Monday July 6 – All City of Guelph splash pads
Monday July 13 – Wading pools at Exhibition Park and Sunny Acres Park
Re-opening of public washrooms:
Public washrooms at the following parks will re-open on Monday June 22 from 8 am to 8 pm: Eastview Community Park, Exhibition Park, tennis courts, Guelph Lake Sports Fields (accessible), Larry Pearson Community Park (accessible), Lyon Park, Margaret Greene Park (accessible), Norm Jary Park, Silvercreek Park, St. George’s Park (accessible), Riverside Park (accessible), and Riverside Park concession.
The washrooms at Market Square are already open to the public from 8 am to 8 pm.
In other news, the Guelph Public Library has announced that they will be expanding its hours for curbside pick-up at the Main Library downtown starting this coming Tuesday. The new hours are 11 am to 7 pm Tuesday through Thursday, while the hours at the other library branches, with the exception of the West End Branch and Bookmobile, will remain 11 am to 4 pm. All library facilities will remain closed for the time being.