Relaunch approach shared with Council’s Emergency Advisory Committee
Edmonton’s Emergency Advisory Committee (EAC) voted today to extend the State of Local Emergency that has been in effect in Edmonton since April 30, 2020.
“Renewing the State of Local Emergency for another seven days ensures we continue to have the flexibility to manage the delivery of City services within public health requirements,” said Interim City Manager Adam Laughlin.
Laughlin shared five principles that will guide the City’s relaunch activities over the coming weeks. All decisions will have to be: Evidence-based and strategically informed, methodical and staged, resourced and clear, monitored and adaptable, and responsive and effective. Additional details about the relaunch strategy will be presented at the next Emergency Advisory Committee meeting on May 13.
The following initiatives are moving forward:
Lauderdale off-leash dog park now openThis morning the Lauderdale Dog Park, the city’s largest fenced dog park, opened for dogs and their human friends. As a health and safety precaution the City is temporarily not offering dog bags in dispensers at the park, and users are requested to bring their own and pick up after their pets. People are also required to continue to practice physical distancing while using outdoor spaces like dog parks.
City golf courses opening soonTwo of Edmonton’s City-run golf courses will reopen on May 11. Victoria and Riverside golf courses will open on Monday, although for financial reasons, Rundle Park Golf Course will remain closed for the summer. Food and beverage services will not be available at the two open golf courses until further advice is received from Alberta Health Services. Golfers can create an account and book tee times on MoveLearnPlay.edmonton.ca as of Monday morning.
Expansion of Shared Streets Those living in the Oliver neighborhood can take advantage of more physical distancing opportunities when they are walking or riding their bikes with the opening of new shared streets in the neighborhood. For exact locations visit edmonton.ca/COVID-19.
Edmonton Gives website Edmontonians, local businesses and organizations keen to help those impacted by COVID-19 are encouraged to visit Edmonton Gives to find information on how they can help support local organizations that take care of our City’s most vulnerable. Edmonton Gives focuses on the immediate needs of community organizations and connects people and organizations that wish to make monetary, physical and in-kind donations or volunteer their time.
Impacted City amenities and servicesIn order to reduce expenditures in 2020, the following amenities will remain closed for the 2020 summer season:
- Edmonton’s outdoor pools and spray parks
- Ponds at Rundle Park
- City Hall fountain
The following services will be suspended this summer:
- Neighborhood Playground Program (Green Shacks)
- YEG Youth program sites and events
- Summer Leaders in Training program
We are looking at other summer programming including day camps at City facilities to determine whether they can operate safely within provincial guidelines.