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News and Updates - Community Services

Posted on: May 12, 2020

Notice to Residents

Parks Trails and PLaygrounds

COVID-19 brings a myriad of challenges and, in some ways, opportunities. The one piece that has been consistent is the importance of children having the opportunity to get outside and play. There are many studies that have demonstrated the importance of this to avoid children having depression and anxiety in later years. 

The Town of Slave Lake’s decision to keep playgrounds open is based on two clear defining parameters: 

  1. Children need a place to play. Not all children have a backyard to access. The parks and playgrounds may be the only place that families can use that is a safe, designated space for children to play. As well, not all families have the means to travel to access open green space.  The decision to keep parks and playgrounds open within our community serves these families directly. They can choose whether they wish to partake in the use of them, following Alberta Health Services recommendations that families wash their hands before and after use. 
  2. Parents make the decision for their own families. Alberta Health Services has stated that playgrounds can remain open but recommend families wash their hands before and after use. It is up to each individual family to determine what they are comfortable with in regards to their specific needs. In light of this, we do maintain that people need to respect the social distancing and maintain 2 metres between other people not of the same household. If a family arrives at a playground or park and it is clear that social distancing is not able to be adhered to, we ask for them to not enter that area. 

As we slowly and carefully start to reopen the doors of our community, we remind everyone to use kindness and grace. We will not always agree with the decisions of our Government, the decisions of our community members or the decisions of our neighbours. But at the end of the day these ARE our neighbours, community members and friends. Let’s come out of this as Slave Lake has done every time we have been challenged - stronger than ever.

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