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Splash pads, pools, community centres and arenas in Kitchener to reopen

The city has released a gradual, phased-in reopening plan over the summer months
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Kitchener city council has endorsed a gradual, phased-in reopening of select city splash pads, pools, community centres and arenas, in line with the province's Stage Two reopening.

The city says splash pads are expected to reopen in two phases. As part of phase one, McLennan Park, Centreville-Chicopee and Kingsdale, and public washrooms near Wilson park are scheduled to reopen on Friday.

Victoria Park, Chandler Mowat and Breithaupt splash pads could reopen by mid-July.

Harry Class and Idlewood pools are scheduled to reopen early next month and by the end of June, some of the city's network of 15 community centres will reopen for limited use.

The reopening of select arenas is set for mid-July to mid-August.

"We've now got a well-thought-out plan in place for re-opening some of our most-valued community amenities to the public over the next few weeks," said Mayor Berry Vrbanovic in a release.

"I wish it were as simple as just unlocking the doors and turning on the lights at these facilities, but it just isn't. As we continue to manage a growing deficit due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was really important that we stopped to consider a careful plan for our re-openings - and the many factors involved, including cost and the safety of both residents and staff."

with files from Glenn Pelletier

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