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North Glengarry announces reopening plans for arenas, recreation facilities, programs

The Township of North Glengarry is planning to gradually reopen sports and recreation facilities and resume recreation programming, beginning for most this month

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The arena at the Glengarry Sports Palace will be the first of the townships two rinks to see ice and usage. The target date to begin ice rentals is October 7.

As for the ice at the Maxville rink, that is being delayed until “ice demands increase… In the interim of the ice reopening at the Maxville & District Sports Complex, staff will be preparing activity spaces and enhanced programming on the arena floor for use by the public.”

The dome in Alexandria partially reopened on August 24 (track and tennis/pickleball courts). “At the present time users are required to arrive dressed for their activity and to bring their own personal equipment due to COVID-19 guidelines.”

Reservations can be made by e-mail to programcoordinator@northglengarry.ca

Parks continue to remain open, with green spaces and play equipment available for use.

Community halls across township are now open for rental, to a maximum of 50 attendees. For more information, send an e-mail to recreation@northglengarry.ca

Recreation programming, too, is gradually returning, starting with yoga at the Glengarry Sports Palace, set to begin October 5.

“During this gradual reopening period, the township will be working with individuals and various sports organizations that use these facilities to ensure that the Eastern Ontario Health Unit’s guidelines are being followed. The goal is to allow the public to have access to the township’s facilities in a controlled and safe manner. The township is confident that residents will abide by the Eastern Ontario Health Unit and the sports organizations’ directives; however, if violations are observed by staff, these may result in the closure of the facility for the day or for longer.

The safety of our residents is of the utmost importance for the Township. Play safe!

Township of North Glengarry media release

Complete information on facilities can be found on the township’s website here. Details on programs can be found here.

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North Glengarry township closes community, recreation facilities for COVID-19 precautions

As recently as Friday afternoon, North Glengarry’s recreation and community facilities remained open, as mayor Jamie MacDonald told me that the township was following the recommendation of the Eastern Ontario Health Unit to cancel events with more than 250 people.

However, Friday evening, EOHU medical officer of health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis issued an order to all municipalities within his territory (Cornwall, Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry, Prescott-Russell, and Akwesasne) that municipally-owned community and recreation facilities must be closed to the public through to April 5.

As such, North Glengarry, on Saturday, issued notice to residents that its facilities would be closed.

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At the time of the EOHU letter, libraries were exempted from the order. However, Cornwall subsequently closed its library, and the SD&G Libraries system followed suit.

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March 13 EOHU letter to municipalities

Community and recreation facilities in South Glengarry and Cornwall were previously closed, effective March 13. For more background, please see this previous post.

Updates from area municipalities are being posted to the respective Facebook pages:

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North Glengarry recreation facilities remain open, South Glengarry shutters theirs

North Glengarry mayor Jamie MacDonald tells me that “At this point, we are still open,” when asked about the township’s recreation facilities and widespread shuttering of sports leagues across the country, along with facilities where large numbers of people typically congregate, due to concerns over COVID-19. However, he adds, “We have suspended the March break camps.”

March 16 UPDATE: North Glengarry facilities closed.

MacDonald goes on to say, “Well we are being guided by Dr. Paul [Roumeliotis, the Eastern Ontario Health Unit medical officer of health] … keep crowds under 250.”

Meanwhile, this afternoon, the township of South Glengarry announced in a press release that the municipality is “taking proactive measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. While the risk in South Glengarry remains low, the municipality is taking necessary steps to protect the health of residents. As such, recreation facilities and community centres will all be closed from Monday, March 16 to Monday, April 6.”

All events scheduled during this period will be either cancelled or postponed. The list of closed facilities in the south includes the Char-Lan Recreation Centre, Martintown Community Centre, Green Valley Community Centre, North Lancaster Community Centre, Paul Rozon Park building, and Jack Danaher Park building.

Facilities in Cornwall are also being closed: “In light of COVID-19, the City of Cornwall is taking necessary steps to protect the health of residents. As such, recreation facilities will be closed from Monday, March 16 to Sunday, April 5, inclusive. The Aquatic Centre is closed as of Friday, March 13 at 10:30 p.m.”

The EOHU states, “At the moment, the risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus is considered low. However, the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) continues to work with our partners at the regional, provincial and federal levels to monitor the situation, and is prepared to respond to any potential cases in our area should they occur.”

To stay informed about the virus, please see this regular-updated information page on the EOHU website.

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Kilt Skate set for Sunday in Williamstown

Glengarry’s edition of the Great Canadian Kilt Skate is scheduled for Sunday, March 1, at the Char-Lan Rec. Centre, beginning at noon.

As South Glengarry’s announcement notes, “Help us celebrate our Scottish Heritage in Ontario‚Äôs Celtic Heartland at the Char-Lan Community Centre.” The event is free to attend, running from 12 through 3 p.m. at the arena in Williamstown.

There will be an official opening ceremony featuring township politicians and the South Glengarry Pipe Band. This will be followed by a performance from members of the Char-Lan Skating Club. Then the arena ice surface will be opened for participants on the Great Canadian Kilt Skate, through to 2 p.m.

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From 12:30 through 2 p.m., the canteen will serve up free hot chocolate and Scottish flag tattoos will be available in the lobby.

In the Tartan Hall (upstairs), a cash bar will be open. There will be a Great Canadian Kilt Skate cake and Scottish shortbread cookies. Scheduled performances on the stage include the MacCulloch Dancers, McFee Fiddlers, Coleman Highland Dancers, and the Hallions.

Outside, planned activities include a fire pit with marshmallows, a snow slide, and horse-drawn wagon rides.

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