Orphaned sign removed as all playgrounds remain open

The "Restoring Richmond" plan is starting to unfold in the city, albeit with physical distancing and cleaning measure in place to avoid the spread of COVID-19.

Playgrounds and parks have opened, three city-run fitness centres will re-open next week and, if players adhere to the rules, hoops will remain at basketball courts. 

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A "playground closed" sign that had been forgotten at Spul'u'kwuks elementary has been taken down - but despite the sign, parents seemed to know the playground was open for their kids to enjoy.



A passing cyclist noticed the sign at Spul’u’kwuks elementary this weekend and wondered if there had been an outbreak of the virus.

All playgrounds were re-opened in June and other outdoor facilities are also available for the public to enjoy.

Next week, fitness centres at Thompson and South Arm community centres and at the Minoru Centre for Active Living will be open for 75-minute pre-booked sessions. To book a session, go to richmond.ca/register or call 604-276-4300.

While playgrounds are open, the city has warned it will remove hoops from basketball courts if players don’t adhere to physical distancing measures.

The city has placed signs saying the hoops will be removed after large groups were seen playing at the courts and players refused to heed bylaw officers who told them they needed to limit groups to four players and organized games were prohibited.

The signs were placed at courts at Thompson Community Centre, King George/Cambie Community Park, South Arm Community centre and Heather-Dolphin Park.

No hoops have been taken down yet, according to city spokesperson Clay Adams.

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