Media Release - Lincoln offers new, modified recreation programming for summer 2020
Lincoln offers new, modified recreation programming for summer 2020
In-person, virtual and curbside pick-up options available to the community
Lincoln ON (Monday, June 15, 2020) - The Town of Lincoln recognizes the important role that summer programming plays for families in our community and have been closely monitoring the evolving and complex situation with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic and potential programming impacts. The Town continues to follow provincial public health orders and is working locally with Niagara Region Public Health to determine best practices for safe operation as we progress through the provincial reopening framework.
The health and safety of our program participants, staff and public remains our top priority. Town staff have developed plans for modified summer programming at reduced capacity and are proud to offer a variety of program delivery methods this summer including in-person, virtual and curbside pick-up options. The Town continues to remain vigilant and is focusing on supporting community recovery efforts from the pandemic.
In 2020, traditional summer camp programming will be replaced with a newly developed program called Summer Adventure Club. This programming will focus on fun and creative physically-distanced sports, games and crafts, with activities held outdoors whenever possible. The Club will operate weekly out of the Fleming Centre and Jordan Arena with possible expansion to the Lincoln Centre if demand requires. Additionally, the Lincoln Museum and Cultural Centre will host a week in July and August. This program will not begin before July 13.
Some of the program differences you can expect to see are:
- Smaller group sizes and lower staff to participant ratios;
- Additional staff to assist with required health screenings and sanitization of program spaces;
- Distinct program spaces and washroom access for groups and minimized intermingling of groups;
- Daily screening protocols for staff and program participants;
- Staff wearing additional personal protective equipment (eg: face shields, masks);
- Scheduled drop-off and pick-up times that are staggered;
- The inability to offer traditional summer camp activities like field trips and guest speakers/entertainers (per provincial guidelines);
- No extended care options;
- The use of playgrounds, spray pads and swimming pools will be assessed as restriction are lifted by the province.
Online programming will be available for children and youth including leadership development through the Leader-In-Training program as well as Spark Camp which has a focus on STEM (Science, technology, engineering and math) activities.
Enjoy all the fun of camp, aquatics, museum, library and the outdoors rolled into one exciting kit! Kits will include instructions and supplies to bring the fun to your own home. Themed kits will be available on a weekly basis for a nominal fee.
Today the Town received direction from the province that Niagara will enter into stage two of the provincial reopening framework effective June 19. Outlined in this phase are safe operating procedures for outdoor aquatic facilities. Staff are working diligently to update programming and modify where required in order to be prepared to deliver to the community. Aquatic programming updates will be released as soon as possible.
A new registration period will be opened for modified summer programming. Registration spots will be limited and any existing registrations will not be rolled over. Pricing has been adjusted to reflect program modifications. Priority registration for Lincoln residents will commence on Monday June 22, 2020. Registration for the general public will commence on Monday June 29, 2020. Registration will be available online and via phone.
For the most current information please visit the Town’s website lincoln.ca/recreation and follow @TownofLincolnON on social media.
For information, please contact:
Associate Director, Recreation and Culture
Town of Lincoln
Direct: 905-563-2799 ext. 464
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