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BPRW Operations During the COVID-19 Outbreak

We invite you to follow to latest updates on the City’s response to COVID-19 on the City of Burlington website: https://www.burlingtonvt.gov/covid-19

Please continue to follow this page for BPRW specific updates, and please keep in mind that we are in a fluid situation that can change day-by-day. Follow our social media for immediate updates to changes.

Fall-Winter Recreation Programs & Facilities Information

The state guidelines for winter sports will be followed.

Our recreation facilities at Miller, Leddy Arena and the Senior Center are in operation! Each facility has specific guidelines and protocols. Please see each facility page for details and the calendar of events.

 

Outdoor Recreation

Yes, our parks and trails are open. Getting outside, while physically distancing, is not only allowed, it’s encouraged. As people continue to gather in parks, and as most people are doing so carefully, we welcome people getting outside but want to ensure that they are doing so safely. Please follow posted signs that reaffirm social distancing measures in parks and playgrounds.

 

Please do get outside for fresh air, exercise and recreation. But remember to KEEP SAFE SOCIAL DISTANCES at all time

  • Be advised that PLAYGROUND & FITNESS EQUIPMENT IS NOT SANITIZED
  • STAY HOME if you are exhibiting symptoms
  • WEAR A MASK at all times in indoor spaces and outdoors when physical distancing is not possible.
  • WASH YOUR HANDS FREQUENTLY, or use sanitizer.
  • Be prepared for limited access to restrooms and water fountains
  • When possible, ‘carry in, carry out’. Please leave the parks cleaner than when you arrived.

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Dog Parks

Dog owners, for the health and safety of our community, please follow COVID-19 Dog Park Guidance until further notice:

  • Practice social distancing
  • Please do not touch other people’s dogs
  • As always, SCOOP THE POOP

Community Input

We want to track how successfully our new policies are working, and we could use your help. Currently our Park Ambassadors are out and about interacting with park users (from a safe distance, of course!) and collecting data about park usage, but they can’t be everywhere all the time. For those of you that are interested, please share your observations. We created an online survey for public to use to let us know how the parks are being used at this time. Submit info about a park you visit.

Staff Support & Availability

The Parks, Recreation and Waterfront department plays a vital role in this community. Even in times of such uncertainty as this, our parks will continue to be places where our community can go to recreate or find a quiet place of refuge. BPRW customer service staff will continue to be a much needed resource for the community. Our Facilities team and custodian staff will ensure places are clean, and the list goes on for all the ways we provide an essential service to our community.

In an effort to reduce the spread of the virus, some of our staff will be working from home for those in positions where it is feasible to do so.  This plan serves not just the health of our community, but our employees as well. Our custodial staff that cleans the municipal buildings and public spaces has implemented prioritized cleaning coverage focusing on disinfecting high traffic area surfaces.

Our dedicated customer service team will still be available by phone to answer any questions. Please call 802-864-0123. You may also use our online program registration portal to view the status of future programs https://secure.rec1.com/VT/burlington-vt/catalog Partial refunds will be rolled out to those affected by the program cancellations. Please be patient as we address this issue.

 

Stay healthy,

Your BPRW staff