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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.

Current Guidelines:

Please commit to doing activities (outside of necessary errands, work and school) with only your household as per the Governor’s directives. It has been advised the TWO individual from different households may enjoy outside activities, but they should wear masks and maintain physical distancing of 6 feet.

January 2021 Recreation Facility Update

As our regularly scheduled youth recreation programs begin, we have discontinued the discounted family/coaching rental programs at Miller and Leddy. They are still available for families on a limited basis. Call the facility for availability.

Recreational Sports COVID-19 Restrictions

The Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront Department will be following all Recreational Sports restrictions implemented by Governor Scott’s most recent COVID-19 mandate. At this time we are offering modified sports recreation programs. Drop-in programs are not running. See each facility page for current details, and recreation programs.

Champlain Senior Center Closing

Due to the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases in our community, The Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront Department will be suspending on-site programs at the Champlain Senior Center beginning Monday, November 16, 2020.  A date for reopening the facility will be dependent on reducing the level of COVID-19 exposure in our community. During this closure, Champlain Senior Center staff will be working with AgeWell VT to arrange for daily meal deliveries to senior adults in our community. We are committed to ensuring the safety of senior adults in Burlington. We are offering virtual activities. See the facility page for a calendar of events and information to sign up.

2021 Shelter & Park Reservations

s we begin to take reservations for the summer season, please note that all shelter and park reservations are subject to current state and local COVID-19 guidelines, giving the Department the right to cancel any reservation that has fallen out of alignment with them. The renter may also cancel at any point in advance leading up to the reserved date. Full refunds will be given for all COVID-19 related cancelations if done prior to the date reserved. All reservations will be subject to staff checks for the duration of the rental period and we reserve the right to terminate any gathering where attendees’ actions are deemed unsafe by staff. Refunds will not be given in these cases.

Check availability and make your shelter rental request online. Or you can give us a call at our main office line, (802) 865-7247 to reserve any of these spaces.

 

 

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