On March 30th, the Provincial government issued an order for the closure of all outdoor recreational amenities in Ontario. Subsequently, the Town of Carleton Place closed its outdoor play equipment, pump track, skate park and boat launches but left its parks and trails open for walking.
This decision was based on circumstances such as the location of the boat launches, how well used they are by both residents and non-residents alike and the size of the parking area at the launches.
The Provincial government has since issued a statement which leaves the decision of whether or not to close municipal boat launches in the hands of individual municipalities.
In considering all of the above factors, at this time the municipal boat launches in Riverside Park will remain closed. This decision is not made lightly and is done in the best interests of the community as a whole to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
Both federal and provincial leaders, Public Health Canada as well as our local Health Unit have been stressing the importance for people to STAY HOME and to only travel for ESSENTIAL PURPOSES such as for groceries once weekly, prescriptions and medical appointments.
“Protecting the people in this community has been our number one priority since the beginning of this crisis,” says Mayor Doug Black. “We must continue to act responsibly now and do everything we can to get on the other side of this pandemic.
The Town of Carleton Place will continue to monitor the situation locally and will provide updates as they become available.