The Covid-19 pandemic has affected our lives in unprecedented ways. Our communities look and feel different, and to keep us safe, restrictions have been put in place that have impacted our recreation programs and operations in ways we could never have imagined.
We know it is difficult when the recreation activities we take pleasure in and the places we go to support our physical, mental, social and emotional health are restricted. Kentville Parks and Recreation strongly believes in the need to make recreation a major focus in keeping our community healthy; we have been working hard to re-imagine our delivery model to better support you, our community.
As we move forward with our summer planning, we are working to adjust our activities and programs, accordingly, based on the most recent guidelines and requirements. Please continue to check the website, or phone our department for updates. We will continue to keep the safety you our community members, as well as our own staff in mind – always.
What does this mean for Kentville programs and activities? What are we doing to keep you safe?
- Registration is required for all programs to ensure that our numbers are kept within the recommended group size, and to allow staff to be able to plan for social distancing. This includes pre-registration or on-site registration for tracing purposes.
- Space is limited to comply with social distancing and group number compliance
- Hand washing stations/hand sanitizer will be available. All persons are required to clean their hands before and after each program, as well as encouraged to clean hands regularly throughout.
- Staff are required to wear masks when unable to maintain social distancing (skill sharing, first aid). All participants will be encouraged to wear their own masks.
- All opportunities will be held outdoors to promote good ventilation
- All registrants will be asked to stay home if they are symptomatic.
Things to do this summer:
Getting out in nature is one of the best ways to help reduce stress and get some exercise to boot! There’s an amazing variety of trails in Kentville, from challenging mountain bike terrain at the Gorge to easily traveled active transportation routes along the Harvest Moon Trail. Have you been to Miners Marsh lately to see the amazing ecosystem that changes daily? And of course, the Kentville Ravine where we challenge you to find the dragon’s den and hike all the way to the waterfall. Come check it out for yourself!
*Supporting mobility issues: If you have mobility challenges, Miners Marsh and the Harvest Moon are your best option. Both with hard packed surfaces and wide trails. There is plenty of shade on the Harvest Moon Trail, especially on the East End of the trail. As well, benches are generally distance about 800m meters apart to allow for lots of rest stops along the way.
Free outdoor activities to enjoy with your family:
Playing Tennis or Pickleball on the local courts,
Practicing your batting skills at the Memorial Park Batting Cage
Kick the ball around on our fields
Shoot some hoops on one of our outdoor basketball courts.
Come on out for bird watching (you can borrow binoculars from us!), connecting with nature, picnicking, and simply playing.
*All facility users must obey the posted Covid-19 rules and restrictions. For more information please visit our website, or call us at 902-679-2539.
Guidelines and tips
To help you discover all the parks and trails in town, Kentville has installed special blue signage to point the way. Maps are located at each park and trail head, and on the individual webpages.
All trails in Kentville are shared use and open to all forms of non-motorized active transportation (walking, biking, scootering, skateboarding, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, etc). For the safety of trail users and to preserve the quality of our trails, motorized vehicles (except for mobility aids such as motorized wheelchairs or scooters) are prohibited on all Kentville trails.
Leashed dogs are allowed in all parks and on all trails. Owners are required to clean up after their pets and many of our parks and trails have pet waste stations with bags.