Town of Petawawa and COVID-19

June Update on Outdoor Recreational Amenities
 

June 5, 2020 Petawawa, ON – This communication is a supplement to the message posted on May 29th and speaks to the status of outdoor recreational amenities and use of public areas in Petawawa.

Individuals may use ball diamonds and multi-use fields for casual non-team activities such as kicking a ball, throwing a Frisbee, hitting a baseball or playing catch.  Individuals using these facilities are requested to respect the physical distance of two metres, unless they are from the same household.  The ball parks at Indian Diamond and Kiddyland and sports fields 3 & 4 at the Civic Centre are open.  The other field amenities at the Civic Centre are undergoing maintenance and not available for use at this time.

Under the Provincial orders, parks continue to be open for walking through and you are permitted to use the benches, tables and picnic areas. The track lanes, and basketball courts are open.  The Scentral Bark Dog Park is open. Please ensure you have a valid 2020 municipal pet tag which are available for purchase online through the municipal website. The tennis courts located at the Civic Centre are open with no fee for the 2020 summer. 

Play structures, play amenities, washroom facilities, the splash pad and public beaches remain closed for all municipal park areas.  We understand that Renfrew County District Health Unit (RCDHU) will soon conduct the necessary water sampling at public beaches. Subject to testing we anticipate opening beach areas in the coming weeks. The Construction Yard Bike Park has been inspected and unfortunately there is more repair work needed before this facility can be opened.  Please respect any posted signage or barricades.

Residents are reminded that off-road vehicles (ATVs, side-by-sides, ORVs, etc.) are not permitted to travel through Town parks or along any roadways in the Town of Petawawa. Offenders may be charged under the Town’s Parks and Recreation Area By-law or the Highway Traffic Act/ Off Road Vehicles Act.  Off-road vehicles are permitted on the Algonquin Trail with adherence to the regulations of use provided by both the Renfrew County ATV Club and the County of Renfrew. 

Users of Petawawa parks are reminded to maintain a vigilant observance to the recommended public health measures which include physical distancing, washing your hands regularly and staying home if you are unwell.  Please adhere to the gathering restriction of no more than five people and ideally limit your exposure only to those within your household. 

Enjoy the outdoors responsibly and be safe.

 



Outdoor Recreational Amenities Updates

a bullet point graphic on recreational amenities open and closed in PetawawaMay 29, 2020  Petawawa, ON – With the Government of Ontario announcing the extension of Emergency Orders until June 9th here is the status for outdoor recreational amenities in Petawawa. This communication is a supplement to the message posted on May 22nd.

The track lanes, recreational fields, basketball courts, trails, park benches, picnic areas, park shelters and gazebos are currently open for use in all Town of Petawawa park locations. 

Play structures, play amenities, washroom facilities, splash pad and public beaches remain closed for public use.  The Renfrew County District Health Unit (RCDHU) has local authority and is responsible for environmental testing at our public beaches. Due to COVID-19, water sampling has not occurred and therefore water quality cannot be verified.  As such, direction from the RCDHU is that all public beaches remain closed. 

The Scentral Bark Dog Park is open and available for use.  Dog owners using the facility are required to have a valid 2020 municipal pet tag.  Municipal pet tags can be purchased online.  More information is on our website at https://www.petawawa.ca/residents/animal-control/animal-tags/.

The Petawawa Civic Centre tennis courts opened this past week.  There will be no fees for use this summer.  Please adhere to posted signage regarding facility use and COVID-19 safety protocols.

The Construction Yard Bike Park is undergoing annual spring maintenance. We anticipate the bike park to be ready for public use in the coming week.

Users of the facilities are reminded to maintain a vigilant observance to the recommended public health measures which include physical distancing, washing your hands regularly and staying home if you are unwell.  Please adhere to the gathering restriction of no more than five people and ideally limit your exposure only to those within your household. 

In these unusual times we all must do our part to keep everyone safe.  We thank everyone for their continued patience and understanding.  We will get through this together.
 



Lifting of Restrictions for Outdoor Recreational Amenities


May 22, 2020  Petawawa, ON – With the Government of Ontario announcing that additional outdoor recreational amenities are permitted to reopen here is the status for such amenities in Petawawa.

The Scentral Bark Dog Park is currently being readied for use and will be open to the public this Saturday May 23rd at 7 am.  With the temporary closure of Civic Centre facilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the purchase of Scentral Bark Dog Park tags has been temporarily suspended.  Dog owners, with a valid 2020 municipal pet tag, may use the dog park without a Scentral Bark Dog Park tag until such time as the office reopens and off leash park tags can be obtained.   Municipal pet tags are available for purchase through an online portal.  More information can be found at https://www.petawawa.ca/residents/animal-control/animal-tags/

The Petawawa Civic Centre tennis courts will be ready for use on Wednesday May 27th.  Club membership fees and drop in fees have been waived for the 2020 summer period due to operational constraints during this pandemic.  The tennis courts will be available daily from 8 am to 8 pm for use on a first come first serve basis. 

The Construction Yard Bike Park is currently undergoing its annual spring maintenance. We anticipate the bike park to be ready for public use within the next two weeks.

The track and field lanes, recreational fields, basketball courts, park benches, picnic areas, park shelters and gazebos are currently open for use in all Town of Petawawa park locations.  Please note however, that play structures, splash pads and beaches remain closed for use by order of the Province of Ontario. 

Users of the facilities are reminded to maintain a vigilant observance to the recommended public health measures which include physical distancing, washing your hands regularly and staying home if you are unwell.  Please adhere to the gathering restriction of no more than five people and ideally limit your exposure only to those within your household. 

In these unusual times we all must do our part to keep everyone safe.  We thank everyone for their continued patience and understanding.  We will get through this together.



Victoria Day Weekend Update
 

May 15, 2020  Petawawa, ON – The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) has announced the lifting of the Restricted Fire Zone for the entire fire region of Ontario effective Saturday, May 16th at 12:01 am.  This means that Petawawa residents with existing recreational burn permits will be permitted backyard fires.  Please refer to our burning by-law which governs the use and types of fires permitted. 

Today, the Black Bay and Petawawa Point boat launch facilities are in place and available for day use by the public.  Users of these amenities are requested to adhere to the posted regulations and to respect the health and safety of all facility users. 

Premier Ford announced yesterday that seasonal indoor and outdoor recreational amenities for individual use, which can be used while maintaining physical distancing, could be opened. Community Services staff will now undertake the necessary preparations to open these facilities in the coming weeks.  For our community these amenities include the track and field venue, tennis courts and Bike Park.  As the amenities are ready we will provide further notice.

Petawawa Terrace, a provincial park, has reopened for trail use.  At this time, municipal parks, beach areas and other park amenities remain closed.  Greenspaces such as the Millennium and Algonquin trails and other connective pathways can be used for walkthrough access only.
 

As we move towards opening more services and amenities it is important to remember that we must remain vigilant in our collective efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19.  Ensure adherence to the recommended physical distance of 2 metres and avoid gathering in groups of more than five.

These remain unusual times and we thank the public for their continued patience and understanding.  More resources and information is available on the municipal website at www.petawawa.ca.
 



Municipal Boat Launches to Open May 15th

May 11, 2020  Petawawa, ON – Town staff are preparing the Petawawa Point and Black Bay boat launches to open for public use on May 15th.  At present, the water levels on the Ottawa River remain high, thus preventing the installation of the docks at Petawawa Point, however, staff will continue to monitor water levels and install the docks as soon as it is safe to do so. The municipality does not typically provide notice of boat launch and dock installations, however, while under a pandemic, it is an opportunity to share with users the additional safety guidelines from the various organizations which govern water resources and activities. 

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry permits fishing, with adherence to the regulations. Those regulations can be found here: www.ontario.ca/document/ontario-fishing-regulations-summary.  Transport Canada, a federal jurisdiction, governs regulations on watercraft.  They strongly recommend that you stay home, but if you do go out in your pleasure craft they provide regulations that must be adhered to.  Those regulations can be found here: http://www.tc.gc.ca/en/initiatives/covid-19-measures-updates-guidance-tc/covid-19-guidance-posters-marine.html

At present, based on the extension of provincial orders until May 19th, our municipal parks and beaches remain closed to the public.  As such, if you intend to use the boat launch please adhere not only to the posted boat launch rules but to the additional measures put in place to manage access to these resources during this time.  Above all, ensure you follow the guidelines set out to avoid the contraction of COVID-19.  Those include but are not limited to: wash your hands often, coughing into your elbow, refrain from touching your face, ensuring physical distancing of two (2) m, no gatherings with more than five people, less in constrained areas such as a pleasure craft.  Be mindful and respectful of others using the launch services.

The OPP are reminding water users that they should inform family members of their water travel plans and anticipated time of return.  They further recommend that all required boating PPE be worn, at all times, particularly now when the water is cold and risk of hypothermia due to exposure is high.    

For many, access to nature and the pursuit of fishing or canoeing a lazy river is a necessary activity to support good mental and physical health.  The Town of Petawawa is opening the boat launches to provide a healthy safe environment to support those who need this infrastructure to ensure their wellbeing.

More information about the Town’s response to COVID-19 is available at www.petawawa.ca.


Town of Petawawa Cancels Events Until end of July, 2020

May 6, 2020 Petawawa, ON   With the extension of the Ontario provincial emergency orders to May 19, and with clear messaging that large scale social gatherings are not likely to be permitted in the immediate future, the Town of Petawawa is announcing the cancellation of municipal facilitated events to the end of July. 

“These events are important public celebrations bringing together neighbours and visitors to enjoy and experience our community,” said Mayor Robert Sweet.  “However, ensuring the safety and health of our residents takes precedence.  We must not become complacent and risk a lapse that will further delay a return to our quality of life or endanger individuals in our communities.” 

These cancellations, agreed upon by the Emergency Control Group, support Public Health direction that maintaining physical distancing is vital to breaking the infection rate of COVID-19. 

Events cancelled by this notice include the annual Civic Centre Days weekend, June 18th to 21st, and Canada Day on July 1st. Staff continue to work diligently on opportunities to bring celebrations to the community, in new ways.  Stay tuned.  We will share updates and information as available.

More information about the Town’s response to COVID-19 is available at www.petawawa.ca.
 



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May 1, 2020  I would like to take this time to thank all residents of Petawawa and our neighbours and friends in Renfrew County for their outstanding efforts in curbing the spread of COVID-19.  The sacrifices that all Canadians have made are showing positive results.  We are winning this fight, but we must stay the course and ensure that all this hard work, sacrifice and effort to protect our residents and communities are not in vain.  I implore everyone to continue to stay at home, go out only for essential needs, to practice social distancing, to avoid gathering, to continue to wash hands frequently and avoid touching your face.  Understandably, the warmer weather and the extended length of our mandated closures and our economic trials are wearing down our resolve and patience, but we must buckle down and remain steadfast.  Every generation has faced challenges, this is ours.  We must not become complacent and risk a lapse that will further delay a return to our quality of life or endanger individuals in our communities.

Support is available for those who need it. The Renfrew County Virtual Triage and Assessment Centre can help with a myriad of supports including at home COVID-19 testing. There is also the Champlain Community Support Network who can provide support and connect you to resources. Local agencies and contact information for these services are available on our municipal website at www.petawawa.ca, click the news feed article COVID-19 Updates, Resources and News.

Today, May 1st, is National Doctor's Day. At 9 pm tonight, if you can, step outside your home and shine a light in recognition of all that they do, especially during this global pandemic. https://www.doctorsday.ca/    


April 23, 2020  Thank you to the first responders, the OPP, the County Paramedics, the Fire Departments, Health Care Professionals, Doctors, Nurses, Personal Support Workers, all medical staff including kitchen and janitorial services.  Thank you to our long term care facilities and their staff and to the Petawawa Centennial Family Health Centre and the outreach teams who are supporting us in our time of need.  Thank you to Dr. Cushman and the Renfrew County Health Unit for guiding Renfrew County through this pandemic. We are all in this together.  Let’s keep looking after each other. 

Support is available for those who need it. The Renfrew County Virtual Triage and Assessment Centre can help with a myriad of supports including at home COVID-19 testing. There is also the Champlain Community Support Network who can provide support and connect you to resources. Local agencies and contact information for these services are available on our municipal website at www.petawawa.ca

I don’t feel stuck at home, I feel safe at home.


April 22, 2020 Mayor Sweet - Happy 50th Earth Day! In these very unusual times it is more important than ever to remember the beauty and bounty that we enjoy and call home. Surrounded by natures majesty, our abundant waterways and wooded landscapes give us the opportunity to experience and explore nature not afforded other communities and urban landscapes. While we are under some mandated restrictions that prevent us from fully engaging with our dynamic environment we are not far from its soothing and healing properties.

Happy earth day

We would like to remind residents that while our municipal office, community facilities and amenities remain closed, our municipal staff are engaged and available by phone or email to communicate with you. We are posting often on our social channels and on our municipal website to share as much information as possible with our residents. Essential services, water, waste collection and road and infrastructure upkeep are still operating. Our fire department is at the ready, despite a provincial fire ban, and we hope they are not needed. We continue to serve this community during this time, in preparation for the termination of this volatile virus. We all look forward to the freedom to wander together again.

I wish to thank all residents and first responders for doing their part to keep us all safe and healthy. I don't feel stuck at home, I feel safe at home.

For more information on how you can participate in earth day visit the website at https://www.earthday.org/earth-day-2020/


April 21, 2020 As the province has extended the Declaration of Emergency, further into May, our continued vigilance in fighting this global pandemic remains paramount.  These are definitely unprecedented times.  While a vaccine continues to be sought, our tools to fight the spread of this virus include washing our hands often, disinfecting high touch areas, not gathering in large groups of five or greater, self-isolate if we experience any symptoms of COVID-19, stay at home except for groceries and medical needs and if we do go out to practice social distancing. 

Now is not the time to relax any of these measures.  We must keep our foot on the gas and stay the course until this virus is defeated.  I want to thank the residents of Petawawa for doing their part and respecting all the restrictions implemented from all levels of government as we all work together to get back the quality of life and health we all know and enjoy.  Let’s all keep looking after each other and working together. 

We have included a great handwashing video posted by Anthony J. James that really shows how to properly wash your hands. 

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/activity-6647304460643155968-WqAS


April 20, 2020 Mayor Sweet and Council wish to acknowledge all the volunteers who tirelessly contribute their time and talents to support our residents. Now, more than ever, as we navigate these unprecedented times during this global pandemic, our supportive community and volunteers are more vital than ever. Thank you for all you have done and continue to do.  

A special thank you to the Petawawa Pantry - Food Bank network and to the seniors grocery delivery team coordinated by Your Independent Grocer for aiding our most vulnerable, ensuring access to food and sundry products.

There is a whole host of community groups supported by volunteers and volunteer boards who make our communities dynamic. A shout out to the Rotary Club of Petawawa, Petawawa Legion, Silver Threads, Petawawa Heritage Village, Petawawa Civitans, Bassmasters, Petawawa Centennial Family Health Centre, Petawawa Housing Corporation, Petawawa Fundraising Committee and the Petawawa Pantry. 

For those neighbours and businesses who are supporting each other and the community, we thank you.

We wish to remind our community that if you are in need of assistance, to arrange groceries, prescriptions or have an urgent medical need or just want to chat the Champlain Community Support Network is available and will connect you with the appropriate local resources. 

Direct local contact details are also available on the municipal website at www.petawawa.ca news feed under Champlain Community Support Network. 

Thank you again volunteers!
 


‚ÄčAll Municipal Outdoor Recreational Amenities CLOSED Due to COVID-19

March 31, 2020 Petawawa, ON – Premier Ford has extended the declaration of a State of Emergency for the Province of Ontario and associated emergency measures, including the closure of non-essential workplaces and restrictions on social gatherings.  Effective immediately, all Ontario recreational amenities are now closed. 

Pursuant to the declaration, the Town of Petawawa has closed all outdoor recreational amenities for any shared or communal, public or private space. This closure includes but is not limited to, playgrounds, sport fields, basketball and tennis courts, Scentral Bark Off-Leash Dog Park, beaches, bike park, picnic areas, outdoor community gardens, park shelters, outdoor exercise equipment, and other outdoor recreational amenities.  

Greenspaces such as the Millennium and Algonquin trails and other connective pathways, will remain open only as walkthrough access.  If you are out using the trails to bike, walk or commute between spaces, please ensure that you respect other users and maintain the recommended physical distance of 2 metres. 

Ontario’s provincial parks and conservation reserves remain closed, as per the March 18th statement by the Ministry of Environment Conservation and Parks which indicated that all provincial parks were to close effective March 19th until April 30th.  This order includes Petawawa Terrace. 

These measures are enacted so that we can work together to stop the spread of COVID-19 by staying home, practicing physical distancing, and avoid social gatherings. 

We thank the public and our staff for their continued patience and understanding during this time.



All Municipal Facilities CLOSED Due to COVID-19

March 17, 2020 Petawawa, ON – In response to Premier Ford’s declaration of a State of Emergency for the Province of Ontario, the Town of Petawawa Emergency Control Group is preparing to respond to and mitigate the impacts of COVID-19. 

The health and wellness of residents and employees is our main priority.  As part of the collective effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, all municipal facilities including the Town Hall located at 1111 Victoria Street, will be closed to the public effective immediately until further notice.  This is part of an overall public health strategy to help safeguard the health of others, particularly the most vulnerable in our community.  

The full media release is available in the files.


The Ministry of Health website provides timely information, updates and links to media releases regarding the 2019 novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19. 

This online link will connect you with the Ministry of Health website. 

The Ministry of Health recommends that if you have concerns, questions or experience symptoms associated with COVID 19 that you communicate with:

Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 or your local public health unit. The local health unit in Renfrew County is:

Renfrew County and District Health Unit
7 International Drive
Pembroke, ON K8A 6W5
Tel : 613-735-8654
Toll : 1-800-267-1097
Fax : 613-735-3067
Web : www.rcdhu.com