Peace Island Park may open June 1 in a limited capacity to RVs, but remain closed for day use.
Park caretakers and district staff have been working on an operational safety plan that will be presented to Taylor council May 19. Parks manager Mike Farquharson writes in a report that key to the plan is limiting park use to RVS and other self-containted camper trailers that have personal washrooms.
No public washroom facilities will be open at the park this year, due to concerns about a lack of staff to clean them at acceptable intervals, and to limit staff exposure, Farquharson wrote.
“An important consideration for the PIP caretakers is that if they or their staff start to show cold or flu like symptoms they would have to self-isolate, which would likely result in the closure of PIP during the isolation period,” Farquharson wrote.
The plan also prohibits day use at the park due to the planned washroom closures.
But, he says it will also be important to limit the number of available sites to maintain physical distancing between campers. Educating campers about the park safety plan and rules, along with monitor camper activities, will also be key, Farquharson said.
"With these considerations in mind the PIP caretakers believe that the proposed operational safety plan for the park would reduce the exposure risks for themselves and their staff to a reasonable level so that the park can be open for some users," Farquharson wrote.
“If these measures are successful, then consideration can be given to allowing more camp sites to open."
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[Reader's Note: the District of Taylor has updated Farquharson's report to include more details about the planned opening. Click here to read the report in full.]