Spring looks different during a pandemic, and the past few weeks there have been a lot of changes to how Edmonton will approach the coming months. I wanted to give another update regarding the City’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The City is launching a new toolkit to serve Edmontonians and provide information for daily life during COVID-19. The toolkit will provide guidelines for life in Edmonton during this time as we learn and adapt to our current reality. It will outline activities citizens can continue to enjoy safely, and provide any updates on guidelines and restrictions.
The website can be found at edmonton.ca/covid-19toolkit. The City will continue to update it with any updates to restrictions and will highlight what activities Edmontonians can safely participate in.
If you’re a property owner, you can expect to see your 2020 property tax notices in your mailbox shortly. The payment deadline is June 30 – however, late-payment charges on unpaid taxes will not be charged until September 1. This includes education and municipal portions of the tax bill for residential and non-residential properties. If you’re enrolled in the Monthly Payment Plan, you can request to reduce or delay your monthly payments until August 31.
To access your information, please visit MyProperty.edmonton.ca. Using this website, you can access your account balances, request a monthly payment plan application and confirm payment has been received.
Effective Friday, May 22, playgrounds, skateparks, tennis, pickleball, volleyball and basketball courts, disc golf, outdoor fitness parks and athletic tracks will start to re-open. As always, all users must follow public health guidelines:
- Maintaining 2 metre physical distance;
- Gathering in groups of 50 or fewer;
- Only sharing common equipment with members of the same family or cohort;
- Staying home if you feel sick;
- Washing and sanitizing your hands before and after using these areas.
Some courts and courses, for basketball and disc golf, will be ready immediately. Tennis courts will take a bit longer to unlock and reopen in order to rehang nets and clean surfaces. If there are barriers, please allow some time for City crews to remove them. Please note: no league play is allowed and no new bookings will be taken for any field or court right now. Spray parks will remain closed for the 2020 summer season. But if you’re looking for a great summer activity, the Edmonton Valley Zoo will re-open with restrictions on June 15 for visitors to enjoy.
Edmontonians can start eating at their favourite restaurants again – Administration has developed guidelines for temporary outdoor retail spaces, patios and cafes. Effective immediately, Edmonton businesses can temporarily increase capacity by expanding into outdoor patio/retail space. If you’re a business owner looking to pursue this, you can find the no-fee application form here.
Additionally, the City will be reintroducing EPark fees effective on June 8, so please take note of this if you’ll require parking when you’re getting outside.
Lastly, the three remaining off-leash dog parks in Paisley, Alex Decoteau and Manning Village are now reopened, allowing dogs to be off-leash. Manning Village will remain closed due to maintenance.
If you’re looking to get outside, I would encourage you to explore the Edmonton & Area Land Trust conservation lands. The EALT has 14 natural areas in the Edmonton region, which are open to the public for visitors. I went out to the Bunchberry Meadows over the long weekend and would highly recommend you explore these areas. As we know, Edmontonians are getting back to walking during the pandemic, so if you’re looking for a place to walk with fewer people around, this is a great option. You can find more information and maps here: ealt.ca/conservation-lands.
I want to express my gratitude to you and all Edmontonians who have been facing these trying times together. It’s been tough, but it’s been wonderful to see our community come together in a time like this. And as we continue to relaunch and slowly make our way out of this, I will keep sending updates as they come. Until then, please feel free to reach out if you have questions or concerns, we’re always more than happy to help in any way we can.