This is an exciting week for us West Islanders! After consulting several websites, social media, and placing various phone calls, here is the official list of leisure activities that are open city-by-city in the West Island, as well as some activities and plans to look forward to in the near future. Please still continue to wash your hands and maintain social distancing!

Pointe-Claire:

-PARKS (including skateparks and dog parks)
-COMMUNITY GARDENS
-TENNIS COURTS
-DOCS FOR WATER SPORTS
-SPLASH PADS (June 15th)
-LIBRARY (by appointment only)
-WILD WILLY’S (ice cream counts as a leisure activity right?) 

The city of Pointe-Claire recently announced the gradual reopening of sports and leisure activities such as canoeing, swimming, diving, baseball, soccer training activities as well as the shuttle service for boaters at Grande-Anse Park and the hopeful intent of outdoor pools. They haven’t yet given a specific date for each activity but are confirming the development of health and safety measures which will then be approved by the various sports federations and associations. Concerning outdoor pools, throughout June it’s noted that the “criteria for the safe reopening of pools will be determined and applied to promote the use of these facilities while maintaining high standards of health protection.” They mention “health first” as the most important factor towards outdoor pools but still don’t mention any detailed confirmation about its reopening. It’s also noted that from June 15th residents can start using the boat launch at Alexandre-Bourgeau Park so long as you have a permit.
INFO: https://www.pointe-claire.ca/en/

Kirkland:

-PARKS (including dog parks)
-PLAYGROUNDS
-TENNIS COURTS
-LIBRARY (by appointment only)

Regarding the “appointment only” from libraries: Formally called the “Contactless Loan Service”, you order a book from their ONLINE library catalogue, which a library employee will then contact you for your appointment time and you will then be invited to pick up your book (inside a bag) between the 2 entrance doors. You then must return your book through the book chute when the time comes. 

The city of Kirkland has also announced the opening of their splash pads and play structures officially starting on June 16th, even noting the opening of a completely new playground and splash pad at Meades Park.
INFO: https://www.ville.kirkland.qc.ca/

Wanna know why kids love splash pads? Watch my interview with these cuties, or scroll on to continue reading the list of activities/city.

Dorval: 

-PARKS (including skateparks and dog parks)
-VARIOUS SPORTS FIELDS (including basketball, bocce, pickleball) (open practice only, no games)
-TENNIS COURTS
-BOAT RAMP (for those that are members)
-LIBRARY (by appointment only) 

In yesterday’s press release, Dorval officially announced the reopening of its 3 aquatic centres! “The Ballantyne, Surrey, and Walters aquatic centres will open their doors to the public in order to offer some fun and refreshment to Dorval residents. However, in light of the current situation related to COVID-19, the operating ways will be much different than in years past.” At the Dorval Aquatic centres, they do mention that private and semi-private lessons and Aqua Fit courses will be possible under certain conditions. They also mention that free-swim hours SHOULD open at some point. They stress that no aquatic memberships will be offered this summer, and 50-minute time slots are offered instead to allow all citizens access. Dorval’s city hall officially reopened on June 15th. They recently announced exciting news about drive-in movie theatre events but was postponed due to heavy wind. Keep your eyes peeled for a later date!

INFO: https://www.ville.dorval.qc.ca/

Beaconsfield: 

-PARKS (including dog parks)
-PLAYGROUNDS
-SUMMER CAMPS (early July)
-LIBRARY (by appointment only) 

Something Beaconsfield residents can look forward to this summer is “Fitness By the Lake” at Centennial Park, where they are offering outdoor classes such as yoga, pilates, ballroom dancing, eccentrics, amongst others. It will cost you $43.10 for a 5 week period starting July 6th. 

INFO: https://www.beaconsfield.ca/

Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue: 

-PLAYGROUNDS
-WATER FOUNTAINS
-DOG PARKS
-THE OUTDOOR STE-ANNE MARKET
-THE ICE CREAM STORES yay!
-LIBRARY (appointment only)

-COMMUNITY POOL

For those who haven’t already heard, the boardwalk along the canal in the Saint-Anne’s village will finally be reopening on June 16th! They remind us to keep the proper distance, and will also implement arrows to keep circulation in ONE DIRECTION. Boating will be permitted starting June 15th, where three lockages will be scheduled at a fixed hour every day: 9 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 4 p.m. The pool registrations for the summer have been suspended but are not yet out of question for reopening. City Hall is now opened to the public by appointment only. 

INFO: https://www.ville.sainte-anne-de-bellevue.qc.ca/

Pierrefonds/Roxboro:

-TENNIS COURTS (30 min game, no doubles)
-VARIOUS SPORTS FIELDS (Soccer fields, baseball, basketball, track)
-PETANQUE, BOCCE FIELDS, LAWN BOWLING
-SKATEPARKS AND DOG PARKS
-NEIGHBOURHOOD PARKS AND NATURE PARKS
-MUNICIPAL GOLF
-SUMMER PUBLIC MARKETS
-WATER GAMES (Parkinson park and Cyril-W.-McDonald park, Cérès Park, du Boisé Park)

INFO: https://montreal.ca/en/pierrefonds-roxboro

Dollard-Des-Ormeaux 

-PARKS (including dog parks)
-TENNIS COURTS (residents only)
-SPLASH PADS (next week) 

I’ve been told that 2 out of 3 of DDO’s splash pads will be opening early this week, and even more exciting, they are currently in the process of trying to figure out the reopening of public pools, in which they will make an official announcement in the coming weeks. The public library is not currently open due to previous renovations, but will likely reopen by appointment only sometime in July. 

INFO: https://ville.ddo.qc.ca/

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