County of Brant Begins Re-opening Recreational Amenities

Brant County – The County of Brant has started the process to re-open some outdoor spaces throughout the area.

The province recently announced some recreational amenities were permitted to re-open including river access, tennis courts, dog parks and disc golf courses. In response, Brant County’s Director of Parks and Facilities, Kathy Ballantyne, says the county will be working over the next week to safely re-open these areas, but asks for the public’s patience.

As of Saturday, May 16th, river access on Forbes Drive in Glen Morris has re-opened for launching and landing and Penman’s Dam at 116 Willow Street in Paris is open for landing only.

The Penman’s Dam Portage and Launch (located south of the dam) is temporarily closed due to spring flooding damage. Bean Park river access also remains closed as Brant Park, which is owned by the Grand River Conservation Authority, remains closed for landing.

Additional procedures have been put in place for river access. Groups are limited to a maximum of five people and must practice physical distancing from other groups, paying special attention to boardwalks and stairs. The hours of use are currently 9:00AM – 6:00PM daily, however, launches must take place by 2:00PM. Commercial river access permits remain unavailable at this time.

Parks and trails in Brant County remain open.

Non-member tennis courts in the area are also slated to re-open on Tuesday, May 19th, including the Mt. Pleasant Tennis Courts at 555 Burtch Road and the Burford Tennis Courts at 14 Potter Drive.

The dates to re-open the club membership tennis courts located in Paris and St. George are to be announced shortly.

New measures put in place require singles play on all courts, although doubles may be played by four members of the same family provided they live at the same residence.

Re-opening timelines for the disc golf course and the Simply Grand Dog Park have not yet been set, however, the county says an announcement will be made in the near future.

At this time, playgrounds, picnic shelters and other outdoor sports courts, equipment and facilities remain closed until further direction is provided by the province.

The County of Brant encourages residents with further questions to use their COVID-19 Response Line at 519-761-8391 or email [email protected]