It’s opening day for outdoor recreation in Ontario and the region
ST. THOMAS, ONT. – “We knew we had to get there early if we wanted to get on the field and play,” said Catherine Upfold, a pickleball player in St. Thomas, Ont.
Courts were stalled early in the morning as people were eager to return to the field after restrictions were lifted for the first time since April 17, 2021.
“We were on the side of all the medical experts in saying that outdoor recreation should be started immediately so that we couldn’t get out of the room,” Upfold says.
“It’s been tough over the past year so it’s really good to be here to play.”
Near Port Stanley, Ontario. there were a lot of leisure options being used on Saturday.
Boaters were delighted to see the municipal boat launch open.
“We just bought a Seadoo this year, so we were very excited,” says Katie Helmeczy.
“We picked it up yesterday at Grand Bend but the launches are still closed. We waited until this morning, got up at 8:30 am and got off here and it’s just nice to have something to do . “
On the other side of the rowboat, Francisco Dacosta has launched his boat for the first time in five years.
“We put a new wire in the engine and we got going and this thing flies,” says Dacosta.
“I hope we can get over the virus and enjoy life.”
Vlad Moya seen skateboarding in Port Stanley, Ontario. May 22, 2021 (Brent Lale / CTV London)
At the skatepark on the other side of the village, Vlad Moya was taking advantage of the reopening. “I couldn’t be more excited,” Moya said.
“It’s just a great form of exercise and you know that in order to be able to roll, jump freely, and do a few things, you know it’s something you’ve been waiting for a long time.”
And golfers have expressed the most frustration over the past six weeks that golf is always safe.
“We’re all fortunate to be still working and not having the outdoors or going out stuck in a house that I think was driving us all a little bit crazy,” said Cassandra Lee, a golfer playing at the Bluffs on Saturday. in Port Stanley.
“As soon as we heard that the golf courses were opening, we went straight to the cell phone to book golf times.”
Cassandra Lee, golfer at the Bluffs in Port Stanley, Ont. May 22, 2021 (Brent Lale / CTV London)
Saturday was the season’s opening day at the Bluffs as they hadn’t started until the provincial stay-at-home order was put in place.
“It’s definitely a long time coming,” says club professional Daryl Sinden.
“We have a full tee sheet today and the phones were on the go and we’re just excited to start.”
The province’s roadmap for the reopening says more outdoor activities will open in phase one which is slated for June 14. These include outdoor sports, training and personal training for up to ten people.