Heavy winter snowfall could force City of Burlington facilities to close

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Published November 23, 2021 at 12:57 pm

With the cold weather here, and snow on the horizon, the City of Burlington is reminding residents of its policy around closing city-run facilities.

When weather events such as snow or freezing rain become more extreme, and safe travel becomes more challenging, the city may decide to close some or all facilities such as community centres, pools, arenas and city hall.

It is important for people to know that a declared snow event does not automatically mean all facilities are closed or programs are cancelled.

When city facilities are closed due to weather, residents can stay informed by subscribing to facility closure updates, or by checking the website. The recorded message at 905-335-7738 will also be updated when facilities are closed due to inclement weather.

“Making the decision to close or keep a facility open is always a difficult one that we take very seriously,” said Chris Glenn, director of Recreation, Community and Culture.

“We look at what is happening right now and in the near future to make the best decision with enough time for staff, instructors, renters and participants to adjust their plans accordingly. Our priority is safety for staff and public.”

Sometimes a program may be cancelled when city facilities remain open. For instance, if staff are unable to travel to operate the facility or the program instructor is unable to travel safely. If a program is cancelled when the facility remains open, staff will make all efforts to contact the participants in advance when possible.

Residents wanting to stay informed on snow event declarations, facility closures and re-openings and recreation program changes due to inclement weather should follow the city social media accounts.

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