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Changes at Burnaby parks and increased patrols to aid public safety

With the likelihood that Burnaby parks will be busier during Easter long weekend, residents are encouraged to make responsible choices and to continue to practice physical distancing.

The warm weather may seem inviting, but the message from public health officials in B.C. remains the same: avoid crowds and stay home whenever possible to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.

To ensure public safety, the City of Burnaby has taken a number of steps, including increasing staff patrols at all busy parks beginning this weekend, posting physical distancing signage at parks and trails, and changing to a one-way only travel pattern at Deer Lake Park.

Changes at Deer Lake Park

Deer Lake is one of the city’s busiest parks. Making the trails one-way only will make it easier for people to enjoy the trails while practicing physical distancing. With a variety of loop length options, walkers can choose the path that suits their needs. Large maps at all the main entrances to the park show the routes, and there is directional signage throughout the park:

  • Deer Lake Route = 3.5km
  • Hart House Mini Route = 1.2km
  • Oakland Flats = 2km
  • Royal Oak Meadow Route = 1.7km

While the new one-way measure will make it easier for people to keep their distance from each another, the best way to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 is to avoid visiting the park during peak hours. 

April 10 update: Due to concerns with crowding at Deer Lake Park, the City has closed the parking lots at Royal Oak Avenue, Sperling Avenue (beach access & boat launch), Burnaby Art Gallery, Shadbolt Centre for the Arts and Burnaby Village Museum effective immediately.

The park remains open, but we encourage people to avoid visiting during peak hours. We urge all visitors to ensure they are practicing physical distancing.

Changes at Barnet Marine Park

If you plan to visit Barnet Marine Park this weekend, we encourage you to avoid peak times to ensure physical distancing at this busy park. The pedestrian bridge linking the west parking lot to the park is closed, as is the playground in the park and the east washroom.

Access to the park and beach is available through the west parking lot and west entrance only. 

Enhanced Park Patrols

We will have increased staff patrols at the following parks: Deer Lake, Barnet Marine, Central, Burnaby Fraser Foreshore, Confederation and Edmonds. Staff will be reminding visitors to keep two metres between themselves and others. 

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