• John Jantak

Area summer recreation updates


Finishing touches are being put on the new chalet at the Pincourt swimming pool in Olympic Park which is scheduled to reopen sometime in early July – with restrictions.

Saint-Lazare announced it will go ahead with the reopening of its summer day camp at Parc nature les Forestiers on Chemin Lotbinière although the number of available places will be reduced this year because of COVID-19 distancing guidelines according to Mayor Robert Grimaudo.

“We have a privileged environment - an outdoor day camp. All our counsellors will be very well trained in the measures that need to be taken to operate the day camp,” Grimaudo told The Journal. “It’s not going to be business as usual considering the number of participants will be reduced. The task will definitely be more difficult but it will be manageable. We should open on time.”

Some libraries reopen

A semblance of normalcy is returning to some Vaudreuil-Soulanges municipalities amid the COVID-19 outbreak as libraries slowly begin to reopen their facilities, albeit with reduced services.

The Saint-Lazare library reopened June 2. Books and other materials can be reserved by sending an email or calling the library ahead of time. The reservation desk is open only to pick up the requested items.

Appointments necessary

“We then make an appointment to allow people to come and pick them up the materials because only one person at a time is allowed to come into the library. We check the requests every day to collect and prepare them,” said librarian Melanie Therrien.

Materials can be returned strictly through the book drop located outside the entrance to the library. The items are then collected, placed into a box and quarantined for 72 hours before they are returned to the stacks.

Grimaudo said he welcomed the library’s reopening. “It’s a service that people need. We want to make sure everyone remains well protected but the library is definitely open for business,” he told The Journal.

Returning materials borrowed before COVID-19

The reopening also means that people who have been holding onto library materials since mid-March, when a province-wide shutdown of businesses and other facilities such as libraries due to COVID-19 stay-at-home requirements, will be able to return their materials to the drop-off box located outside the library without incurring any fees.

“We’re not going to charge people late fees while the library was closed,” said Grimaudo. Residents are reminded they will not be able to roam through a library or use any of the in-house services that are normally available.

Pincourt reopening library and swimming pool

The Town of Pincourt will also partially reopen its library June 3 using the same safety protocol that is in place in Saint-Lazare meaning users will be able to reserve their materials on-line or by telephone. “After they make their reservations, they will receive a phone call from the library for when they can pick up their books,” said Mayor Yvan Cardinal.

The town also announced its swimming pool will reopen this summer in early July – however all swimming courses and activities of the Pincourt Aquatic Club are cancelled. Finishing touches are currently being completed to the new pool chalet. Town Council has decided to offer all Pincourt residents free access to the pool for the 2020 summer season.

Pincourt summer camp cancelled

Pincourt has decided to cancel its day camp, as well as the Chêne-Bleu camp. A statement of the town’s website said that, “Cancelling the camp was the wisest decision in the current context given the many human, health, financial and logistical constraints, the most important of which is the safety of children and staff.

“The decision was a tough one we didn’t relish making, especially in my case, since I'm a retired physical education teacher. However, we couldn’t guarantee that the children and instructors would benefit from optimal health and safety conditions, nor could we offer quality activities for all on an equitable basis,” said Cardinal.

“Our Recreation and Community Services team is setting up a new program to offset the cancellation of the camps, details of which will be announced shortly.”

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