Two Major Parks Host Safe Winter Activities

Posted On Tuesday February 02, 2021

Lamoureux Park and Guindon Park are offering expanded winter play activities this year.

“Since the start of the pandemic, there has been a dramatic increase in residents’ interest in safe opportunities to exercise,” said Mark Boileau, General Manager of Planning, Development, and Recreation. “We’ve added new key features to our parks to provide our community with more options.”

Lamoureux Park

At the City’s riverside park, activities include a sledding hill, skating rink by the Clock Tower, and washrooms open daily. Paths are plowed and salted regularly for walkers, while snowshoers and cross-country skiers are encouraged to blaze their own trails. Lights throughout Lamoureux Park ensure a safe experience at any time of day.

Cornwallites of all ages are welcome to build snowmen and snow forts in the park. Artist Ryan Hill of Akwesasne is leading that charge with the construction of a massive snow dragon named Myrtle, visible near the Clock Tower.

“When I was asked about doing a piece for the City of Cornwall I jumped at the chance,” said Hill, who has been working on the sculpture with his family in the evenings after work and school. Hill, who runs a gallery in Akwesasne, was unable to take his work and skills to festivals this year due to the pandemic.

“I love doing snow and ice during the winter because it uplifts my spirit. The smiles on people’s faces make it all worth it.”

Hill’s work will remain visible in the park as long as the weather permits.

Guindon Park

An expanded and improved trail network offers recreation for snowshoers, cross-country skiers, walkers, and fatbikers. Non-skiers should stay off designated cross-country ski trails. Click here for the trail map.

Trails are accessible 24/7 from the east parking lot. Trails and the washroom (open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) can be accessed during the day from the west via Floral Drive and Trillium Drive.

New benches are in place and there is plenty of parking available.

COVID-19 Safety Reminders

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit has set guidelines to help everyone enjoy the outdoors safely. While Ontario is under a Stay at Home Order, residents can still go outside to exercise and enjoy fresh air. Remember to:

  • Distance from other park and trail users,
  • Wear a mask when distancing is a challenge,
  • Sanitize your hands regularly,
  • Limit social gatherings to five people, and
  • Respect skater limits for outdoor rinks (click here for the full list).

To learn more about enjoying the outdoors safely this winter, click here.

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