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Covid 19 update

We’ll keep this page updated with news from Dovercourt. Be sure to check our Facebook page where we’re posting crafts, activities, and fitness tips from our staff, who are all working at home on Covid-19 related work as well as making sure we’re prepared for when we reopen and welcome you back. 

Monday March 23, 2020

A note about playstructures: Our playground is the best playground ever, but for now, experts are asking us all to stay off. There is still too much unknown about how the virus can stay on surfaces —even cold metal. Until we know more, please don’t touch our play structure (and tire swing, and swings), even though it’s especially hard to resist with spring now coming quickly. 😔

It will be worth it.


Friday March 20, 2020

As you are aware, Dovercourt facilities are closed, and programs cancelled until at least April 6. We are following the advice of the medical directors of health and are in communication with our partners, the City of Ottawa, to ensure that we are getting up-to-the-minute information in these rapidly-evolving circumstances.

We take the safety of our staff and clients seriously. While we want to ensure that our community is physically distancing to help stop the spread of the Covid 19 virus, it is important to stay in contact with family, friends and neighbours to ensure everyone’s mental health. We will be utilizing our social media channels to pass along tips, strategies, and ideas to make this time more engaging and fun. Find us on Facebook and Twitter

Friday March 13, 2020:

Following the recommendations made by the City of Ottawa, Ottawa Public Health and Federal government agencies, we have cancelled all Dovercourt Recreation Association (including Bluesfest School of Music and Art, WAVE, Van Lang Field House, and McKellar Park Field House) programming, classes, rentals and other facility use scheduled to run from Monday March 16 to Sunday April 5 inclusive, or until further notice. This includes March Break Camps and our After School program. 

We understand that while these program cancellations will create challenges for all our families, they are essential to the well-being of our staff, clients and greater community. As we continue to follow Ottawa Public Health and the City of Ottawa’s expertise, we will keep you informed concerning further developments in our programming and schedules. Please continue to visit our website for more information as it becomes available.

In the coming days, we will be communicating via email with all clients who are impacted by program cancellations on how we will proceed with rescheduling classes and processing of refunds and credits.

Thank you for your patience, and please do your part in keeping yourself and your community healthy: https://www.ottawapublichealth.ca/en/index.aspx

UPDATE – March 12, 2020:

Following the announcement made by the Ontario Ministry of Education that all publicly funded schools will remain closed for two weeks following March Break, we will be following suit with our afterschool and PD Day programming.

There will be no Before or After Care programming from March 23 to April 3 inclusive. There will be no PD Programming on April 3rd.

Under the recommendations and advice of Ottawa Public Health and the City of Ottawa, our March Break Camps will run as planned.

At this time we have not made any further programming changes.

Updates to follow.

March 11, 2020: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Clients

(Adapted from communications from the Ottawa Carleton District School Board & Ottawa Public Health)

We appreciate that clients may have questions about the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and how Dovercourt and Bluesfest School of Music and Art will manage it. 

We are actively following the latest updates and recommendations made by Ottawa Public Health (OPH). We follow guidance on health matters from our Federal, Provincial and local health authorities, including Ottawa Public Health (OPH) and, as a partner of the City of Ottawa, we will always follow all recommendations and health policies of the Ottawa’s Recreation, Cultural and Facility Services department.

We are encouraging staff and contractors to stay home should they feel ill. We have increased our disinfectant cleaning of high touch areas such as handrails, door handles and water fountains throughout the Centre, and we have put reminders around the building regarding proper handwashing techniques recommended by Ottawa Public Health. We are also supplying additional hand sanitizer in more locations for staff and client use.

At this time, there are no changes to our programming, rentals or access to facilities.

We ask that all clients take the time to make themselves aware and be respectful of all recommendations made by Ottawa Public Health with regards to Novel Coronavirus.

Please check Ottawa Public Health’s Novel Coronavirus web page for information on the virus, regular updates, and other tips and resources on how best to prevent the spread of germs.

Stay informed by monitoring the Province of Ontario’s novel coronavirus web page, which is updated every weekday at 10:30 a.m. ET.

We also recommend you download the Ministry of Health’s information sheet about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.

About Dovercourt

Dovercourt Recreation Association (DRA) is a not for profit charitable organization (Registered Charity No. 11944 4263 RR0001) dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in our community through recreation programs. In 1983, the City of Ottawa began work on the planning of a new community centre to replace the Westboro Community Centre. DRA was actively involved in the process, and when the new centre opened in 1987, Dovercourt was given the responsibility of managing the new centre through a service agreement. While we are part of the City of Ottawa’s recreation system, DRA is empowered to choose what programs it runs to meet the community’s needs, and how those programs are delivered. Our motto is “A Community Working For the Community, Une communauté qui travaille pour la communauté”. Staff, volunteers, clients, local community groups and businesses working together…that’s Dovercourt.

Dovercourt Recreation Association is Eastern Ontario’s first HIGH FIVE Accredited organization, providing the highest standard of recreation programming for children in Ottawa. Children will find HIGH FIVE® certified leaders in every Aquatic, Recreation, Camp and After-School program.

For our hours of operation, location etc, see the Contact Us page.

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