Public lands are open!

Ford Nation reverses it’s decision on outdoor spaces

Hello again, Sturgeon Point Community.  Twice in one day! 

If only I’d waited until this afternoon, when Doug Ford reversed his decision to close outdoor spaces amid backlash from an infectious diseases physician and a petition that circulated with more than 5,400 signatures as of 4pm today.

Sooooo… the playground, beach and wharf are open for use.

Please enjoy these spaces with your family bubble and remember to respect social distancing.  SPA doesn’t sanitize the playground equipment, so use at your own “risk”.  

I love Merry-Go-Rounds, but even I’m getting dizzy!

We’ll keep you posted!

Stay healthy and sane,

Cat Medici
Director, Communications

Update on Ontario Government COVID-19 Restrictions

Hello Sturgeon Point Community,

By now, everyone has likely heard about the new Ontario Government COVID-19 restrictions.  While the restrictions affect everyone, SPA feels it necessary to point out how the restrictions affect our community directly.

The new restrictions ordered the immediate closure of outdoor recreational amenities, including playgrounds, tennis courts and golf courses.  As such, SPA must close our properties – the playgroundpublic beach and wharf.  The leaf dump will remain open.  While we will not tape the areas off, we ask the community to please respect the closures until we are out of lockdown, which will hopefully end after the six weeks that started April 8th (approximately May 20th, however, I won’t be surprised if it is extended again to cover Victoria Day weekend).

If any of you are like me, you may be feeling like a caged bird.  I find it difficult to be within the confines of my home for extended periods of time.  Although there are restrictions, please do take care of your physical and mental health by continuing to get outside for walks, runs and bike rides, to take advantage of our beautiful lake as the weather warms with swimming, canoeing, kayaking and SUP.

We’ll keep you posted as the situation changes.

Wishing everyone good health and sound minds,

Cat Medici
Director, Communications

Off-Road Vehicles in CoKL

There has been a lot of talk, and some community concerns voiced, around the changes made to provincial legislation regarding Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) use on highways and municipal roads in the City of Kawartha Lakes.  As a result, a task force has been formed and “the goal is to provide Council with recommendations based on research and public consultation that will help expand and enhance ORV use activity across the municipality.”

For more information, please check out the following links:
Kawartha Lakes to develop off road vehicle Task Force
Off Road Vehicle Task Force

At least one member of the Sturgeon Point community has already sent an email to Councillor Doug Elmslie and the Hon. Laurie Scott (Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock), Minister of Infrastructure, voicing concern about these vehicles being allowed to be driven on the small roads in our community.

While SPA is not expressing an official opinion, we encourage all members to become informed and to voice their own opinions.  You can contact Councillor Elmslie, Minister Scott and the Chair of the ORV Task Force, at the following coordinates:

Councillor P. Dunn
Chair, ORV Task Force
Kawartha Lakes Council
705-324-9411
[email protected]

Hon. Laurie Scott
Minister of Infrastructure
14 Lindsay St. N
Lindsay, ON  K9V 1T4
[email protected]
705-324-6654 or Toll Free 1-800-424-2490

Councillor Doug Elmslie
City of Kawartha Lakes, Ward 3
705-324-9411 extension 3803
[email protected]