COVID ending – Summer beginning

2021-08-06

As I write this in late May, it appears that the Covid pandemic is winding down in both Quebec and Canada. Getting out this summer is more important than ever for the mental and physical health of you and your kids. You have almost no chance of getting Covid outside and even less if you have gotten one or two shots. So, get out and enjoy all we have to offer. Here is what you can expect this summer in Hampstead.
Our day camp will open at the end of June for 8 weekly sessions. It is limited to Hampstead residents and there is a waiting list. Should the rules loosen, we will accept more campers in each group.
Tennis has been in full operation since early May with season passes at the same reduced rates as last summer. They are limited to Hampstead residents and to non-residents who had season passes in 2020 or 2019. Hampstead residents who wish to play only occasionally can get single guest passes. Due to Covid regulations, courts must be reserved in advance. With well over 200 season passes sold, the courts are very busy so reserve early to avoid disappointment. At the end of the season, we expect to redo all the courts’ infrastructure and surfaces, fix the irrigation and drainage and install new lights.
The pool has opened with basically the same rules as last summer so only Hampstead residents can get season passes (no daily passes) and time slots must be reserved. Based on feedback that I got from users, the current rules were very much appreciated and we are operating from 7:30am to 8:30pm seven days a week again this summer. Please note that while reservations are for 1 hour you can use the grounds before, during and after your time slot, socially distanced and space permitting. However, last summer there was always plenty of space on the grounds. You can bring folding chairs if you wish.
Our parks are all open with playgrounds, the exercise equipment and dog run in Hampstead Park in full operation this summer. The splash pad area in Councillors (Gayton) park is also open. Only the water fountains remain closed due to Covid restrictions. Our baseball, soccer and other sports programs are all operating.
Events
We couldn’t run our very popular summer concert series in Hampstead Park last year but if the rules loosen enough, we will try to have 4-5 concerts this summer and we purchased several new tents so the show will go on rain or shine. We hope to have Hampstead Day this year in September, again assuming the rules allow it. Minor events like Movies in the Park are likely to happen.
At home
Aside from all of the above, may I suggest BBQs in your backyards and for those of you with pools, pool parties. Of course, follow the rules on the numbers but they will be loosening steadily so take full advantage of our new freedoms.
Not all play
We expect to do twice as many roads as last year and twice as many sidewalks. The new roads will have conduits under them for the street light wiring. We also hope to start work on a second Public Works building on the half of the Public Works yard facing Finchley. In addition, we will have a grant that will cover over $500,000 of work on our sewers.
If you have any comments or questions on this topic or anything related to Hampstead, please e-mail me at wsteinberg@hampstead.qc.ca or call me 7 days a week until midnight at my home office (514) 483-6954.


Sincerely,


Dr. Bill Steinberg
Mayor, Town of Hampstead