A new park has opened in downtown Walkerton.
The Municipality of Brockton says it is for the convenience of shoppers and local businesses -- especially restaurants -- in dealing with the pandemic.
The new Durham Street Park is located between Walker's Landing on the Remax office on the north side of Durham Street.
It will open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and offer a hand-washing station, portable restroom and six picnic tables.
"The space will be limited to groups of less than 10 people, following guidelines from the Medical Officer of Health, and groups are asked to stay six apart from each other. There must not be more than six people at a table," a release from the municipality explains.
Brockton Mayor Christ Peabody says the municipality wanted to create a space where shoppers could take a break and enjoy a meal with the convenience of sanitation amenities nearby.
“In addition to this, I'm delighted to say that many restaurants have expanded their patios this summer, and council has adopted a new bylaw that allows restaurants and cafes to set up patios on Durham Street, providing certain conditions are met," Peabody explains.
The Municipality recently purchased the lot and was scheduled to start planning for a new downtown park space in 2021.
Council approved opening it ahead of time to assist businesses impacted by the pandemic and make the downtown more comfortable for shoppers and their families.