You know that right now life is far from normal because of the emergency around novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Mississauga, around Ontario, and across Canada. Like most people around our community, we’re navigating the restrictions and closures as best we can. And of course, we’re incredibly grateful for the front line health care staff, delivery people, food service staff, grocery store staff, pharmacy workers, and all the other dedicated individuals who continue to serve in essential roles.
Amid the challenges of COVID-19, we’re still here for you through the work we do connect community with nature. Here’s what you need to know.
The Riverwood Conservancy is still running
The Riverwood Conservancy’s office at Chappell House is closed to the public, but we do have limited staff working in the office, and other members of our team working from home. Volunteer activities will slowly restart when public health guidelines allow. The essential environmental work that we do, fueled by our donors and supporters, will carry on.
Riverwood High Tea and the Riverwood Garden Soiree have been cancelled
Due to COVID-19, we’ve had to cancel two of our most popular events, the Riverwood High Tea (scheduled for May 9) and the Riverwood Garden Soiree (scheduled for June 5). If you have already purchased tickets, you will be contacted with more information on a refund or converting your purchase into a donation. Your support matters now more than ever, and your gift will truly make a difference by minimizing the negative impacts of COVID-19-related revenue losses felt by our fundraising events and environmental programs. Make a donation here.
Trails at Riverwood are open
The Riverwood trail network is open to the public, and the park remains open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. You can access the park by walking in, or by parking in one of our lots. Parking is always free. Dogs are welcome but must be leashed at all times. Please clean up after your pet.
Some areas are off limits
The Sensory Path, which includes a number of tactile elements, is closed due to the increased possibility of contamination.
Washrooms adjacent to the Visual Arts Mississauga building are open
The Visual Arts Mississauga (VAM) office and studios are open to staff and students only, but the washroom area is open to the public. For updates on their events and courses, head over to VAM’s website, or email them.
Social distancing and trail etiquette
The folks who frequent our trails are a friendly bunch, and we can maintain that cordiality and stay safe with these pointers:
Keep a space of at least two metres (six feet) between yourself and others you may encounter on the trails. For reference, that’s a space of two golden retrievers standing nose to tail, the width of an average sedan, or the length of a mattress.
Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after your excursion.
Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
If you have to cough or sneeze, do so into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hands.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
Above all, if you’re feeling unwell, please stay at home. If you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance of visiting a health care facility.
If you’re in need of food but have limited mobility, please visit the Mississauga Food Bank for information about delivery options.