A local group of cycling activists want to see the roads that weave through Wascana Park closed to motorized traffic.
“With the weather warming up and people being cooped up at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more people will want to enjoy the park,” reads the letter.
“With fitness centres, hockey rinks, yoga studio and playgrounds closed and all sorts of events cancelled there is not much else to do.
“As there is less traffic now in general, this seems like a good time to give it a try.”
Other cities across Canada have closed streets to motorists while leaving them open for walking and cycling. This includes Winnipeg and Vancouver while other cities like Toronto are considering doing the same.
The Provincial Capital Commission (PCC) which oversees Wascana Park has already taken measures to limit social distancing.
Playground structures, picnic sites and sporting facilities remain closed until further notice.
In an email to Global News, the PCC said it has weighed the possibility of road closures, but it’s not a measure that will be taken at this time.
“We need to consider the safety of our staff to interact and enforce the road closure, and the need to maintain routes to provide emergency services to park users, and critical workplaces in the park that are still in operation (SaskPower, legislature, department of national defence),” said the PCC.
Additionally, parking would likely become an issue should the streets close.
“The request to limit parking would result in the cars parking in front of houses in the surrounding neighbourhoods, which could lead to complaints or all parking would occur in concentration in front of the legislature,” continued the statement.
The PCC is encouraging the community to continue practising sage physical distancing measures while using the park.
Signage has been placed around the park to encourage people to keep two-metres apart.
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