Urban planners rethinking green spaces after COVID-19 : Matti Siemiatycki in conversation with The Weather Network

May 30, 2020 by School of Cities Staff

"Parks play a critical role in our communities. They serve as places for people to unwind, get some fresh air, exercise, and socialize. COVID-19 is changing how we may do these things in green spaces." Marta Czurylowicz from The Weather Network engaged Prof. Matti Siemiatycki, interim director at the School of Cities, in a conversation around the challenges posed by the pandemic in the safe usage of public spaces. Talking about the integral role that parks play in the everyday wellbeing of city dwellers, Prof. Siemiatycki opined that the traditional approaches to ensuring that the public is fully aware of the precautions to be taken, might work the best. “I think in many ways the most mundane approaches are also going to be the most successful. Good, clear communication with what parks are open, what spaces are safe," said Siemiatycki. He also suggests that people should be careful of frequenting the same public spaces to avoid scenes like the one observed at Trinity Bellwoods this past weekend.

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Click below to watch the entire interview, via The Weather Network.