For weeks now we have had to share negative news about closings throughout the City. Today we are reversing the trend and announcing some locations and facilities that will reopen.

With that said we want to stress the importance that even though we are going to be enjoying some of the things we once took for granted we must still practice social distancing as much as we possibly can to contain the spread.

Following are scheduled re-openings with some guidelines and limitations:

• Today the caution tape will be removed in the park picnic areas. Tables will be spaced appropriately and we ask that you leave them in place.

• Tape around the playground equipment will be removed today in all parks.

• Other facilities now open include the Tennis Courts, Dog Park, Skate Park, Trout Pond, Disc Golf, Walking Trails, Pickle Ball Court and Gaga Pit.

• At the Civic Center the weight room, fitness center, indoor walking track and indoor pool will now be open. However, the locker room, showers and water fountains will remain closed.

Restrooms in the parks will reopen. Sanitization in the restrooms will occur twice per day due to the number of parks and facilities that require attention. If you will be spending time in the park and could possibly be using the restrooms you may wish to bring sanitizing products on your own.

Prior to the lockdown of restrooms we experienced a problem with toilet paper. We will again be stocking the restrooms with toilet paper, however, if it continues to disappear at the rate we experienced prior to lockdown we will be unable to keep it stocked.

Unfortunately the basketball courts must remain closed at this time since this is a close contact activity.

We must say a big thanks to Parks Director Tony Lawrence and the Parks Department Staff for working very hard today to get everything back in place.

AND COMING SOON…….

McNeil Park will reopen May 30

Drumroll please………the OUTDOOR POOL AT EIFFEL TOWER PARK WILL OPEN JUNE 1 with a limit of 100 visitors at a time. We will provide more information on the pool operations in a separate post.

We will continue to monitor the COVID 19 cases in Henry County as well as the State guidelines to determine the status of continuing operations and the reopening of additional facilities.

Again, this will determine how diligent we are to continue social distancing and still returning to some sort of normal.