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Posted on: May 29, 2020

Many Parks & Recreation facilities to reopen June 1

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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Many, but not all, Clarksville Parks & Recreation and Montgomery County Parks facilities and amenities will reopen Monday, June 1 as the community enters the next phase of the COVID-19 reopening process.

Facilities

Rental facilities, such as park pavilions, Wilma Rudolph Event Center, and Freedom Point will begin taking reservations. Each facility will have its own guidelines for maximum capacity, and social distancing will be required during events that use these facilities.

Playgrounds and outdoor fitness equipment will reopen. Patrons are advised to maintain social distancing and use these amenities at their own risk.

The City’s Crow and Kleeman Recreation Centers will reopen for non-contact activities and programming that are compliant with social distancing guidelines. Basketball will not be permitted, but fitness centers will be open. Operational hours will be limited to allow for proper sanitizing. Burt-Cobb Recreation Center will remain closed during work to install a new roof.

Fort Defiance Interpretive Center will reopen to visitors with social distancing guidelines in place.

Clarksville BCycle stations will open. Patrons are advised to use the BCycle app rather than the kiosk and to wash hands before and after the use of the bicycles.

Restrooms

All large manned parks (Liberty Park, Heritage Park, McGregor Park) will have at least one public restroom open. Neighborhood parks will have portable restrooms available that are maintained and serviced by an outsourced company. For a complete list visit the COVID-19 page at clarksvilleparksrec.com.

Additionally, all County parks with restrooms, including Civitan, RichEllen, Rotary and Woodlawn, will have at least one public restroom available.

Aquatics and Athletics

Bel-Aire and Swan Lake pools will reopen June 20 with reduced capacity and significant social distancing guidelines. Splash Pads will remain closed.

Non-contact sports, such as tennis, baseball, softball or batting cages, will be allowed use of facilities for limited practice or play. Both City and County officials will allow local league play only. Local travel teams cannot rent Montgomery County fields at this time because of the lease agreement with the little leagues at each facility. All tournaments have been canceled through the month of June. 

At Montgomery County’s three ballfield facilities -- Civitan Park, Woodlawn and RichEllen Park -- strict safety guidelines are in place for how leagues will operate concessions, fields and equipment and ensure social distancing between players and spectators.

Soccer, lacrosse, football and other contact sports will be limited to instructional practice only, and all participants will be required to follow social distancing guidelines. League play for contact sports will not be permitted to resume until Phase III. 

Swan Lake and Mason Rudolph Golf Courses will open to full operations. Social distancing guidelines will be followed inside the clubhouses, pro shops, on the practice greens and driving range. Payment must be made with debit or credit cards. Cash or checks will not be accepted. Operational hours may be limited to allow for proper sanitizing.

Events

The Clarksville Downtown Market will return to Public Square on June 6 with all vendors. The market has been operating since May 16 at a temporary location in McGregor Park North Extension. Many of the same safety precautions will be in place at the Public Square location.

The Clarksville Independence Day celebration on July 3rd has been postponed. Moving the event to Saturday, Sept. 12 as part of Riverfest is under consideration. Other events are being evaluated to determine if they can happen safely. The decisions on these events will be made in the coming weeks.

 The CDC states during Phase II all vulnerable residents should continue to shelter in place. Members of households with vulnerable residents should be aware that by returning to work or other environments where distancing is not practical, as they could carry the virus back home. Precautions should be taken to isolate vulnerable residents.

All individuals, when in public parks and outdoor recreation areas, should maximize physical distance from others. Social settings of more than 50 people, where appropriate distancing may not be practical, should be avoided unless precautionary measures are observed.

For information about Clarksville Parks & Recreation Phase II reopenings, visit ClarksvilleParksRec.com. For information about Montgomery County Parks visit https://mcgtn.org/parks

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