CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – (April 2, 2020) Due to the COVID-19 virus, and the difficulty in following social distancing guidelines when using some park facilities, the City of Cedar Rapids has closed the Riverside Skate Park, outdoor basketball courts, volleyball courts, sand volleyball courts, tennis courts, and baseball fields. Playgrounds and outdoor exercise stations were closed previously and remain closed. Signage has been posted at closed facilities and playgrounds have been taped off. Parks, trails, disc golf and dog parks are open at this time. Prairie Park Fishery is also open for fishing and walking.
“While we encourage people to get outside to exercise, it is difficult to keep a distance of six feet from others when using facilities like the skate park or playing basketball. We feel these closures will assist in keeping the community safe while using parks,” said Scott Hock, Parks and Recreation Director.
The public is reminded to follow CDC guidelines when using parks including:
·Follow social distancing standards of a minimum of six feet between you and other park users.
·Avoid areas where 10 or more people are gathered.
·Do not use park amenities where social distancing cannot be followed.
·Be aware that park restrooms are currently closed and water is not turned on. Please bring hand sanitizer with you.
·Please carry out any trash that is brought into the parks.
·If you have been sick in the last two weeks or have a cough, fever or other flu like symptoms, stay home for your health and the safety of others.
- Individuals 60 years of age and older, or those with underlying conditions, should stay at home to avoid potential exposures.