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City of Palm Coast Closes Parks & Rec Facilities to Public, Cancels All City-run Activities Through End of April

Posted 3/16/2020 12:30:00 PM
Brittany McDermott
Community Recreation Manager
City of Palm Coast

Palm Coast - The City of Palm Coast continues to closely monitor COVID-19 and updates which we receive from our local partners at the Flagler County Emergency Management Office and Florida Health Department as well as from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention and Florida Department of Health.

Based on the latest guidance from the CDC, large events and mass gatherings can contribute to the spread of COVID-19 in the United States via travelers who attend these events and introduce the virus to new communities. Examples of large events and mass gatherings, whether planned by organizations or individuals, include conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings, and other types of assemblies.

The CDC, in accordance with its guidance for large events and mass gatherings, recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States. This recommendation does not apply to the day to day operation of organizations such as schools, institutes of higher learning, or businesses. This recommendation is made in an attempt to reduce introduction of the virus into new communities and to slow the spread of infection in communities already affected by the virus. This recommendation is not intended to supersede the advice of local public health officials.

In support of the CDC's recommendations, all City-run activities at city facilities starting Tuesday, March 17 through Thursday, April 30 are effectively cancelled. The Palm Coast Community Center, Palm Coast Tennis Center, Palm Harbor Golf Club, and Palm Coast Aquatics Center will also be closed to the public through this time. The City of Palm Coast will evaluate scheduled events extending beyond April at a later time as we continue to monitor recommendations.

Cancelled events for this time period include:

  • Food Truck Tuesday - Tuesday, March 17
  • Palm Coast Parks & Recreation Spring Break Camp - March 16-20
  • All Mayor's 90/90 Challenge activities
  • Food Truck Tuesday - Tuesday, March 17
  • NCCAA Youth Sports Clinic - Saturday, March 21
  • Egg'Stravaganza - Saturday, April 4
  • State of the City - Thursday, April 9
  • Movies in the Park - Friday, April 10
  • Mayor's Cup Golf Tournament - Saturday, April 18
  • Food Truck Tuesday - Tuesday, April 14
  • Spring Art Exhibition and Show - Wednesday, April 22
  • All Palm Coast Community Center activities
  • All Palm Coast Tennis Center activities
  • All Palm Harbor Golf Course activities
  • All Palm Coast Aquatics Center activities

All non-essential City meetings and non-emergency visits to our fire stations will continue to be restricted during this time period.

The Community Center will be open with reduced staffing for voting in the Florida Primary on Tuesday, March 17. The Community Center will be closed all other days.

At this present time:

  • City Hall will remain open for normal operations
  • Parks and trails will remain open for normal operations

Moving forward, palmcoastconnect.com will be the hub for City response to COVID-19. We strongly encourage you to register now so that you may track your issues and receive push notifications through this time period. Visit palmcoastconnect.com for updated information and register to receive notifications on any city updates.

It is crucial to follow the recommendations of the CDC and Florida Department of Health. For that, please visit the CDC website at cdc.gov and the Florida Department of Health at floridahealth.gov.

The Florida Department of Health COVID-19 hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 866-779-6121 or email your questions to COVID-19@flhealth.gov.

We will continue to provide information as deemed necessary by local, state and federal health officials.