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Palm Coast Parks & Recreation Announces Further Openings for Parks and Recreational Amenities Starting June 6

Posted 6/1/2020 5:32:00 PM

Parks & Recreation

UPDATE 6/8/2020 - Basketball and volleyball courts will reopen beginning Monday, June 8. 

Palm Coast - Following the Phase 1 expansion detailed in Governor DeSantis' "Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida's Recovery," the City of Palm Coast is pleased to announce a further, two-part opening of our recreational amenities.

"We understand how hard it has been to have these amenities unavailable - we love exploring all of our city's amazing parks, trails, and facilities, too," said Parks & Recreation Director Lauren Johnston. "So to be able to offer more opportunities to recreate is very exciting."

"Shutting down operations was a fast and needed response to the COVID pandemic. Reopening the City and its operations has to be methodical and thought out," according to Fire Chief Jerry Forte. "Seeing how the people's response to planning and creating safety measures has been encouraging as our partners try to get back to normalcy. We look forward to getting back to the summer pastimes and the traditions of families in the City."

The first part includes the following openings on Saturday, June 6.

The following parks will open:

  • Ralph Carter Park
  • Indian Trails Sports Complex

Playgrounds and water fountains will open at the following parks:

  • Belle Terre Park
  • Indian Trails Sports Complex
  • Palm Coast Linear Park
  • Ralph Carter Park
  • Seminole Woods Neighborhood Park
  • Waterfront Park

The following recreational amenities remain closed to the public:

  • All basketball courts
  • All park pavilions
  • All volleyball courts
  • James F. Holland Memorial Park playground
  • Palm Coast Aquatics Center
  • Palm Coast Community Center
  • Palm Coast Community Center Park (due to summer camp)

"We're very eager to get back on the fields and get our sports community active again. We've already submitted our safety plan to Palm Coast Parks & Recreation and we encourage other groups to do the same as soon as possible," said Peter Schoembs, president of Palm Coast Little League. "We value our partnership with the City of Palm Coast and look forward to seeing the City's youth return to the field as soon as possible." In regards to organized sporting activities, the City is requesting that all sports groups submit a safety plan that follows recommended CDC guidelines. Once plans are submitted and approved, permits will be issued.

The second part includes offering a limited summer camp beginning Monday, June 15. Registration will open Monday, June 8 at 8 a.m. and will be first come-first served. You can find more information through our Civic Rec registration website: www.parksandrec.fun/camps. It details kids grades, price, our safety protocol, dates, times and more.

The City of Palm Coast has been proactive in taking time to make sure that resources have been appropriately sourced and employees have received additional training to ensure that all residents can recreate in as safe and healthy a manner as possible.

"We really appreciate how patient our residents have been with the reopening process," said Mayor Milissa Holland. "We have approached this reopening phase with a lot of important dialogue with our health and safety officials. It has been so encouraging to see everyone enjoy the amenities we have opened thus far. With the opening of playgrounds and sports fields, I look forward to seeing families have the opportunity to get out and play."

Please continue to stay physically distant, maintain crowds of less than 10 people, and wear cloth masks or face coverings whenever possible. At-risk individuals should remain at home as often as possible.

"Other child safety public health tips in addition to the steps for preventing the spread of the virus during the hot summer months include keeping our children well-hydrated, applying generous amounts of sunblock while outside and practicing water safety," said Bob Snyder, administrator for the Florida Department of Health-Flagler. "If your child is sick, please stay home and have plenty of hand sanitizer available."

We will continue to update you on the latest recommendations from the Department of Health, Emergency Management, and the Governor. As always, please continue to follow the latest CDC guidelines at CDC.gov.

The City of Palm Coast will continue to update its Re-Opening Strategy in accordance with recommendations from the CDC and Florida Department of Health, as well as from Governor DeSantis.

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