Press Release #7 - Latest Update Concerning COVID-19 and WPR
WARRENSBURG, MO (May 28, 2020) – As COVID-19 continues to evolve and impact the way we all go about everyday life, Warrensburg Parks & Recreation (WPR) has been faced with making some tough decisions while dealing with an uncertain future. The following announcements are based on several factors, including the CDC’s, State of Missouri, Johnson County Community Health Services (JCCHS) and the City of Warrensburg’s protocols and guidelines involving public health, public building access, social distancing requirements and crowd limiting, as well as adequate staffing and training, financial impacts, and the safety and health of all our community members.
The Warrensburg Community Center, which includes the Indoor Aquatic Center, gymnasium, walking track and Fitness Center, will continue to remain closed until June 15, 2020. All Community Center All-Access Pass Memberships, as well as any related charges, have been paused and credit for lost time billed will be applied to all memberships. Re-opening plans will be shared in a separate release.
The CDC has stated that there are concerns with playgrounds and facilities located within local, state, and national parks, including:
They are often crowded and could easily exceed recommended guidance for gatherings
It can be challenging to keep surfaces clean and disinfected
The virus can spread when young children touch contaminated equipment and then touch their unwashed hands to their eyes, nose, or mouth
Based on these, as well as recommendations from the National Recreation & Parks Association (NRPA), all Warrensburg parks facilities, which include ballfields, playgrounds, shelters, bathrooms, benches/tables, and the ABC Building will remain closed until further notice. Nassif Aquatic Center is closed for the 2020 summer season.
In accordance with the State of Missouri and JCCHS support for the public to safely engage in certain outdoor activities, which may include exercising, walking, hiking, running, biking and fishing, Warrensburg Parks & Recreation (WPR) will keep all trails and grounds, tennis courts, Skate Park, Lions Lake, Blind Boone Park and the Old Drum Dog Park open and accessible to the public, to the extent reasonably consistent with Social Distancing Requirements.
All baseball, softball, Tee Ball and Tiny T’s sports programs have been cancelled for the 2020 summer season. Summer Day Camp has been postponed until further notice. Staff will be in contact with those affected by postponements and/or cancellations of sports, events, activities and rentals, and more information will be released as soon as possible.
We know how important our parks, pools, ballfields and facilities are to our community, and we appreciate your understanding and support as we go through this ever-changing process. Please realize that we take these measures for the health and well-being of everyone, including the most vulnerable of our neighbors and community members.
Make sure to follow us on social media, Facebook and Twitter, for the most up-to-date information, as well as fun family projects, new virtual programs and fitness & wellness activities.
Up-To-Date information about COVID-19 can be found online at www.warrensburg-mo.com and at www.johnsoncountyhealth.org/news/covid-19-information
Warrensburg Parks & Rec is dedicated to providing you and your family with the best facilities, programs and events for your recreational and leisure activities.
From our outstanding parks, swimming pools, ballfields, tennis courts and Community Center, to our extensive, ever-changing list of Sports activities and programs, we take pride in providing equal access to everyone as we connect and engage children, families and communities.
You can sign up for daily, monthly or yearly memberships to our Community Center! These passes give you full access to the Indoor Aquatic Center, the Award-Winning Fitness Center, and any & all exercise classes at the Warrensburg Community Center! And as always, guests have FREE access to the Indoor Track & Gymnasium.
Check out all of our great membership options HERE!
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