Playground off limits but parks still open

Friday, April 17, 2020

The National Recreation and Park Association (NPRA) made a statement on March 30 about “temporarily closing” playgrounds and play structures during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The NPRA states this effort is to reduce community spread of the COVID-19.

The city of Blytheville posted on its Facebook page recently, “As you enter city parks, you will notice all playground equipment has been taped off to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Under direction of Governor Hutchinson and the Arkansas Municipal League, Mayor James Sanders has closed down all city park equipment until further notice. We ask for your patience and understanding during this difficult time. We also encourage you to still use the parks and follow all CDC recommendations while you enjoy the fresh air! The safety of our children and the community is our top priority.”

Parks director Cody Wyatt told the NEA Town Courier that although the playground equipment is closed off, the park is still open. The pond is still available for fishing and folks can still fly kites and walk around the trails. She added that in Williams Park parkgoers can still play games on the basketball court, such as horse, just practice social distancing.