Manchester: “Everyone outta the pool”
Summer fun isn't canceled, but we're going to have to get creative
Let’s just rip the Band-Aid off: Manchester’s Parks and Recreation Department has released a list of activities and facilities that will not be open this summer.
The Bad News
To start with, Manchester’s city-run swimming pools will be closed for the summer, officials have announced. This means the pools under the auspices of the city of Manchester Parks and Recreation – Livingston, Raco-Theodore and Hunt Pools – and the Dupont Splash Pad are going dry for the summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Also closing for the summer: Gill Stadium and JFK Coliseum. Park athletic fields are unavailable for organized sports or reservations until further notice, according to Manchester Parks and Rec. However, play on park athletic fields adhering to CDC guidelines is allowed.
On the hard courts, playground equipment, basketball courts, tennis and pickleball courts and the Derryfield Fit Lot is closed until further notice.
Deep breath, let’s get the rest out: Fun in the Sun summer camp is cancelled; city parks are not available for events of more than 10 people; there will be no tent at Veterans Park with access to the stage or bandstand, and park restrooms are closed until further notice.
The Good News
There area few bright spots in the new announcement. The Derryfield Country Club golf course is open with special safety guidelines in place.
The Hollows Disc Golf Courses are open, and special safety rules are posted on site.
Open spaces and trails will remain open and residents are encouraged to use them, following CDC guidelines.
There is reason for hope, though. From Parks and Rec:
“Please note that guidance may change as circumstances surrounding COVID-19 evolve. However, we know that fresh air and exercise are essential to both physical and mental health. We do encourage you to have fun in Manchester’s parks this summer, but we ask that you do so responsibly and with consideration for others. Please practice physical distancing and other measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”
The latest info can be found at Manchester Parks and Recreation.
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