Update From Parks & Recreation
- Procedures & Protocols for Resumption of Activities
- Governor Abbott's Open Texas Plan:
Haltom City Parks & Recreation has updated information regarding procedures and protocols for partial resumption of activities.
Youth Sports are coming back, following Governor Abbott’s guidelines as outlined in his May 18, 2020 Executive Order.
The Order states: “Effective May 31, 2020, youth sports may begin holding practices without spectators other than one parent or guardian per participant, as needed. Those sports may begin holding games or similar competitions, with or without spectators, on or after June 15, 2020. Spectators should maintain at least 6 feet social distancing from individuals not within the spectator’s group”. Haltom City teams are allowed to begin using fields for practice on May 31, 2020, with games at Broadway Park starting on or after June 15. There will be several safety procedures and protocols in place. We ask that if you visit our fields, please be sure to follow the rules outlined here. Some of the rules are coming straight from the Governor’s Executive Order while others will be determined by Haltom City staff, all with the goal of ensuring the safety and comfort of spectators and participants. The Open Texas Order states:
- Individuals should avoid being in a group larger than 10 individuals. Within these groups, individuals should, to the extent possible, minimize in-person contact with others not in the individual’s household. Minimizing in-person contact includes maintaining 6 feet of separation from individuals.
- When maintaining 6 feet of separation is not feasible, other methods should be utilized to slow the spread of COVID-19, such as wearing a face covering or mask, washing or sanitizing hands frequently, and avoiding sharing utensils or other common objects.
- Consistent with the actions taken by many individuals across the state, all spectators should consider wearing cloth face coverings (over the nose and mouth). If available, spectators should consider wearing non-medical grade face masks.
Additional sports activities will be taking place at Little Fossil Park and North Park, as well as the Recreation Center. All patrons will be expected to follow these procedures and protocols.
The playgrounds at all parks are open to the public, but considered USE AT YOUR OWN RISK. Maintain social distancing, utilize hand sanitizer and the wearing of face masks are recommended and encouraged. Our Parks crews spent several hours taping off playgrounds and putting up signs to ensure the safety of the public, but most of the tape and signs have been torn down and ignored. Playgrounds are considered high-risk and it is advisable not to play on them.
Pavilions and shelters are open but are considered “use at your own risk”. We are not accepting any reservations of pavilions at this time. If you choose to use the picnic tables at our pavilions and shelter we strongly advise visitors to bring their own hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies. Please wipe down all contacted surfaces prior to and after using. Properly dispose of all trash. Some restrooms are open, while others are closed, so be sure to plan accordingly.
Finally, the Spraygrounds will be closed until further notice, per the Governor’s Order. Similar to playgrounds, we are unable to properly sanitize them in between uses and there is no way to properly social distance. We share everyone’s frustration with the current situation, but we ask everyone to understand these procedures are implemented for the health and safety of our residents and patrons.