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For Immediate Release
News Date: March 31, 2020

Columbus Recreation and Parks Department to Close Facilities Through May 1

COLUMBUS, OH – Due to the continued monitoring of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department’s facilities, playgrounds, sports courts (including basketball courts and tennis courts) and public recreational equipment will remain closed through Friday, May 1. In addition to our facilities closing, all programming, sporting events, classes and other events will be canceled until further notice. 

With the leadership of the Ohio Department of Health and Columbus Public Health, it is abundantly clear that coronavirus is a highly contagious respiratory illness that does not discriminate: anyone exposed can be infected. The best way to avoid exposure is to stay at home, except for essential trips to the grocery store or pharmacy, wash your hands frequently and keep a minimum of six feet between you and other people. 

“In these times of great disruption, the health and safety of our residents is key. We have the ability to slow the spread of COVID-19 by rigorously practicing social distancing,” said Mayor Andrew J. Ginther. “Keeping our Recreation and Parks facilities closed for the time being helps prevent exposure.”

The department will continue to work on creative solutions to meet the community’s needs. In the meantime, all residents must play safe and live smart to avoid community spread of COVID-19. It is essential that residents do not use parks or trails if they are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. The department strongly asks residents to follow Columbus Public Health’s guidance on personal hygiene, social distancing and proper handwashing techniques.

For additional information about COVID-19, visit Columbus Public Health, Ohio Department of Health or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Additionally, Ohio residents with specific questions related to COVID-19 can also call 833-4-ASK-ODH (833-427-5634). For a full list of department-related updates and closures, visit www.columbus.gov/recreationandparks/