POUGHKEEPSIE – City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison announced the playgrounds in parks and the skate park will be reopening on this past Sunday.
This will continue a phased-in approach to reopening park activities, providing residents with more recreational opportunities.
“We are grateful to be able to take these steps,” said Mayor Rob Rolison. “Reopening the city is happening in many ways. Allowing residents to take advantage of our parks is a key component of this effort.”
The mayor cautioned, however, that it is imperative for people to practice social distancing.
They should keep at least six feet from others and must wear a mask when in close proximity to others. They also should sanitize these areas before and after using playground equipment.
In concert with this move, the City will be opening the skate park at Waryas Park and already has opened the dog park at Spratt Park. Mayor Rolison also thanked Patrick McGuire and his group of skateboard enthusiasts who are helping with reopening and maintaining of the skate park.
City parks are open from dawn to dusk seven days a week.
The city also has created a “COVID-19 Parks Response Team” composed of city employees and community volunteers to keep an eye on the parks as their usage increases. The team will be observing and reporting to the city about any inappropriate usage of park facilities or anything related to the parks that need attention.
“It is imperative residents take this seriously,” Mayor Rolison said, “The last thing we want is a setback that impedes this reopening process that has been moving in the right direction.”