EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The city of Easthampton will be re-opening its parks and recreation facilities with restrictions.
Governor Baker announced Phase 2 of Massachusetts reopening plan earlier this month which included parks and outdoor recreations. Following Baker’s announcement, the City of Easthampton has put together dates to reopen areas such as parks, tennis courts, and sports practices.
“We felt like the gates should open on the 22nd. There was a general cleaning and different spacing in the facilities to provide a little extra distancing.”Easthampton Mayor Nicole LaChapelle
Re-opening on June 22:
Public parks, play grounds, and park security will reopen and begin at 9 a.m.
- Nonotuck park will be operating on a Monday-Friday schedule from dawn to dusk
- There will be no weekend hours, this may be reviewed after the soft reopening schedule
- Per state guidelines, hygiene precautions are for users to sanitize hands before and after use
Leagues and sports are able to resume practice with the following guidelines:
- Teams must reserve field in advance
- Team representative must submit roster and sign the Covid-19 Guidelines Acknowledgement form
- Practices must include non-contact drills only
- There will no games, scrimmages, or tournaments
Re-opening on July 6:
Picnic Site Rentals
- Gatherings must be limited to 10 people or less
Tennis courts will reopen once they are reconditioned. The following Park and Recreation uses are prohibited:
- All pavilion rentals
- Sports and recreational camps through September 1
Katie Sabourin is babysitting a family this summer in Easthampton. She’s happy to know that she will be able to bring the kids to the park once again so they can have something to do.
“I am with this family this summer so the kids staying in the house all day is not an option. So I’m very thankful that parks are opening up again, since we like to stay active and it’s beautiful at Nonotuck. We love it.” said Sabourin.
The following will remain closed until further notice:
- Spray Park
- Basketball Courts (opening in Phase 3)
- All Parks and Recreational public buildings