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  • Cydney Thompson, Northeast Arkansas News

Craighead County Softball and Baseball fields open

Mayor Harold Perrin announced the opening of southside softball complex and Joe Mack Campbell Park for recreational and youth practices. With reservations and practices beginning today.

“Right now, we are able to let them get out and practice and that’s what we are allowing them to do,” Danny Kapales said.

Parks director Danny Kapales stressed the importance of maintaining CDC best practices for COVID- 19 in mind as practices begin.

“When you work in the parks and recreation department part of what you love is making sure you have facilities for these kids to get out and enjoy and when they’re not out there and not able to enjoy the parks part of what you’re doing you don’t get the benefit that you get out of the hard work that you put into it.”

The city is waiting on word from Governor Hutchinson before they can start scheduling games for recreation leagues and tournaments.

But for now, the bleachers and dugout will not be open during these first weeks of practice.

“I know it’s a little bit frustrating to have to stay out there right now, but we’re just trying to do this work together and make sure we’re doing the best we can for our kids and just having the kids and the coaches on the field only, Kapales said.

Parents, Guardians and siblings must remain in cars during youth softball and baseball practices.


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