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City playgrounds and parks re-open as COVID-19 cases rise in state

JONESBORO, Ark- All Jonesboro city parks, and playground are now officially open, just in time for summer.

The opening comes as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the state.

“Being able to see people out at the playgrounds, seeing kids on the swings and climb on the climbers that’s what you’re here for,” says Director of Jonesboro Parks Department Danny Kapales. “We’re happy to see people back out.”

Parks previously closed on March 27th due to COVID-19, while only allowing trail use but they just re-opened.

While playgrounds are open Kapales says there has been a delay in opening splash pads at parks as they are awaiting on an inspection from the Arkansas Department of Health.

All pavilions are also closed, as they await on guidance from the state.

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Arkansas, Kapales wants to remind people to be smart and take percautions when coming to city parks.

“We’ve got to remember we’re still in a pandemic, we’re still dealing with the virus,” says Kapales. “We’re still dealing with a lot of unknown. But what we do know is that people need to be outside and have activities. If you go outside do what you’re supposed to do. Sanitize, you wear a mask and you make sure that you come out in your own group and you don’t go gather with other folks in other groups you’re going to be safe.”

The splash pads are expected to be open in about two weeks, we will update you once they are open as well as park pavilions.


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