KC Parks Re-Opening Plan/Updates

KC Parks Re-Opening Plan/Updates

UPDATE (6/16/20): Playgrounds and athletic courts are open.

UPDATE (6/12/20): Restroom Facilities are open and Drinking Fountains are on. Playgrounds remain closed.

UPDATE (5/30/20): SAFE RETURN TO PLAY (Download KC Parks Safe Return to Play)
Thank you very much for your patience, understanding and responsibility as we are working through the details on how to play safe. This afternoon, in consultation with the KCMO Health Dept and the Mayor’s Office, we made a decision to open up our fields for NON-CONTACT sports when all state, local and CDC guidelines are met. Many of you submitted well thought out plans and we appreciate how difficult these were to prepare. It certainly helped in our decision making.

All guidelines should be followed, most importantly, social distancing, sanitizing common touch points, and proper hand washing.

  • Maintain proper social distancing at all times, please limit dugouts or players benches to “on deck” and “in the hole”. All other offensive players and substitutes need to stay with their own household members or along the fence with a minimum of 6 ft. spacing.
  • Leagues and coaches will be required to disinfect commonly used areas/equipment regularly
  • All attendees will be encouraged to use hand sanitizer and thoroughly wash hands frequently
  • Please make sure games are scheduled in the best way to meet social distancing standards. Consider one-way foot traffic where possible, and gathering before, during or after games that prohibits the 6’ social distancing is not allowed
  • When possible, offset the bases by several feet to avoid contact of the runner and fielder.
  • All spectators should remain socially distance at all times

As this has been a very fluid process throughout the spring, these guidelines should provide the best atmosphere possible for the safety of the players and the health of the community. However, it is important to note, that if compliance becomes too difficult, we will need to revert back to earlier phases.

UPDATE (5/22/20): POOLS WILL NOT OPEN FOR 2020 SEASON (Video)
Due to ongoing health concerns, KC Parks has decided it will not open any of the 14 Pools or 14 spray grounds this season. After much deliberation and consultation with the City’s Health Department, KC Parks feels this is the best decision for our community.
We have begun to process refunds for Season Passes purchased for the 2020 season.  If you have questions or concerns, please email kcparksrefunds@kcmo.org.  We ask for your patience with the process as it could take up to 30 days to complete all refunds. 

NEWS (5/15/20): RE-OPENING PLAN
ks and Recreation is working closely with the KCMO Health Department and the Mayor’s office to provide a 3 Phase Re-Opening Plan. It is with much thought and information gathering that KC Parks releases this initial plan. As guidance and recommendations continue to change, this plan will be continually evaluated and updated.

Phase 1:  Emphasis on “Core Essential” and “Important” programs and services. Phase 1 will begin the week of May 18th and KC Parks will start to implement the following:

  • Three fountains will be turned on: The Spirit of Freedom, Meyer Circle Sea Horse, J.C. Nichols Memorial and (Firefighters Memorial, Northland and Bloch will remain on)
  • Day Camps for youth with proper safeguards at limited locations
  • Fitness Facilities (Southeast and Gregg/Klice) by reservation only and with strict guidelines
  • Dog Parks with social distancing guidelines
  • Indoor events with <10 participants
  • Outdoor events with <50 participants
  • Lower contact sports (Golf/Tennis/Pickleball)

Phase 2: KC Parks will continue to monitor CDC recommendations and the City’s Phase 2. As we begin to look at Phase 2-determining factors are: sustained declines in the average number of new daily reported Covid-19 cases, Hospital and ICU availability, Testing Capacity and the ability to trace, test and isolate individuals who are potentially exposed to the virus.  Phase 2 will include the following:

  • Open Gym time at Community Centers and fitness classes
  • Open Ice Skating and Lessons

Phase 3: This includes programs and services that represent a higher risk because they lend themselves to large crowds of participation and/or spectators, increased physical contact or difficulties in guaranteeing facility cleanliness due to a high volume of traffic.  These programs and services would only come online once all COVID-19 related restrictions are lifted.

  • Permits for large events
  • Adult Sport Leagues and tournaments
  • Permanent restrooms

Additional KC Parks COVIC-19 guidelines/updates>>