KC Parks Re-Opening Plan/Updates

KC Parks Re-Opening Plan/Updates

UPDATE (5/22/20): POOLS WILL NOT OPEN FOR 2020 SEASON
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

**Playgrounds, athletic courts, shelter houses, ball fields and youth leagues will remain closed, but continue to be evaluated on a regular basis and any changes and openings will be listed at KCParks.org

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