KC Parks COVID-19 Updates

KC Parks COVID-19 Updates

UPDATE 2/22/21: Per KCMO Covid guidelines, it is expected that all events in KCMO should follow the mask and social distance guidelines.  Everyone should be wearing a mask and staying six feet apart. Depending on area case numbers, events may be required to submit a mitigation plan.

UPDATE 2/1/21: All gatherings over 10 people require an approved mitigation plan. This form will need to be filled out to get approval at least 7 days prior to your event. More>>

UPDATE 1/13/21: Twelfth Amended COVID-19 Order>>

UPDATE 12/28/20: Due to Covid and the Stay Home order we will not be taking reservations for shelters or ball fields until February 1, 2021

UPDATE 11/16/20: Due to Safer at Home COVID-19 guidelines mandated by the City of Kansas City, Missouri. KC Parks is asking all our patrons to please follow these guidelines:

  • Indoor and outdoor parties are limited to a maximum of 10 people and parties shall be spaced with no less than six feet of distance between themselves and individuals from any other parties.
  • Masks must be worn in all indoor spaces with more than one person per room, and outdoor spaces where social distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Patrons of gyms, fitness, and recreational centers, including city, school, and other publicly-owned and managed facilities are required to wear masks at all times, and these establishments are limited to no more than 50 percent capacity.

UPDATE 11/16/20:Mayor Lucas announces Safer at Home COVID-19 Guidelines for KCMO with the eleventh amended order More>>

UPDATE 8/31/20: Outdoor Event & Races COVID-19 Guidelines>>

UPDATE (8/14/20): KC Parks Community Centers Offer Virtual Learning Sites and Support>>

UPDATE (8/13/20): Mayor Quinton Lucas—in consultation with Kansas City Health Department Director Rex Archer, M.D.—today extended the State of Emergency in the City of Kansas City until January 16, 2021, as the City continues its work to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. This authority is granted under Section 50-155 of the City Charter. The tenth amended order signed by Mayor Lucas on July 10 remains in place.

UPDATE (8/7/20): Mayor’s Nights Program CANCELLATIONS
Night Hoop is cancelled August 7-16, 2020
Club KC at Southeast, Garrison and Brush Creek Community Centers is cancelled on August 7 and 14.
Club KC at Guadalupe Center is still a go.
Night Kicks is still a on at 9th and VanBrunt

UPDATE (8/6/20): No Summer Camp the week of August 10-14, 2020. Letter Regarding Camp>>

UPDATE (8/6/20): Community Centers are closed through August 16, 2020. Boot Camp in the Park is suspended until August 18, 2020.

UPDATE (7/27/20): Summer camps extended two weeks through August 28, 2020.

UPDATE (7/13/20): Gorman and Grove Pools open with limited capacity>>

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.

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. 

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 COVID-19 guidelines/updates>>