Chesterfield County parks reopen playgrounds, basketball courts

Chesterfield County

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Chesterfield County parks have reopened amenities at parks that have been closed since mid-March.

Starting May 12, Chesterfield is reopening playgrounds, basketball courts, tennis courts and pickleball courts.

“Parks are an integral part of people’s lives, we recognize that,” said Dr. James Worsley, Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation director. “Our aim has always been to reopen amenities as soon as possible while being mindful of the health and well being of park visitors and the staff that goes to the parks as well.”

If you are looking to head out to a park, the county is asking you to do the following:

  • No social gatherings of more than 10 individuals
  • Continue social distancing
  • Face coverings recommended in public

“We certainly ask those individuals to monitor, to make sure that all remain safe while they’re having fun at the playground,” said Dr. Worsley.

Community recreation centers and some libraries are expected to open on June 1. However, the county said these reopening days could change based on the COVID-19 spread.

In Henrico County, all recreation centers and facilities are closed but outdoor areas in parks have reopened. That includes tennis, pickleball, volleyball and basketball courts. As well as skate and dog parks. You are asked to follow CDC guidelines.

Virginia State Parks are now open for day use and officials said they are working on a phased reopening process for campgrounds starting on May 22.

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