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City of Akron lays out plan for starting summer recreation and park programs

Youth sports and summer camps will begin on June 15. Pools and splash pads will open on July 1.

AKRON, Ohio — As the state of Ohio continues to give the green light to opening the state's services and industries, the city of Akron has laid out its plan for starting up its summer recreation and park programs. 

Akron's youth sports and summer camps will both begin on June 15, while the city's pools and splash pads are scheduled to open on July 1. 

Youth sports are covered under Governor DeWine’s Responsible RestartOhio plan. The June 15 opening will provide the Akron with the time needed to prepare baseball fields and issue permits to teams. The city will be connecting with all youth sports organizers and organizations before the opening date to help walk them through protocols required by the state’s orders.

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The city of Akron says more information on the specifics for summer camps will be coming soon. Community Centers will remain closed to the general public until further notice. This includes programming that would normally occur at the centers such as: fitness classes, active adult club meetings and activities, ward meetings, book clubs, card and game playing groups/events, open gyms, Late Night Basketball, room rentals, etc. 

The City will continue to evaluate reopening the community centers as the summer progresses.

City parks remain open for outdoor recreation, like walking or jogging. Playground equipment remains closed until further notice. It is not practical for city crews to adequately sanitize the equipment frequently enough in order for it to be safe for our children to safely play on. Basketball courts also remain closed as basketball is categorized as a contact sport under the State order and is not allowed currently.

When Akron's pools and splash pads open on July 1, it will be done with additional safety restrictions which are in development. Akron has two outdoor public pools at Reservoir Park in Goodyear Heights and Perkins Park in West Akron. The indoor pool which is located in the Balch Street Fitness facility will remain closed until further notice along with the fitness facility. The Joy Park splash pad will be open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., along with the brand new Patterson Park splash pad, which is nearly complete. Water at these splash pads is not circulated.

Food giveaways have continued in the community center parking lots throughout the City's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue outdoors until further notice. Additionally, the summer lunch program will continue at Akron Public School sites where they are currently serving grab and go meals. For Akron Public Summer Food Sites please visit here. 

“I am looking forward to being able to reopen some of our recreation resources to our residents in a limited and modified way,” said Mayor Dan Horrigan. “We want our community to be able to engage with each other and participate in their favorite activities again; but it is vitally important that we do so in a way that is safe for everyone involved. We will continue to count on our residents to follow best practices from our local and state health officials as we begin to offer more programming.”

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