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By Arthur L. Caplan & Lee H. Igel
Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida says it is time for kids to have some summer fun playing sports and going to camp together again. After two months of shutdown because of the coronavirus pandemic, sports leagues, summer camps and organized recreation activities across the state are now being allowed to reopen. Beyond the symptom screening, sanitizing and social distancing, what needs to be done to help ensure that kids can go running, jumping, swimming, kicking and screaming in a safe way?
Florida has had something of an early lead when it comes to managing sports in coronavirus times. In mid-April, with professional sports suspended, WWE was cleared to stage wrestlers-only television events after DeSantis designated “professional sports and media production with a national audience” at a location “closed to the general public” as essential services. And throughout the pandemic, the NBA and MLB have been among the major leagues exploring plans for restarting their seasons at sites in Florida, including Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. But those decisions have concerned paid adults—not kids—getting back in the game.
The decision to lift restrictions on youth sports and recreation activities, according to an announcement from DeSantis, was based on a few key factors. One is the low COVID-19 infection rate among children. Another is concern for children’s physical and emotional health. A third is what youth sports and recreation programs could contribute to local communities and economies.
Florida has recorded just over 50,000 of the more than 1.6 million COVID-19 cases in the United States to date, according to Johns Hopkins data tracking. The state has also recorded about 2,200 of the more than 100,000 deaths across the country. There are all sorts of suggestions as to what is leading to those relatively low rates in Florida—from public response to social distancing measures and disaster response from experience with hurricanes to early orders banning outside visitors from entering nursing homes and restricting COVID-positive patients from returning to nursing homes after they were sent to hospitals. Meanwhile, like many places around the nation and the world, Florida hasn’t been without its share of people missing the point. Crowding at popular public places, especially beaches and bars, has made headlines. So, too, have questions about officials manipulating data to make the coronavirus case numbers appear better than they might actually be.
In any case, Florida appears to be weathering the pandemic in good enough condition to begin reopening many services. One of the last states to issue a “safer-at-home” order, it is one of the first states to go ahead with opening up organized sports and recreation activities.
Sports and recreation are an important part of healthy childhood. Sports and recreation promote lifelong physical, cognitive, social, and emotional growth
Spokane Valley Recreation Programs
Spring & Summer Registration (INCLUDING SWIMMING LESSONS, SWIM TEAM and SUMMER DAY CAMP) has been paused until June 1, 2020. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and provide information as it becomes available.
All April Adult Dance Classes (April 6-May 11) are canceled.
You can register IN PERSON at CenterPlace Regional Event Center.
OVER THE PHONE: By calling Parks and Recreation at 509.720.5200 .
ONLINE: By visiting our
registration page 24/7.
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The Recreation Department’s Vision is to:
- Deliver diversified recreational and educational experiences
for all ages.
- Foster vigorous partnerships within the community.
- Advocate health, wellness and physical activity.
Effective January 1, 2018, per City Council Resolution, all credit/debit card transactions will now be charged a 2.5% processing fee. Cash, check, or money order are still accepted, with no processing fee required.
We apologize for any inconvenience.
Welcome to Kent County Parks and Recreation at the Kent County Community Center.
At Kent County Parks and Recreation (KCPR) we strive to provide fun, safe, family oriented recreational activities and programs that promote wellness and build community ties. Parks and Recreation offers traditional activities, such as after school, summer camp, fitness classes, tumbling, and special events, as well as partnering in programming to offer certification classes, bird watching, canoeing, and hiking, to meet the needs of our patrons.
If you have questions about any of our programs, parks, or recreational activities, please use our website or feel free to contact us by email or phone. We are happy to help you and your family get out there and be active! At Kent County Parks and Recreation we are always working had so you can play hard!
PROGRAM AND ACTIVITY REGISTRATION
View the full registration policies here.
To register for a program or activity, registration is accepted *online, in person and by mail. Registration is accepted on a first come first served basis. A separate registration/form is required for each participant unless noted otherwise with the program description. Paper forms are not necessary if registering online (if online registration is available for the program) or in person. Many of our programs have multiple pages to be completed and may be downloaded from the program information section on this site. Before completing a paper general registration form/packet, please confirm it is the correct form for the program for which you are registering.
*Online registration requires a nominal processing fee for the convenience of online credit card and electronic check payments.
To register online click below.
Weather closing information and general announcements are posted on the Parks and Recreation home page bulletin board, the Kent County Community Center Facebook Page and our Rainout Line at 410-429-1401 or visit https://rainoutline.com/search/dnis/4104291401 (usually no later than 7:30 am or 3 pm for evening programs the day in question when weather related).
SCHOOL YEAR WEATHER ANNOUNCEMENTS
(SEPTEMBER – MAY)
In general, if Kent County Public Schools (KCPS) are closed, close early, or cancel evening programs, all programs at public school sites are closed. Kent County Parks and Recreation (KCPR) youth programs at the Kent County Community Center (KCCC) and KCPR facilities are closed when county facilities remain *open. KCPR adult programs at county facilities will be open when county facilities remain *open. If KCPS are one hour or 90 minutes late, morning programs will be open. *If KCPS are two hours late, morning programs will be closed. These general policies do not necessarily apply to programs offered by private vendors (please refer to program description) at the Community Center as they determine their opening and closing schedules when the Community Center remains *open on a normal operating schedule when there is inclement weather.
*All programs are closed when the Snow Emergency Plan or the State of Emergency Plan is in effect, however, should Plan(s) be lifted by 2 pm, evening adult programs
Parks and Recreation has only been off the air for five years, but what a five years it has been. When the NBC sitcom about a tireless, obsessive, irrepressibly kind public servant—Amy Poehler‘s Leslie Knope—and her beloved colleagues aired its finale, on February 24, 2015, America had a very different collective self-image. A global network of Ebola fighters had just won a tough, worrisome but nonetheless decisive battle against that deadly virus. After a devastating summer of police violence, the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement at least seemed poised to effect positive change. As pop culture was making unprecedented strides in trans representation, an unstoppable queer rights movement was about to make same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states. Our first black President still had two years left in his second term, and Donald Trump was four months away from officially kicking off his campaign. The idea that the best way to represent a red state like Indiana—home to Parks‘ fictional city of Pawnee and the titular department Leslie helps run—was as a hub of cheerful, multicultural, bipartisan progress didn’t seem that farfetched.
But by April 30, 2020, as the show returned to NBC for a one-off reunion special to benefit Feeding America, the national mood had—to put it extremely mildly—shifted. In contrast to post-racial Pawnee, we’ve had to contend with a fresh wave of white nationalism and xenophobia; “kids in cages” is not a phrase I can imagine coming out of the mouth of anyone in that city’s government. #MeToo has all but squashed the notion that a woman could rise to a position of power without encountering some form of sexual misconduct. (That reckoning eventually came for both series regular Aziz Ansari and—to a far greater, more disappointing extent—frequent guest star Louis C.K. “I don’t remember when I heard the rumors about him,” co-creator Mike Schur said at the time. “But I’m sure it was before the last time he was on Parks and Rec. And that sucks. And I’m sorry.”) And a country where Leslie Knope works in the Department of the Interior, a position to which she ascended in the finale, is not a country that could be blindsided by the novel coronavirus. Her gentle, scrupulously informed competence can’t exist in the same universe where entire news cycles are devoted to parsing whether the President suggested drinking bleach.
And so the reunion takes place not in the real Indiana or America but in a sort of utopian alternate Indiana, USA—one that has also somehow fallen prey to the COVID-19 pandemic. Scripted by Schur with a handful of the show’s original writers and filmed via smartphone from each social-distancing star’s home, the half-hour episode is a collage of video chats and local news programs. Leslie has, of course, instituted a daily “7 PM phone tree” to make sure all of her former co-workers, spread out across the country though they may be, are mentally as well as physically healthy. Her loving
To help slow the spread of the coronavirus and carry out Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s extended “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order through May 15, the Department of Natural Resources has updated expected opening dates and available amenities at many of its public outdoor recreation sites and facilities.
Most state parks and recreation areas and state-managed trails and boating access sites remain open to provide local opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, but social distancing is key. Federal and state health officials consistently have said that keeping at least 6 feet away from those outside your household is vital to containing the virus spread.
Proposed facility reopening dates are based on the updated stay-at-home executive order that ends May 15 and are staggered to allow for proper preparation. Details on closures and changes in services, as well as frequently asked questions, are available on the DNR’s COVID-19 response webpage at Michigan.gov/DNR.
The changes and planned public opening dates include the following, but further changes to the EO could affect these plans:
Ron Olson, chief of the DNR Parks and Recreation Division, said he and his staff are eager to welcome back campers and visitors, but proper safety precautions and maintenance work must happen first.
“We know millions of residents are eager to return to state parks and recreation areas, and we will be here to serve them and make their visits as enjoyable as possible, but we have to open the right way and be certain that facilities and sites are clean, safe and ready to accommodate everyone,” Olson said.
PREP TIME NEEDED TO GET FACILITIES READY
To prepare state-managed parks, trails and boating facilities, many important tasks must be completed once nonessential work is permitted. The department anticipates staff can start work May 15 once the stay-at-home order is lifted; prep work is expected to take roughly five weeks. Duties include:
- Acquiring drinking water permits from county health departments.
- Opening bathrooms.
- Hiring and training seasonal staff.
- Ensuring sanitation systems are running efficiently.
- Making progress on infrastructure needs.
- Other operational duties.
CAMPING, OVERNIGHT LODGING AND SHELTERS SET TO OPEN JUNE 22
Camping and overnight lodging reservations for dates between May 15 and June 21 have been canceled, but the following reimbursement options are available:
- Request to change reservation dates to later in the season (pending availability within the reservation booking window) and earn a free night for that time period. No reservation fees or cancellation/modification fees will be charged. Reservation holders who want this option must contact the call center at 800-447-2757 by May 15 at 8 p.m.
- Choose a full refund to automatically be applied to original payment method, including the reservation fee. Reservation holders DO NOT need to take any action; all remaining reservations will automatically be canceled after May 15, and an email will be sent when the refund is completed. No cancellation/modification fees will be charged.
In addition, reservation holders whose camping reservations for stays between March 23 and May 15 were canceled due to COVID-19 are eligible
Park City MARC & Recreation | Park City, UT
Enriching the lives in our community through
exceptional people, programs and facilities.
1200 Little Kate Road •
Park City, Utah 84060 • 435-615-5400
We are excited to reopen the PC MARC in compliance with Summit County Health protocols this Monday, May 11th.
Please familiarize yourself with the following parameters before visiting the MARC:
- Hours of operation are Monday – Saturday, 7:00 am – 7:00 pm and Sunday, 8:00 am – 7:00 pm. From 7:00 – 8:30 am on Monday, Wednesday & Friday only those ages 60+ will be allowed use of the weight and cardio areas.
- The maximum number of people allowed in the facility, including staff, is 20 per floor. We ask that you not linger before or after your workout. Staff will be monitoring admission, and you may be asked to wait outside for space to become available.
- Open areas of the facility include tennis courts, pickleball courts, weight room, cardio equipment, running track, gymnasium, and pro shop. Pro shop hours are Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
- Closed areas include childcare, the climbing wall, spin and group fitness classes, locker rooms, showers, hot tub, pools and drinking fountains. Water bottle refill stations are available.
- No team or group activities are allowed. The basketball gymnasium is open for solo basket shooting or use by members of the same household only.
- Patrons are encouraged to wear face coverings and gloves and bring their own equipment: mats, tennis balls, pickleballs, racquets, etc.
- Social distancing is required and will be monitored by staff. Some equipment may be unavailable to ensure proper distancing, and all equipment MUST be wiped down before and after use. Patrons are highly encouraged to wear face coverings and gloves.
- MARC facility passes will be extended based on the membership type and number of days the facility has been closed. We encourage patrons to view their pass and purchase or renew passes ONLINE before coming to the facility. If you are unable to use your extended pass please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Please read and obey all rules and regulations posted at the MARC. Additional signage has been created to help navigate operational protocols. Staff are committed to doing what is necessary to keep facilities open and accessible, but personal responsibility will be essential to continued operations.
- Updated information will be shared via social media and parkcityrecreation.org as soon as available. The addition of activities and opening of other facilities, including the MARC pools, group fitness classes, parks, fields, and playgrounds will be gradual and evaluated continuously to allow us to meet your needs in the safest way possible while following required protocol.
- By entering the PC MARC you are using a facility that has shared restrooms and equipment. You are using this facility at your own risk.
“This is not the way TV is be supposed to be made.”
This was Michael Schur, co-creator of Parks and Recreation, on a call with reporters earlier this week to discuss the improbable creation and production of A Parks and Recreation Special. The half-hour bonus episode of the beloved NBC comedy, which aired its series finale back in 2015, was conceived as a way to raise money for Feeding America. Written by Schur and many other Parks and Rec alums, and featuring virtually the entire cast(*), plus familiar friends who guest-starred in the original run, the special was designed and shot to accommodate the ongoing quarantine. The action takes place during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the actors all filmed their parts separately using iPhones. The plot, such as it exists, involves Poehler’s superhumanly optimistic civil servant Leslie Knope checking in on all her loved ones during this time of crisis.
(*) Paul Schneider’s Mark Brendanawicz remains conspicuously erased from the series’ institutional memory, and there was no cameo by Billy Eichner, whose high-strung Craig was a regular character in the final season. But the loosey-goosey nature of the special meant that, for the first time ever, the catchy opening title sequence included all four of Rashida Jones, Rob Lowe, Retta, and Jim O’Heir.
The original Parks finale — which featured flash-forwards detailing the ultimate fates of Leslie and all her friends — was so definitive and perfect in tone that Schur had no intention of ever reviving the show in any form. These are extraordinary circumstances, however, which meant not only bringing Leslie, Ben Wyatt, Ron Effing Swanson, and the rest of the gang from Pawnee out of retirement, but violating many of Schur’s fundamental beliefs about how television should be crafted. On that press call, he described TV production as “a team sport… It’s about groups of people functioning in holistic ways with each other and collaborating and being in the same room at the same time.” While Parks in its heyday could generate big laughs just by having actors talk to (or dance in front of) the camera, the series was at its best when that remarkable cast got to bounce off of one another (sometimes literally) in the same physical space.
The special obviously didn’t allow for any of that. The only actors sheltering in place together are spouses Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally, which allowed her to do a brief (and wonderful) cameo as Ron’s evil second ex-wife, Tammy 2. And even she’s bound and gagged in the background at the time we see her, limiting their interaction to the point where she might as well be on another Gryzzl call(*). The show’s core couples are given quick, in-story reasons for not being in a room together: Leslie is off handling her job with the National Park Service while Ben (Adam Scott) is home with their kids; Andy (Chris Pratt) has been locked in the shed for two days and doesn’t want April (Aubrey
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the June weeks of Junior Govs Summer Camp have been canceled. Please continue to check back on the Camp page for updates regarding the July weeks of camp.
The Foy Fitness & Recreation Center is closed until further notice. Follow @apsufoy
on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter for updates and how to stay active and healthy at
- University Recreation offices will remain open 8 am – 4:30 pm Monday-Friday until
further notice. Doors will remain locked; please call 931-221-7564 to be let in or
for further inquiries.
- University Recreation offices will remain open 8 am – 4:30 pm Monday-Friday until
Zoom Fitness Classes
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Virtual 5k+ Challenge
The Virtual 5k+ Challenge begins May 6. Participants choose their distance, from 5k
to Ultra Marathon, and complete miles by May 31. Free prizes will be given out and
participants have the option of purchasing a challenge t-shirt!Participants can sign
up after May 6, however, May 31 is the last day to submit miles.
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Join UREC’s virtual gaming league!Future sessions will beannounced soon. Text 931-304-2020
for Intramural related questions.
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APSU University Recreation is proud to be one of over 600 international institutional
members of the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA).
This prestigious organization serves as an outstanding resource for programming, services,
and operations. Our colleagues eagerly share both tried-and-true best practices and
innovative, cutting-edge ideas to help us continue to meet the needs of Austin Peay’s
dynamic, diverse and expanding population.