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COVID-19 Forces Further Closures, Restrictions at Local Parks and Facilities

In light of Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear’s orders and recommendations during Sunday’s COVID-19 press conference, Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation has made more changes to local spaces.

In addition to all indoor facilities, programs and pavilions, which were identified in the initial announcement on March 15 — including Thomas Street Rec Center and Planters Bank-Jennie Stuart Health Sportsplex Hopkinsville — all outdoor playgrounds, restrooms, and Hopkinsville Skate Park are now closed to the public until April 13.

The Hopkinsville Greenway Rail Trail, Tie Breaker Park walking trail and Hopkinsville Dog Park (at Pardue Lane) will remain open, with the public encouraged to follow all health and safety rules. Signage will be posted at all facilities. If any of the aforementioned areas become a regular gathering area of over 10 people, those facilities will also be closed.

“Congregating in parks and the lack of social distancing is certainly a concern, which is why we are putting these actions into motion. While it would be best if residents and visitors enjoy the weather and natural beauty in their own yards and neighborhoods, we also understand there is still a need to keep some of our treasured park spaces open on a restricted basis,” said Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation Superintendent Tab Brockman. “As always, in everything we do, the safety and well-being of our community is paramount, now more than ever.”

These decisions and policies will be revisited again throughout the designated time period, and reevaluated April 6 to consider the status of any applicable state and national mandates. Parks and Rec staff will be monitoring all facilities during four different daily visits, starting March 24, to make sure these changes are being followed by the public.

If you have further questions, call 270-887-4290 or check out updates on the Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation Facebook page.

LIST OF FACILITIES (Status until April 16, 2020)
DeBow Park: Closed/Barricaded
Greenway Rail Trail: Open w/ social distancing
Hopkinsville Disc Golf Course (Trail of Tears): Closed
Hopkinsville Dog Park: Open w/ social distancing
Hopkinsville Skatepark: Closed
Joe Mumford Park: Closed
Little River Park: Closed
Peace Park: Closed
Ruff Park: Closed/Barricaded
Sportsplex: Closed
Tie Breaker Athletic Park: Closed
Tie Breaker Park Walking Trail: Open w/ social distancing
Thomas Street Rec Center: Closed
Virginia Park: Closed
Westside Park: Closed