City’s park board pencils in re-opening dates

Rising Sun-Ohio County Park Board is using guidelines set by Gov. Eric Holcomb’s Back on Track Indiana, the Centers for Disease Control and the local Health Department. 

Here are the reopening dates 

Reopening in Stage 4: 

■events at Community Center, 510 S. Mulberry St., June 14; 

■events at Schroeder Facility, 1419 Fairgrounds Road, June 14; 

■playgrounds at River, Shiner, Turner, and Bear Branch Parks, week of June 14; 

■Shiner Park restrooms, week of June 14; 

■Athletic fields, June 14, note: varsity baseball and varsity soccer fields in Shiner Park are maintained by Rising Sun High School. Contact the high school for their reopening. 

Reopening in Stage 5: 

■all water and dog fountains will be accessible after July 4; 

■Vault toilets at Denver Siekman Park after July 4; 

All summer children’s programs are cancelled for 2020. 

It is important that all community members do their part in reducing their risk of exposure to COVID-19 and other communicable diseases while using the Rising Sun-Ohio County Park System. 

The CDC recommends social distancing, proper hand-washing and staying home when not feeling well. 

The Rising Sun-Ohio County Park Board met on May 12, to discuss the reopening of facilities/amenities that fall under its direction. Discussion revolved around how to reopen facilities and amenities while keeping public health and safety as the top priorities. 

Plans were reviewed and revised to minimize possible COVID-19 exposure risks to the patrons of the Rising Sun-Ohio County Park System. 

The park board will continue to monitor the effects of COVID-19 and the stage levels set by Holcomb, CDC, and local health department guidelines. The board will adjust dates and plans as needed.