The Rapid City Parks and Recreation Department is extending closures of city recreation facilities and cancelling activities this summer in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a press release from the city.
The closures and suspensions include:
- All city recreation division programs are suspended until Sept. 1 and classes, camps, regular program and special events are cancelled through June;
- The Roosevelt Swim Center and Ice Arena facilities are closed until Sept. 1;
- Sioux Park, Parkview and Horace Mann pools are closed for the summer;
- West and South community gyms remain closed until further notice;
- Park restroom facilities remain closed until further notice, and portable toilet facilities will remain at current locations;
- Park playground equipment remain closed to the public until further notice.
Other announcements include:
- The public is encouraged to use the city's three-dozen parks and trail systems;
- Staff has resumed taking reservations for park shelter facilities for any time after July 1;
- Leased park facilities such as baseball and soccer fields will be allowed for use by lessees based on approved COVID-19 action plans;
- The bike path remains open;
- Parks crews will be planting and maintaining flower beds in limited areas with the primary focus being Halley Park and the Formal Gardens at Sioux Park, and crews will plant a wildflower mix as a cover crop in other garden areas such as Wilson Park and Otto's Corner (corner of I-190/West Boulevard and Omaha;
- Maintenance of parks and greenways will continue but may be delayed due to the availability of staff;
- Plans are in place for mosquito control.
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