City announces pool closures, suspended programs and what's available to public
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City announces pool closures, suspended programs and what's available to public

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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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