(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) — Mayor Richard C. David on Monday outlined a series of steps the City is taking to encourage and enforce social distancing at parks in response to COVID-19, including temporarily removing the rims from basketball hoops, posting new signage and utilizing park rangers to prevent gatherings.
“While I encourage residents to get outside and enjoy Binghamton’s many wonderful parks, residents must do safely, responsibly and with social distancing in mind,” said Mayor David. “As the weather gets warmer we expect more people will head outdoors and to City parks, which is why we’re taking proactive measures to ensure our parks remain safe and do not contribute in any way to the spread of the coronavirus.”
In response to the virus, the City has removed the rims from all City basketball courts, closed public bathrooms and posted signage reminding park visitors to stay at least six feet apart and refrain from group gatherings. The City’s park rangers typically begin Memorial Day weekend when parks officially open, but the City has now begun the hiring and training process for this year’s rangers, who will be on site starting next week to assist police in monitoring the parks for compliance and dispersing any gatherings.
All City park playgrounds, basketball courts, tennis courts, athletic courts, and sporting fields are CLOSED: (https://parks.ny.gov/covid19/)
City parks remain open for activities such as walking, jogging and biking. Mayor David encourages residents to follow New York State Parks guidelines when visiting City parks:
- Stay local and keep visits short.
- Visits should be solitary, or only with small groups, such as close family members.
- Be ready to move quickly through places where people tend to congregate, such as parking lots, trailheads and scenic overlooks.
- Avoid activities where you may come in close contact with other people.
- Stay home if you do not feel well.
- Stay home if you are over 70 and/or from a vulnerable population.
- If you arrive at a park and crowds are forming, choose a different park, a different trail or return another time/day to visit.
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