The Arnold Parks and Recreation Department has announced how the city’s parks will operate during the stay-at-home order issued by Jefferson County and other government restrictions put in place because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Nearly all of Arnold’s parks are still open from a half hour after sunrise to a half hour after sunset.
Parks and Recreation Director Dickie Brown said one exception to that rule is the former Arnold Golf Club, which was shut down and then converted into a walking and biking park. He said that city-owned land, at 1 Golfview Drive, is open from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
In addition, the playgrounds in the city’s parks are not being disinfected during the pandemic and, thus, are closed, Brown said.
“We have no way to keep playgrounds clean,” he said.
Along with the city's two major parks, Arnold City Park on Bradley Beach Road and Ferd B. Lang Park on Old Lemay Ferry Road, Brown said the city’s other parks remain open, including the archery park at 1136 Telegraph Road and the dog park at 1839 Ozark Drive.
“We understand people need an outlet for their dogs too,” Brown said. “We just hope they observe the established protocols for social distancing.”
The Parks Department said in a Facebook post on Thursday (March 27) that no events that violate the stay-at-home order can be held in the parks. The executive order, which went into effect Tuesday, March 24, and remains in place until 11:59 p.m. April 23, says no more than 10 people may gather at the same time in one location.
In the meantime, Arnold parks are open for walking and exercising, in accordance with the stay-at-home order that says outdoor walking and exercising is permitted as long as people practice social distancing and remain at least 6 feet away from others.
“We encourage people to go out and use our parks during these times,” Brown said. “We just ask that they observe the social-distancing guidelines.”