Closures continue in Owensville parks

Posted 5/6/20

Although Gov. Mike Parson has allowed some businesses to reopen with Phase 1 of the Show-Me Strong Recovery Plan, restrictions on park facilities in the city of Owensville will remain in place until …

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Closures continue in Owensville parks

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Although Gov. Mike Parson has allowed some businesses to reopen with Phase 1 of the Show-Me Strong Recovery Plan, restrictions on park facilities in the city of Owensville will remain in place until May 31.

Angela Lairmore, Parks and Recreation Department director for the city, issued a release listing the “amenity closures” within the park system which will remain in place until May 31. Closures include playgrounds, fitness equipment, restrooms, water fountains, basketball, tennis and racquetball courts.

“It is important for the public to know that while the listed amenities above are closed, the park green space, trails, campground and golf course (with modified operations) remain open,” Lairmore noted in the release.

Owensville Golf Course will continue to operate under modified operations.

No more than one person may ride in a golf cart that is not residing in the same household. Walking is encouraged.

Flags and pins are not to be removed at any time during play. If ball hits the temporary foam in the cup, it will be considered in the hole.

No more than six people may play as a group.

There will be no sharing of equipment. Restrooms will remain closed and there will be limited access to clubhouse.

“While using the parks, trails, campground and golf course, it is imperative to continue to practice proper social distancing with a minimum of six feet from other persons at all times, recommended to wear mask, share the trail and warn other trail users of presence and passing, bring own hand sanitizer and water, practice good hygiene and do not use parks, trails, campground or golf course if not feeling well or exhibiting symptoms,” her release stated.

Lairmore has scheduled a special meeting of the Owensville Parks Commission for 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, in the City Hall board room.

The Parks Commission did not meet in April and will need to determine when the Winter Water Park will be opened. The facility was filled this past week and pumps were serviced. In-house training for lifeguards is currently being scheduled, Lairmore told aldermen in her report on Monday.

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