Park Amenity Closures in Effort to Slow the Spread of COVID-19: Bike/Hike Path & Green Spaces Remain Available
While the Parks & Recreation Department encourages activity, especially in this time of isolation, it is impossible to ensure that park amenities such as playgrounds are free from contamination. Therefore, following CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the following amenities will be closed until further notice:
- Dog park
- Skate park
- All park/picnic shelters
- All City owned/operated athletic fields are closed to organized activities and social gatherings:
- Basketball, volleyball, and tennis courts
- Disc golf course
- Horse shoe pits
Additionally, the basketball goals will be disabled or removed from all basketball courts, and signage and tape barricades will be placed around and on playground equipment.
Parks restrooms remain closed at this time, and park drinking fountains are not available for use.
The Vermillion Police Department will be assisting with the enforcement of the closure policy. Failure to comply will result in removal or prosecution.
The hike/bike path will remain open along with the green spaces of the parks. Please practice social distancing while utilizing these spaces.
“Vermillion Parks and Recreation understands the important value playgrounds, basketball courts and other outdoor facilities provide to our community, especially for children,” said Parks and Recreation Director, Jim Goblirsch. “However, given the current situation and the guidance from public health officials on physical distancing, limiting in-person social interactions, avoiding spaces where people congregate in close quarters, and the concerns around transmission of the virus being spread through surfaces, we believe that playgrounds and play structures should temporarily close in an effort to reduce community spread.”