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SLCO parks, playgrounds, dog parks, pickleball courts etc. open Monday

Except in SLC, WVC or Magna
Posted at 6:55 AM, May 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-18 14:33:10-04

SALT LAKE COUNTY — Several parks, playgrounds and other facilities opened in Salt Lake County Monday, May 18.

It's part of a phased re-opening of park amenities and recreation facilities the county announced last week.

The openings apply to the entire county, with the exceptions of Salt Lake City, West Valley City and Magna, which remain in orange or moderate risk status.

Those three cities along with Summit, Wasatch and Grand Counties were excluded from the statewide move to yellow, or low risk, which took effect at midnight Saturday.

All facilities will operate in compliance with current state health guidelines including social distancing.

Park leaders say they're excited for people to have more options now to recreate.

“With the majority of the county moving in to yellow we feel like we can safely open these," said Martin Jensen, Director of Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation. "We still have a few amenities that are closed but this next wave it’s another step so we’re able to get a little bit closer to being back to the new normal.”

If you do visit a park in the county, Jensen says you still need to keep six feet apart from others when possible.

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Current schedule of openings:

Monday, May 18

Playgrounds, dog parks, pickleball courts, skate parks, open fields, paths and trails will be open with social distancing requirements in cities currently in the “yellow” status of the Utah Together plan. Restrooms in parks will be open.

Friday, May 22

Wheeler Farm will be open with social distancing requirements in place. The Sunday Farmer’s Market will take place beginning June 7th with modified operations.

Saturday, May 23

Pavilions and athletic fields will be open in cities currently in the “yellow” status of the Utah Together plan. Amenities will be open for reservations. Groups are required to follow health department guidelines. Restrooms in parks will be open.

Monday, June 1

Select recreation centers will begin opening with modified operations. Openings will be determined based upon staffing, and health order directives related to amenities. Availability of our facilities is contingent upon our response to the COVID-19 health emergency. Updates will be provided as plans are finalized.

Wednesday, July 1

Target date to open Salt Lake County outdoor pools.

All six County-operated golf courses are open and operating under “Yellow” health directive status. All tee-times are reservation and pre-pay only.

Opening dates for park splash pads, youth and adult sports programming, childcare, and summer camps will be determined later.