Flagler County parks, sports fields to reopen

The County issued guidelines for guests to follow when visiting

Flagler County welcomes dogs to Wadsworth Park in Flagler Beach.
Flagler County welcomes dogs to Wadsworth Park in Flagler Beach.

FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. – Park activities will once again fill Flagler County parks as Florida enters Phase two of the State’s “Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step.”

Flagler County officials announced Friday that its park activities will return on Saturday, June 6, with social distancing and other CDC guidance.

According to a news release, sports fields and their associated activities – softball, baseball, soccer, lacrosse – as well as playgrounds and the skate park, will be open and ready to use.

Basketball will be limited to individuals shooting hoops, the release said. No team or pick-up games will be allowed because of the close contact nature of the sport, officials said.

“People can use pavilions with social distancing as a walk-up amenity, but we aren’t renting them out just yet,” said General Services Director Heidi Petito. “We are following the safety guidelines established by the various sports associations.”

The park issued these guidelines ahead of the park’s reopening.

Guidelines include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • All event participants, spectators, and employees must adhere to the six-foot physical distancing guidelines while at the facility.
  • Any person who is experiencing symptoms of illness will be prohibited from attending the event/venue of play.
  • Players, coaches, and spectators are not required to wear face coverings. However, it is recommended that face coverings be worn in close contact areas where social distancing is difficult to maintain.
  • Directors, players, coaches, umpires and spectators must adhere to the guidelines from CDC, state and local authorities regarding potential state or county travel restrictions and stay-at-home orders, including return to state or county of residence.
  • Players should bring their own, personal cooler instead of using a team cooler. Players should plan to bring an individual water bottle. No shared water or food coolers.
  • Teams should supply their athletes with antibacterial wipes and hand sanitizer for disinfecting shared playing equipment and cleaning hands between innings.
  • Spectators may not sit or stand in high traffic areas (e.g., behind the backstops).
  • Fans may have to bring their own chairs or stand. Fans should keep six feet of social distancing between different household units.

The timing of the park’s opening coincides with the City of Palm Coast’s schedule to reopen its parks facilities.

“It’s just less confusing that way,” Petito said. “Not everyone knows which facilities are ours, and which belong to Palm Coast.”

Park pavilions and Community Center rentals will resume on June 15, officials said.

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