ERIE, PA (May 14, 2020) – In an updated response moving into yellow phase, and to comply with guidance from the Erie County Department of Health, the City of Erie has decided to continue to keep all park facilities closed for the foreseeable future.
Summer leagues, camps, and recreational programs held within City-owned parks will not be permitted while the City is working under the yellow phase of reopening. Residents can still walk their dogs, and the gates at the McClelland Park Dog Park are now open to cars.
As a reminder, the following City facilities will remain closed:
- Basketball courts – the rims were removed on Friday, April 3
- Tennis courts – the nets have been removed and the gates chained
- Playground equipment
- Skate park
- Picnic areas to include pavilions
- Group exercise in parks
“We continue to receive requests from residents to gather in our parks for playing recreational sports, having a picnic, or holding 3 and 5k runs.” said Mayor Joe Schember. “It is vital for the health of our community that we all refrain from gathering in large groups to ensure that our community members remain safe while we work towards moving into the Green Phase as outlined in Governor Wolf’s Reopening Plan for Pennsylvania issued on April 17, 2020.”
We encourage everyone to continue to stay active and healthy with at-home exercise or by walking, hiking, biking, or running in City parks, which is still permitted.
As always, we strongly urge residents to maintain six feet of distance between each other and to avoid touching objects and surfaces (handrails, water fountains, park equipment, crosswalk buttons) with their bare hands. Since people can be contagious, but have no symptoms, it is vital for everyone to wear a mask or scarf covering their mouth and nose when it is necessary to go out.
The press release will be available on the City of Erie’s website at cityof.erie.pa.us.