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Public facilities set to reopen this weekend

The Lafayette Parks and Recreation Department is gearing up for many public facilities to reopen this weekend.

Posted: May 19, 2020 6:47 PM
Updated: May 22, 2020 8:48 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - On Sunday, Indiana will enter stage three of Governor Eric Holcomb's Back on Track plan.

The Lafayette Parks and Recreation Department is working to make sure people remain safe as the state continues to reopen.

In just a few days, public facilities including playgrounds, basketball courts and picnic areas will be allowed to reopen.

"We're instituting a lot of protocols,” said Lafayette Parks and Recreation’s Director of Operations Jon Miner.

In Lafayette, pools like Castaway Bay and Vinton Pool will be allowed to reopen this weekend.

Miner said the Health Department is limiting capacity to 50 percent.

"At Vinton, that'll be 125 people roughly, cause that 50 percent capacity also includes our staff, so it'll just a little bit under 125,” said Minor.

Castaway Bay will be limited to around 175 people.

Miner is excited to see people back at local pools and playground. He said they're working to maintain a safe environment.

"There is just a more heightened awareness now of what we need to do and how often we need to disinfect and how often we need to clean,” said Minor.

Lafayette resident Paul Mitchell is happy to see the state continue to reopen, but he said it will take time to fully recover.

"I hope things get back to normal, but you know, it might not ever be the same,” said Mitchell.

Bill Hanks said he and his wife plan to wait before returning to businesses regularly.

"We're not going to take the chance for a while. We'll wait and see how people actually react to it,” said Hanks.

Tropicanoe Cove and the Columbian Park Zoo will be allowed to reopen starting June 14th. They too, will be limited to 50 percent capacity.

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