March 31, 2020

Park District takes more steps for public safety

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As the COVID-19 pandemic moves forward, the Clermont Park District continues to take steps to encourage people to enjoy the outdoors while maintaining proper social distancing.

On the advice of both Clermont Public Health and Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, the Park District has removed the goals from the basketball court and closed the tennis courts at Sycamore Park in Batavia.

“While we encourage parks remaining open for the community to get exercise, any type of group or team sports – whether organized or recreational  – should not be occurring at this time to reduce the possible spread of COVID-19,” said Julianne Nesbit, Clermont Public Health Commissioner.

“From experience across the country, we have seen were COVID-19 was easily spread to teammates and we have experience locally knowing other respiratory diseases can spread easily among people playing team sports.”

The closure of the basketball and tennis courses follows last week’s closure of playgrounds in the Park District.

In addition, the Park District has taped off the picnic shelters in Chilo Lock 34, Hartman Log Cabin, Pattison, Shor and Sycamore parks to remind people not to gather in large groups.

“We are closing these park amenities to comply with the state and county and to help ensure the safety and health of our guests and our staff,” said Chris Clingman, Park District Director. “All of these are too susceptible to close contact with other people, which could facilitate the spread of the coronavirus.”

Park District restroom facilities also have been closed, but there will be port-a-pottys available in each of the parks.

“I want parks to remain open, but I also need people to continue to abide by the social and physical distancing requirements,” Nesbit said. “Activities that allow for six feet of distancing for non-household members and do not use shared equipment are fine.”

According to Clermont Public Health, as of March 30 there were nine confirmed case of COVID-19 in the county. Information on the virus is updated daily at https://ccphohio.org/covid-19/ .

Mark D. Motz is the Community Relations Manager for the Clermont County Park District. A native Cincinnatian, he has worked for more than 25 years as an award-winning journalist and public relations professional. Away from work, he enjoys photography, theater and spending time with his nine godchildren.

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