Smiles return: Playgrounds, spray parks to open, also some basketball courts

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Lexington is about to put some smiles back in summer.

Lexington’s Parks and Recreation is planning something really special for this Saturday, July 4 – playgrounds will reopen all over town.

“Children will need to wear masks and be encouraged to keep their distance from other children,” said Parks ad Recreation Director Monica Conrad. “Parents should keep their children out of the playground if it is crowded.”

Signage at each playground will warn visitors about the risks.

The city’s four spraygrounds will open in mid-July at Jacobson Park, Masterson Station Park, Douglass Park and Castlewood Park.

“We can’t safely open the pools, but children will be able to cool off and have fun at spraygrounds,” Conrad said.

Spraygrounds are interactive water features that are ideal for children of all ages. Designed to have no standing water, there is no lifeguard on duty, so parent supervision is required.

To keep the spraygrounds from becoming too crowded, parents will be required to reserve a block of time up to 1 hour and 45 minutes.

More information will be provided on how to sign up as soon as a firm date for opening the spraygrounds is established. The same rules about masks and social distancing, apply.

Individual basketball courts will also open on Saturday.

Larger banks of courts, for example those at Douglass, Shillito and Constitution parks, will remain closed in the short-term.

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