The Pasadena Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services is preparing to resume in-person after-school programs and youth sports activities at city parks, some of which are set to reopen in early September after nearly six months of all non-essential city services. sponsored fun and sports activities are suspended due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Director of Parks and Recreation Brenda Harvey-Williams will report Tuesday, September 1 on the status of these parks and soon-to-be-authorized recreation opportunities when the City’s Parks and Recreation Commission meets during a special virtual meeting starting at 6 p.m.
A preliminary Department report showed that some of the parks, particularly Jefferson Park, Victory Park and Villa-Parke, will reopen on Tuesday, September 8 for softball and other outdoor sporting events, albeit limited to practice, conditioning and skill development only. . Tournaments, events, scrimmages and games are not permitted, until further notice, according to the report.
Brookside, Brenner and McDonald parks will reopen Sept. 30 for softball and other outdoor sports.
Reopening dates are in line with local guidelines issued by the city’s Department of Public Health in early August, which apply to recreational sports leagues, club sports, travel sports and sports sponsored by public and private schools serving students in grades TK-12.
In accordance with the guidelines, the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services is now accepting applications for permits for local youth sports groups to use the city park sports fields. To obtain a permit, these groups will be asked to submit their specific reopening protocols in accordance with public health guidelines.
Most other parks will remain closed until at least December 14 for renovations and turf improvements. The first phase of maintenance work began the first week of August and the second phase begins on October 1.
Harvey-Williams will also report on a partnership between the After-School Adventures Program (ASAP) and Pasadena Unified School District after-school programming as part of LEARNS. The goal of the partnership is to provide all-day supervision to a limited number of PUSD elementary students on 12 school campuses in Pasadena.
The program is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, September 8 and run until the end of the fall academic term on October 16, according to the report. All after-school programs will take place outdoors.
Tuesday’s Recreation and Parks Commission meeting is open to the public. Go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83780136311 to watch the webinar, or call (669) 900-6833 and use webinar ID 837 8013 6311.
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