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City of Kalamazoo.

The city of Kalamazoo is now in the process of preparing parks and park amenities to fully reopen to the public in June, according to a press release from the city of Kalamazoo.

Summer programs that were delayed due to COVID-19 are now scheduled to begin in late June and early July.

Community members are advised to still be cautious and follow guidelines to protect themselves and others from COVID-19, the city said. Social distancing, frequent hand washing, staying home when you are sick, and coughing into your elbow are still necessary.

Changes have also been made to youth programs to limit group size and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

All city parks are currently open for limited use, and hands-on park equipment will reopen June 15. Hands-on equipment will not be regularly sanitized so park users are encouraged to utilize hand sanitizer and take precautions when using equipment, according to the city.

The Kik Pool will not open for the 2020 season due to safety concerns related to COVID-19. Scheduled improvements will take place this year and the pool will reopen in 2021, according to the city.

However, other options will be available. Woods Lake Park Beach will reopen starting June 15, and the Florence Street Splash Pad will reopen June 12 once improvements are completed. 

Tennis and pickleball courts are open, along with skate plazas. Rims are also being reinstalled in basketball courts, which will be completed by June 19. Municipal golf courses and clubhouses have already reopened.

Picnic pavilions will be available June 22. Park restrooms are currently scheduled to reopen for June 29.

Summer youth development programs have also been rescheduled and will start in late June or early July. MyCITY Summer Youth Employment program will start June 22, and All Things Possible and Super Rec will start July 6. 

Programs will be adjusted to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, according to the city. Registration for Super Rec and All Things Possible opens on Monday, June 15.

Adult softball leagues will start on July 6. Registration is currently open.

Lunchtime Live! will return to Bronson Park on Fridays starting June 12 and run through September 4. Community members are encouraged to grab lunch and find a spot in the park to enjoy while maintaining distance, according to the city. 

There will not be live music through at least June, although music will be played in the park. Registration is currently open for both food truck vendors (on South Street) and vendors located within the park.

Information on all Kzoo Parks programs is available at www.kzooparks.org.

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