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story.lead_photo.caption Kate Williams plays pickleball June 25 at the courts at Walker Park in Fayetteville. The city will is opening some park amenities after closing them because of the covid-19 pandemic. (File Photo/NWA Democrat-Gazette/J.T. Wampler)

FAYETTEVILLE -- Some park amenities in the city will open to the public starting Friday.

The tennis courts at Wilson and Walker parks will be open for singles play only. The courts will be reserved for senior residents 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. daily, according to a city news release.

The batting cages at Walker and White River parks also will open with a maximum of two people permitted per cage.

The handball and racquetball courts, horseshoe pits and skateboard area at Walker Park will open with social distancing requirements in place, according to the release.

The Bryce Davis Iams Dog Park also will open.

Signs are posted at all parks with the relevant information on safe practices.

At the Lake Fayetteville and Lake Sequoyah marinas, signs and markers to indicate 6 feet of separation are placed at docks and in the bait shops. Inside the shops, customers should wear face coverings, and only one customer will be allowed at a time. Symptomatic people won't be allowed inside. Sneeze guards are installed at public counters and hand sanitizer is available. City staff and contractors must wear face coverings when working with customers.

The city will continue its waiver of fishing permit fees for lakes, according to the release.

Park amenities such as playgrounds, courts and fields have been closed since March 24. The measure was taken to discourage groups of people from congregating and sharing surfaces, potentially spreading covid-19.

The city is beginning to slowly open amenities and will continue taking a cautious approach to opening city-owned facilities and buildings, according to the release.

More information can be found at fayetteville-ar.gov/covid19.

NW News on 05/22/2020

Print Headline: City to open some park amenities

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