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Parks officials say enjoy the outdoors, but follow guidelines

Parks officials say enjoy the outdoors, but follow guidelines
Posted at 9:14 AM, Mar 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-26 10:15:11-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Area parks and recreation officials say residents can still enjoy parks and rec facilities, but should follow guidelines for safety.

With warm weather approaching, and area schools and many businesses closed, the need to get outside is exploding like blooms.

But COVID-19 restrictions and concerns remain.

In recent days many cities and jurisdictions have closed playgrounds in area parks, but the parks remain open.

KC Parks and Rec Director Terry Rynard says follow the CDC's guidelines.

Groups of 10 or more will be prohibited until after May 15.

Children are not allowed on swings and slides and other climbing features, but you can still get out and about.

Walking trails, running, hiking biking and walking are all available.

Information and guidelines, and a short video are available on the cities website at

Johnson County Parks and Recreation says that beginning March 25, the gates at the off-leash parks will be left open.

Parks, park amenities, and trails will remain open during normal hours. Though pickleball, tennis, and basketball courts currently remain open, use is discouraged as they cannot be cleaned and sanitized.

More information is available at