ROCHESTER — City Manager Blaine Cox, Mayor Caroline McCarley and Recreation Director Chris Bowlen wish to share an update on the use of the Community Center tennis and pickleball courts and the Squamanagonic Disc Golf Course.
The two facilities will reopen to the public on Monday, May 18, and restrictions will be put in place to ensure the safety of those using the amenities and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Community Center Tennis and Pickleball Courts Open May 18
Those using the courts at 150 Wakefield St. will have the opportunity to play singles matches only until further notice. Each court will be marked to designate which sport can be played on it.
Seniors-only court use for community members over 50-years-old will be held Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 to 11 a.m.
Those using the courts must not gather in the parking lot before or after their visit, and are encouraged to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer frequently and avoid touching their faces while there.
Squamanagonic Disc Golf Course Opens May 18
Those using the course at 53 Hansonville Road are asked to stick to solo rounds as much as possible, and not to play with more than three players.
The course will continue to be closed to the public on Fridays to allow local law enforcement agencies to use the area for training.
“Gimmie” putts (a scoring shot that the players agree counts automatically without being played) should be considered to help minimize contact with shared surfaces while playing.
Those waiting to tee off should stay in their vehicles until the other group has cleared the area.
Those using the course must not to gather in the parking lot before or after their visit, and are encouraged to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer frequently and avoid touching their face while there.
Recreation Spaces that Remain Closed
Per the City of Rochester Emergency Operation’s Center, the following recreation spaces are not being disinfected at this time and shall not be used:
- All city and school playground structures, including swings
- Hanson Pines basketball courts
- All picnic tables
- Pavilions and bandstands
- Any other physical objects, structures or equipment
Residents are reminded of several public health guidelines pertaining to COVID-19 and social distancing while recreating outdoors:
- If you’re not feeling well, stay home.
- Wearing of face masks or cloth face coverings is strongly encouraged.
- If you belong to a group that is considered more vulnerable to the virus, please consider additional precautions.
- Patrons shall practice social distancing and stay six feet apart from others.
- Only touch your own equipment.
- Skip high-fives or fist bumps in favor of other contactless celebrations.
- Do not hold activities or gatherings of more than 10 people.
- Avoid parks/trails that are crowded.
Green spaces and trails continue to remain open at this time. Those using those spaces must practice social distancing when doing so and shall not congregate in groups larger than 10, as per state orders.
Links to health and safety guidelines from national tennis, disc golf and pickleball organizations can be found at www.RochesterRec.com.