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Posted on: March 24, 2020

Update: Parks Remain Open, Playgrounds now closed

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On Tuesday, March 24, 2020, Governor Tony Evers issued Statewide Emergency Order #12, the Safer At Home Order.

Sun Prairie Parks will remain open, but as of 8:00 am on Wednesday, March 25, all playgrounds will be closed until further notice.  All athletic fields, the tennis and pickleball courts and the pet exercise area remain closed.

In reference to outdoor activity, the order states that individuals may engage in outdoor activities (such as walking, biking, hiking or running) in public and state parks if complying with the social distancing requirements of maintaining a minimum of six (6) feet between people; washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as frequently as possible or using hand sanitizer; covering coughs or sneezes (into the sleeve or elbow, not hands); regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces; not shaking hands; and following all other public health recommendations issued by DHS and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.  However, the order states that individuals may not engage in team sports as by way of example and without limitation, basketball, ultimate Frisbee, soccer, or football, as these activities do not comply with Social Distancing Requirements.

The City of Sun Prairie’s parks are open for use for permissible activities as outlines above.  SPPRF wants to remind community members that our parks, trails and open spaces have always served as places where people can find respite and seek peace.  During this time of uncertainty, our parks are needed more than ever and we are committed to keeping these spaces open as long as it is permitted.

SPPRF also wants to kindly remind the community that dogs are allowed on-leash on multi-modal paths in parks.  Please pick up after your pets and keep them on-leash.

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