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Keeping up with guidelines presents new challenges for city’s Parks Department

365体育投注Throughout the California shelter in place orders and constant updates in the guidelines of public spaces from Yolo County, there have been many changes to city-run facilities and public services.

365体育投注Tennis courts and basketball court and playgrounds have closed (with courts since re-opened). Recreational sports have been canceled. And the county has required people to wear face coverings in public areas.

All of these issues have generated a great amount of public debate, with arguments coming down on both sides.

365体育投注But how has the city’s staff been navigating everything in order to make sure that they are in compliance with the rules while still providing the amenities that make Davis well, Davis?

“A challenge has been educating the public of the shelter in place restrictions and what types of activities are allowed by the Yolo County Health Director and the State,” said Parks and Recreational Department director Dale Sumersille. “The other challenge is the unknown. Like everyone else we are waiting for additional guidelines from the Yolo County Health Officer and the State.

“Information is changing at such a fast pace, often daily and sometimes even hourly, that it is difficult to keep pace,” she added. “The Parks and Community Services Department staff are trying to adapt and continue to serve families as best as we can.”

So though regular summer programming like the Fourth of July softball tournament, gymnastics camp and teen camp have been canceled — with more decisions on summer activities still to come — the Parks Department has still been making the best of an unfortunate situation to provide alternative solutions.

In their stead, city officials, who have been working remotely, have come up with several alternatives, with potentially more on the way.

For kids, that includes the online “Rec 30” program that introduces a new activity that one can do at home each day, while the department has also introduced a virtual 6th grade dance to replace the annual in-person event.

For older residents, there is a new senior fitness program run over Zoom as well as a live bingo game and social hour. The senior services section of their website also includes the option to take a Zoom tutorial for those who are unfamiliar with the technology.

While this is all going on, the Parks Department is still working hard on maintaining the facilities that are available for public use.

365体育投注“Our parks, irrigation, urban forestry and contract crews are still working on a daily basis in the field and are taking care of essential services such as mowing, weed abatement, trimming landscaping, repairing irrigation, cleaning restrooms and picking up trash,” Sumersille said.

Despite all the new rules and regulations, the reports from the Police Department seem to indicate that residents are mostly in compliance with the guidelines put in place by the state and county.

“The city appreciates the community’s patience and support as we chart through these unprecedented times,” Sumersille said. “We know that the city’s programs and parks play a vital role in the lives of our community, more than ever and we are doing our best to be as responsive as we possibly can.”

— Reach Evan Ream at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @EvanReam.

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Evan Ream graduated with a B.A. in journalism from Southern Oregon in Ashland, Ore. He loves soccer more than any person rationally should. "Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure them it is much more serious than that." - Bill Shankly

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