In my last column in April I talked about a plan to reopen our playgrounds, athletic fields, indoor facilities and athletic tournaments/events with a phased approach. Phase 1 included trails and green spaces and the City of North Augusta chose early on to leave these facilities open to our community. We have since opened up our tennis courts and disc golf course on Friday, May 8. We are now approaching phase 2 of the plan which has been scheduled for late May to early June. This phase includes playgrounds and athletic fields for local use only. We are hoping for good news this week from the governor’s office with regard to these facilities. We are still working towards our spring sports of baseball, softball and soccer playing a summer season in June-July. No doubt the beautiful weather we have enjoyed, combined with the long 10 weeks of shelter in place, has made the waiting game difficult.
Phase 3 of the plan would be early June to mid-June and includes the reopening of recreation centers/gyms for local use only. Gov. McMaster has allowed commercial gyms/fitness centers to reopen this week but that did not include Parks and Recreation facilities. The Riverview Park Activities Center remains closed. Our plan is to open early to mid-June. Staff is working on meeting the necessary guidelines to ensure the safest and cleanest conditions for our community.
We do have good news on summer day camps as the governor has given the green light for these camps to begin in June. Adventure Camp will start on June 8 and offered for nine consecutive weeks at a new location this year, the North Augusta Community Center. The community center space will be designated for campers and staff only. There will be health screenings of staff and campers prior to entering the building. Social distancing strategies will include but not be limited to curbside pickup and drop-off and an isolation area for campers who become ill. More Adventure Camp details are being formulated and will be released later this week. Stay tuned to our North Augusta PRT Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/northaugusta.recreation, for information on our programs and facilities. We continue to follow the recommendations of our governor, S.C. DHEC, the CDC, South Carolina Recreation & Parks Association, the mayor and City Council.