January 6, 2020 Smyrna: Smyrna City Hall is seen during the City Council meeting on Monday, January 6, 2020, in Smyrna. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com
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Photo: Curtis Compton/Curtis Compton

Smyrna opens sports fields, prepares to reopen city hall 

Sports fields in Smyrna are now open, but a few rules are in place to maintain social distancing guidelines. 

The fields opened Friday to allow, for example, a parent and child to “pitch and hit on the fields,” said Mayor Derek Norton. However, gatherings of more than 10 people and team games and practices are banned. 

Dugouts and other gathering places are also closed. If you’re on these fields, you will be required to distance yourself from others by at least six feet, Norton said. 

Smyrna on Monday will open restroom facilities at sports fields and Taylor Brawner Park. These facilities will be cleaned and sanitized multiple times a day by the city’s Parks and Recreation staff. 

On Wednesday, tennis courts and restroom facilities at Tolleson Park, Rose Garden Park and Lake Court and Burger Park dog parks will open to the public. Restrooms will be sanitized several times a day. You can make tennis court reservations starting Monday by calling the Smyrna Community Center at 770-431-2842.

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Residents should note that pools at Tolleson Park and the Wolfe Center will remain closed, as will all city-owned buildings. Utility customers can use the drive-through window at Smyrna City Hall. 

Smyrna City Council members will hold an in-person meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the Community Center. Norton said the gym allows enough space to practice social distancing for the public and city leaders. 

Attendees will have their temperatures checked upon entry, and will be required to wear masks and adhere to social distancing rules. The gym will be cleaned and sanitized following the meeting, Norton said. 

View the City Council agenda here.

Smyrna staff will begin returning to City Hall Monday in shifts. Employees will be required to socially distance, have their temperatures checked, wear face coverings and have their work spaces disinfected.

“This will enable staff to prepare city buildings for public access when it is safe to reopen those facilities,” Norton said.

The city has not set a date for when its buildings will reopen to the public. 

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