Smyrna reopens playgrounds, pavilions at city parks

Playgrounds and pavilions at Smyrna parks are now open for use.
Playgrounds and pavilions at Smyrna parks are now open for use.

Credit: City of Smyrna/Facebook

Credit: City of Smyrna/Facebook

The city of Smyrna continues its measured approach to reopening its amenities to the public amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Playgrounds and pavilions at city parks are now open for use, Mayor Derek Norton said. Norton said city staff will sanitize the playground equipment regularly in compliance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

Riverline Park, which was closed last week by the city after groups of people were observed violating social distancing guidelines, is also back open to the public.

Gov. Brian Kemp’s latest executive order increased the size of groups allowed to gather from 10 to 25, so organized sporting activities are now allowed on the city fields as long as they comply with social distancing rules.

Residents should note that any sports organization that wants to use city fields must contact the Smyrna Parks and Recreation Department at 770-431-2842 to check availability and to obtain a permit.

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The city is also also working to reopen the pool at Tolleson Park, but no date has been announced on when that will happen.

Other updates from the city of Smyrna are:

•The Wolfe Center will remain closed until at least June 12.

•City employees resumed working their regular shifts Monday, with temperature checks, mandatory face coverings and other cleaning and disinfecting requirements in place.

•Plexiglass has been installed at the Community Center welcome desk, and the city is working on other precautions and protocols to reopen this facility as soon as possible.

•Computer access by appointment at Smyrna Public Library started this week, and the facility hopes to reopen by the end of the month.

•The Smyrna Recycling Center is now open by appointment two days a week and could open completely by the end of month.

•Booking for city facilities for events with less than 25 people could start as early as this week.

•All public meetings, including City Council, planning and zoning, and license and variance, will take place in the Community Center gym until further notice to allow for social distancing. Temperature checks and masks are mandatory for everyone in attendance.

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