COVID-19 FAQs

As statistics indicate the Coronavirus is continuing to expand locally, it is incumbent upon all of us to contribute to stopping the spread. This can be done by use of basic protocols that have long been publicized: use of properly-worn facial coverings, honoring physical distancing, frequently washing/sanitizing your hands, staying home if you have symptoms, etc… When you are in public, the responsible thing to do is take measures to protect yourself and be respectful of others. Below are answers to some frequently asked questions regarding the Parks and Recreation Department in City of Parkland (City).

FACIAL COVERINGS

When do I have to wear a facial covering in a City park?

When you are unable to consistently maintain at least six feet of physical distancing between yourself and others who do not live in your household, a facial covering is required.  You do not need to wear a facial covering if you are exerting yourself or have a medical condition that would preclude you wearing one.  You must also wear a facial covering in all City buildings—including restrooms.

If I’m riding my bike or jogging, do I have to wear a facial covering?

No.  If you are exerting yourself you do not need to wear a facial covering.  If you are unable to consistently maintain at least six feet of physical distancing between yourself and others who do not live in your household, a facial covering is required.

Do I have to wear a facial covering while playing a game?

No, but there are other requirements for the safety of everyone that must be followed.  These include participants in games bringing their own equipment, water bottle, etc…  Additionally, when the game is over and you are not physically distancing, you must wear a facial covering.

I’m just watching my children play a game, do I have to wear a facial covering?

Yes.  If you are unable to consistently maintain at least six feet of physical distance between you and others who do not live in your household, you must wear a facial covering.

Do my young children need to wear a facial covering?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), children two years of age and older should wear a facial covering. As is the case for adults, when in a public setting, children two years and older should wear a facial covering when not able to consistently maintain a physical distance of at least six feet between them and others who do not live in their household. 

If I’m walking my dog in Barkland, do I need to wear a facial covering?

Yes, if you are unable to consistently maintain at least six feet of physical distance between you and others who do not live in your household.  Remember, as your dog interacts with other dogs, it is likely you will come in contact other dog owners.  

Does my dog need to wear a facial covering?

No.  As cute as that might be, it is not required.

Do I have to wear a facial covering if I’m in a passive park just walking through Parkland’s beautiful pathways?

Yes, if you are unable to consistently maintain at least six feet of physical distance between you and others who do not live in your household.  

Do I have to wear a facial covering when going indoors such as in the P-REC at Pine Trails Park, The Parkland Tennis Center at Quigley Park, or public restrooms?

Yes.  The likelihood of being in close proximity to others in these facilities is high.  For your safety and the safety of others, including City employees, you must wear a facial covering in these facilities.

What happens if I do not wear a facial covering when I’m supposed to?

First and foremost you could contribute to the spread of COVID-19.  Additionally, it is a misdemeanor enforceable by law enforcement to violate a City Emergency Order.  If you refuse to comply, the Broward Sheriff’s Office-Parkland District can issue a fine and/or notice to appear in court for violation of an Emergency Order.  While that measure is not preferred, an unwillingness to comply with the City’s Emergency Orders can violate the safety of our community.

How do I dispose of my facial covering?

Reusable facial coverings can be taken home and cared for according to guidelines set forth by the manufacturer or the CDC.  Disposable facial coverings should be discarded in trash cans.

PARK ACTIVITIES

What are the park hours?

Terramar Park and Pine Trails Park are open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Barkland is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  All other parks (except Liberty Park) are open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Liberty Park remains closed.  Times may be adjusted on holidays.  Facial coverings are required at all times unless you are able to maintain physical distancing of at least six feet between you and others who do not live in your household.  If you are exercising or have a medical condition that would preclude your wearing a facial covering, you do not have to wear one.

Can I take my children to play on the playgrounds at Pine Trails Park or Terramar Park?

No.  All playgrounds are closed until they can be safely reopened for the public use.

Can I take my children to the splash pad at Liberty Park?

No.  Liberty Park remains closed.

Am I able to use the outdoor fitness equipment located throughout City parks?

No.  All outdoor fitness stations are closed until they can be safely reopened for public use.

Are the tennis courts and pickleball courts open at Terramar Park?

Yes.  The tennis courts and pickleball courts are open, but limited to a maximum of four people per court.  If you are waiting to play, you are required to wear a facial covering unless physical distancing of at least six feet can be consistently maintained.

Am I able to use or rent the pavilions?

No.  All pavilions are closed until they can be safely reopened.

Are the City of Parkland established sports leagues able to resume activity including practices and games?

Yes, they are able to practice and have games, but there are requirements for the safety of everyone that must be followed.  Each organization has submitted “Return to Play” protocols that include safety guidelines such as physical distancing requirements, players bringing their own equipment and water bottle, no sharing, etc...  Dugouts remain closed except for limited use for catchers during games only.  Spectators are required to bring their own seats as the bleachers are closed.  Everyone coming to the park for sports activities must wear a facial covering unless physical distancing of at least six feet can be consistently maintained.  Face coverings can be removed if you are exercising.  When going to the restroom or entering a building, facial coverings are required.

Am I able to obtain a field permit to reserve a field?

No.  Other than the established Parkland leagues, organized play is not permitted.  When the fields are not in use by an established Parkland league, they are open for passive use for groups of 10 or less—but physical distancing is required.  Scrimmages and pick-up games are prohibited.

Are the batting cages open?

Yes, the batting cages are open and limited to two people per cage following the City’s posted batting cage rules.  Facial coverings are required unless exerting yourself or consistently maintaining at least six feet of physical distance between you and others who do not live in your household.

Is the concession stand open?

Yes, the concession stand is open following protocols of restaurants and food establishments.  Facial coverings are required when going to the concession stand and purchasing items and seating is not available.  Physical distancing is required while in line and waiting for food.

Are the basketball courts open?

No, all basketball courts remain closed until they can be reopened for safe use.

THE P-REC AT PINE TRAILS PARK

What are the hours of the P-REC?

The P-REC is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and closed Sunday.  Facial coverings must be worn when inside the building.

Are the indoor pickleball courts at the P-REC open?

Yes, pickleball at the P-REC is open, but limited to four people per court.  If you are waiting to play, you are required to wear a facial covering.  The courts are open on Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  There is a daily admission charge.

Has fitness training and fitness classes resumed at the P-REC?

Yes, Athletic Republic is required to follow all applicable safety requirements for commercial gyms and fitness centers.  Facial coverings are required when entering the building.  Everyone is required to check-in at the front desk, have their temperature taken, sign a waiver, and follow one-way directional floor arrows through the hallways.  Those utilizing equipment in Athletic Republic are required to clean equipment before and after each use with the sanitized supplies provided and honor physical distancing while working out.  Facial coverings can be removed while working out or during cool down periods, but you must honor physical distancing.  The showers remain closed and participants must bring their own water bottle.

Additionally, some fitness classes such as yoga, Zumba, and pilates have resumed with the same safety protocols.  Registration fees will apply for each of these programs.

Have dance classes resumed at the P-REC?

Yes, dance classes have resumed and participants are required to follow all appropriate safety requirements—including following one-way directional floor arrows through the hallways, having their temperature taken upon entry, signing a waiver, and maintaining physical distance from others.  Facial coverings are required when entering the building and can be removed only when exercising/dancing.   Registration fees will apply.

Have other fitness-related classes resumed at the P-REC?

Yes.  Martial arts, fencing, futsol, and volleyball have resumed and participants are required to follow all appropriate safety requirements including checking in at the front desk, having their temperature taken, signing a waiver, following one-way directional floor arrows, and maintaining physical distance from others.  Facial coverings are required when entering the building, but can be removed when working out.  Registration fees will apply.

Is there summer camp available at the P-REC?

Yes.  Sports, basketball, and dance Summer camp day programs are available at the P-REC and a volleyball Summer camp is available in the afternoon.  All summer camp program participants are required to follow safety protocols and CDC guidelines that include physical distancing of all participants, temperature checks, group sizes of 10 or less, groups remaining together and not co-mingling with other groups, and no sharing.  There are modified drop-off and pick-up procedures to limit the number of people in the P-REC as well.  For more information on camps, please call the P-REC at (954) 757-4105.

THE PARKLAND TENNIS CENTER AT QUIGLEY PARK

What are the hours of the Parkland Tennis Center at Quigley Park?

It is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Facial coverings must be worn when inside the building and are required at all times unless you are able to consistently maintain at least six feet of physical distance between you and others who do not live in your household, you are exercising, or you have a medical condition that precludes your wearing one.

Is there Summer tennis camp available?

Yes, the Rob Nickels Tennis Academy is conducting a tennis Summer camp program at The Parkland Tennis Center at Quigley Park.  All Summer camp program participants are required to follow safety protocols and CDC guidelines that include temperature checks, physical distancing of all participants, group sizes of 10 or less, groups remaining together and not co-mingling with other groups, no sharing, modified drop-off and pick-up procedures, and more. For information on the tennis camp, please call The Parkland Tennis Center at Quigley Park at 954-757-1910.

Is doubles play permitted on the tennis courts?

Yes, the tennis courts are open for singles and doubles play.  You are required to wear a facial covering when checking in and when using the restrooms.  If you are waiting to play, you are required to wear a facial covering unless you are able to consistently maintain at least six feet of physical distance between you and others who do not live in your household.