Memorial Park has reopened this week, with several facilities 
available for use in the initial phase. More activities and other 
decisions regarding park activities will be made in the next few weeks.
    Members of the Parks and Recreation Committee met on Tuesday, May 19 
to discuss reopening of the park, as well as the ASPIRE Center.
    Parks and Recreation Director Lonnie Chaplin recommended that 
Memorial Park begin operation on Tuesday, May 26. The hours will be 
from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
    In the first phase, those who use the park can utilize the green 
space, use the walking trails, play tennis and eat at the picnic 
tables. Chaplin recommended that the Tot Lot and the basketball 
courts remain closed at this time, since they tend to become crowded.
    Shelter house rentals will remain suspended at this time.
    In the second phase of the reopening plan, Cal Ripken baseball will 
begin. Chaplin said practice for the youth teams will begin around 
June 15, with games slated for July.
    Each team and coaches will be made aware of the safety guidelines 
that must be followed for league practice and play.
    The ASPIRE Center will reopen on Monday, June 1.
    Small groups of 25 or less will be able to rent the facility and 
they will receive a list of guidelines they must follow. Chaplin 
indicated that no large parties can book the facility at this time.
    Meetings that are normally held at the facility that include 25 
people or less may also resume.
    The indoor walking trail will be open, but those who use it must 
adhere to social distancing, Chaplin said. The outdoor trail has 
remained open.
    At this time, the gym at the ASPIRE Center may not be used for any 
basketball games. That decision will be made later.
    The committee discussed the status of the pool at the ASPIRE Center. 
It will remain closed at this time, and Chaplin is seeking guidance 
from the state in regard to the possibility of opening the pool. He 
said if it is not opened early in June it would not be feasible to 
operate it this summer.
    The next regularly scheduled meeting for the Parks and Recreation 
Committee will be June 16, when they will discuss further action regarding the facilities.   

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