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LONGMONT, CO – MAY 18:Pickleball courts at Hover Park in Longmont on May 18, 2020. The courts have reopened with the middle nets removed between courts and dividers installed to provide better social distancing. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)
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Longmont has reopened more of its outdoor recreation facilities to public use, officials announced Monday.

Many popular outdoor activities have been prohibited or curtailed for two or more months in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Tennis and pickleball courts in city parks are now open for singles play, city staff said in a Monday evening news release. Doubles play is allowed only if team members are from the same household.

Tennis and pickleball courts cannot be reserved, and no tournament or league play is available.

Additional safety requirements for the tennis and pickleball courts:

  • Players are encouraged to bring their own balls, labeled with their names or other distinctive markings. 
  • On their serves, players should use their own balls for play. 
  • After players serve, their balls should be returned to them without being touched by other players. This may include passing using the racquet, kicking or some other non-touch method.

Nets have been removed at some courts to help maintain social distancing. Longmont has encouraged people to visit a United States Tennis Association website, tinyurl.com/y8sypvel, for guidance about safe play during the pandemic.

Basketball courts in Longmont city parks are open for use by members of the same household, city officials said. Non-household members may play together on a court if group sizes and social distancing can be maintained, face coverings are worn, and players each have their own basketballs — such as in games like “HORSE.”

Basketball players’ equipment should not be shared between non-household players.

Volleyball courts in Longmont parks are open only for use by members of the same household, staff said.

Longmont is prohibiting volleyball games among non-household members at its parks because social distancing of 6 feet between persons cannot be maintained, and the sharing of equipment by non-household members is prohibited, staff said.

Disc golf courses remain open, but all general park social distancing guidelines apply to those courses, and players are being told not to touch baskets.

Wheels parks, including skate parks, bike parks and roller hockey rinks are open. Again, all general park guidelines intended to prevent the spread of the coronavirus apply to those areas, and people are asked not to touch high-contact surfaces such as rails.

Longmont’s Sunset, Twin Peaks and Ute Creek golf courses reopened earlier this month, with restrictions and conditions.

City staff said that beginning Thursday, those public courses will offer longer hours. Tee times will be available from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Any tee times after 3:30 p.m. will be for nine holes only.

Golfers are asked to make tee time reservations by calling the appropriate clubhouse.

In addition, golf carts will once again be available to rent, with the following requirements:

  • Only single-rider carts will be available unless all riders are from the same household. 
  • Carts will not be allowed in the parking lot. 
  • Carts will be sanitized after each round; sanitation may take up to 15 minutes. 
  • Due to the limited number of carts, there may not be a cart available at the golfers’ reserved tee times.
  • Carts should be returned to the staging area. Once there, golfers are to throw all trash in the trash receptacle at the end of the round.
  • All carts must be returned no later than 7:30 p.m. 

“Other parks amenities,” including playgrounds, shelters and picnic areas, and other areas amenable to public gatherings remain closed at this time, staff said in the news release. “Information will be shared on reopening those areas when it becomes available.”

Officials said Longmont’s public health and safety regulations and requirements for people planning to visit the parks and recreation facilities that have reopened or that will be reopened in the future include:

  • “If you feel sick or have flu-like symptoms, please do not visit parks or use park amenities.”
  • Individuals using reopened amenities must follow general guidelines for parks usage, including maintaining six-foot social distancing and having face coverings available for when social distancing may not be possible.”
  • “It is impossible to guarantee a risk-free experience, so “use of park amenities is at your own risk. Visitors are encouraged to bring hand sanitizer and wipes.”
  • No more than 10 individuals may be in a court area or wheels park at any one time. If there are already 10 people using the amenity, visitors are asked to return at a less busy time. Do not congregate around the facilities.”

People can stay up to date with the status of all Longmont city  facilities during the pandemic at longmontcolorado.gov/coronavirus. To learn which amenities are offered at various City parks, visit bit.ly/park-amenities and choose the amenity from the “All Amenities” dropdown menu.

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