Minneapolis to reopen sports courts, playgrounds over coming weeks

They had been shut down during the Stay at Home order.
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Many Minneapolis park amenities will reopen in the next two weeks as social distancing restrictions are lifted.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board announced Tuesday that amenities including tennis courts, playgrounds, basketball courts, skate parks and sports fields will begin reopening.

The park board had initially closed them down to enforce social distancing during Gov. Tim Walz’s Stay at Home order, which restricted contact with individuals outside one’s household.

The park board started removing tennis nets and basketball hoops and closing fields in late April after determining people were not following social distancing guidelines. St. Paul had already taken similar measures.

Walz’s Stay Safe MN order replaced the Stay at Home order Monday. Under it, groups of up to 10 individuals outside a household can gather. The park board’s new guidelines reflect the order, limiting amenity use to no more than 10 people.

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Park users should still try to limit contact with those outside their household, the park board recommends. Sports like basketball or volleyball that require physical contact should only be played with members of one’s household.

“I am grateful the new executive order encourages outdoor recreation facilities be open for families and children. I urge all Minneapolis residents take the state guidelines seriously, take personal responsibility, and practice social distancing in parks to protect themselves and others,” said MPRB Superintendent Al Bangoura in a statement.

Minneapolis parks and trails remained open during the Stay at Home order. Some parkways also closed to vehicle traffic to allow people more room to spread out. 

Minneapolis beaches and pools will remain closed this summer. 

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