City of Jenks modifies public park policies to cope with COVID-19

City of Jenks modifies public park policies to cope with COVID-19

The Coronavirus is making its mark across the Jenks community.

The City of Jenks has ordered the closing of bars and gyms and forced restaurants to shift to take-out and curbside service only, Jenks Public Schools has closed at least until April 6 and now the public parks’ policies are being modified.

In a statement released on Facebook Sunday, the City of Jenks said they want the community to be as healthy as possible, which includes allowing people to get fresh air and exercise.

The city is implementing modifications to some of its parks to help with the outbreak of COVID-19.

As of Monday, BarkWest Dog Park is temporarily closed, and Central Park and Veteran’s Park playground equipment is also closed indefinitely.

The playground at Jenks Veterans Park is been closed indefinitely as part of the City of Jenks’ measures to prevent further spread of the Coronavirus. Photo/Kyle Salomon

In the Facebook statement, the City of Jenks encouraged its citizens, who enjoy taking their dogs to BarkWest Dog Park, to utilize the open spaces at Central Park and Veterans Park during this time. All dogs must remain on a leash while they are in the parks.

The Jenks Skate Park and fishing docks at Veterans Park are still open.

The Facebook post also states, “Although, we want people to utilize the open spaces at our parks when needed, we strongly encourage practicing social distancing at all times. This means not gathering in groups larger than 10 people and maintaining at least six feet from other people other than those living in your home.”

Kyle Salomon

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