City playgrounds reopened for use

City-owned playgrounds in Thompson officially reopened for public use May 26 after council passed a resolution to that effect at their meeting the previous evening.

“The rec director wanted me to pass on that the skatepark and Lowery Park do require some work so those’ll be a little slower to open but everything else should be open immediately,” said city manager Anthony McInnis. “There will still be restrictions on how the parks can be used and there’ll be special signage put up in the parks letting people know how they’re sanitized and how to use them. Social distancing is still in effect.”

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The issue at the skatepark was the presence of broken glass.

“One of our staff will have to go out there and clean that glass up,” said McInnis.

“I’d ask the public to continue to use common sense and be safe and social distance and hand sanitize as we move through the opening of some of our facilities including our playgrounds,” said Coun. Kathy Valentino.

Council voted to close the parks April 13 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic after their insurance provider told them the city’s insurance policy wouldn’t apply to the playground structures if notices weren’t put up identifying them as closed.

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