By R. Alan Richardson
In a letter and announcement from Morgan County Recreation Director, Lance Alexander, the MCRPS has decided to cancel all summer activities due to the threat of and concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the letter, all summer activities have been canceled due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic. This will include all youth baseball and softball, adult softball, Summer Day Camp, all youth sports camps, karate, clogging, and aquatics programs such as aerobics, swim team practices and events as well as swimming lessons.
Alexander said, “This is probably one of the most grueling decisions I’ve had to make when you take into account that recreation is the very thing that relieves the stress and brings about a certain amount of joy to people’s lives. This too shall pass and we will hit the ground running when this is all over.”
His letter stressed the importance of safeguarding the health of participants when dealing with team sports programs. “There are difficulties of running these programs that have such close interactions with social distancing guidelines as they are now,” the letter read.
Alexander was hopeful that fall activities and programs will reopen and go on as planned. He also issued an invitation to the community to visit the MCRPS website for information on future activities.
The letter and presentation also gave an overview of other venues and rules for using the facilities that are open to the public or that will be opening soon.
The Morgan County Aquatic Center is currently closed while undergoing renovations. The reopen date for the facility has been tentatively scheduled for approximately Aug. 1. One high note of positivity was mentioned as all parks, trails, and green spaces are open for the enjoyment and exercise of the community.
It was noted, however, that all playgrounds and the Community Building Gym will be closed until further notice.
Another high note in the letter is that the College Drive tennis courts will reopen for play May 11 with singles only matches allowed and social distancing guidelines in place. It was also stated that group rental facilities are unavailable until further notice.
The MCRPS Administrative Office will open to the public Tuesday, May 12 at 8:30 a.m. and resume normal operating hours. If you have questions concerning refunds or credit issues, requests can be made by calling 706-342-0588 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Alexander said, “We love all of you and hope to see you soon.”
You can see the letter in its entirety on the MCRPS Facebook page at Morgan County Parks and Recreation Services or visit their website at morgancountyga.gov/133/Parks-Recreation
There is also a video of Morgan County Recreation Director Lance Alexander reading the letter if you prefer an audio version.