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Posted on: March 23, 2020

Residents Encouraged to Use Parks Safely

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The City of Derby supports the safe use of parks and open spaces during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) flagged mental health as a top concern associated with the COVID-19 outbreak. Social distancing may take a toll on an individual’s mental health, especially during times of high stress and anxiety. Parks provide a connection to the outdoors and green space as well as opportunities for physical activity, which studies demonstrate reduces stress and improves mental health.

Parks, trails and open spaces can continue to be used in a safe manner that allows people to enjoy the mental and physical health benefits these spaces provide. Here are our recommendations for park use:

  • Refrain from using parks or trails if you are not feeling well (fever, cough, flu-like symptoms).
  • Observe the CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of six feet from other individuals at all times. If this is not possible, find an alternate location or go home.
  • Follow the CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to and during use of parks or trails.
  • Please note public restrooms and water fountains at Derby’s parks are closed.
  • While there are playgrounds at most of our parks, they are not cleaned or sanitized between uses. Use of playground equipment is discouraged.
  • While on trails, warn other users of your presence as you pass, and step aside to let others pass

“These are difficult times,” said Kathy Sexton, City Manager. “And difficult times can be made better with fresh air and sunshine, enjoying nature, and taking a walk in a socially responsible manner.”

View a list of all Derby parks and their features at DerbyKS.com/parks. More tips for safe park usage from the National Recreation and Park Association can be found at nrpa.org.

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