CHARDON — While playgrounds, workout stations, baseball fields and pickleball courts are currently open at the city’s outdoor recreation areas, the volleyball and basketball courts and the skate park will be closed until further notice, Recreation Director Adam Rogers said during a Monday meeting.

Mr. Rogers announced the latest recreational openings and closures in his report at the most recent Zoom meeting of the Chardon Park and Recreation Board, where he also said facility rentals will remain closed as part of Gov. Mike DeWine’s mandate due to the coronavirus pandemic. One activity that took place is the day camp program that ended July 15, he said.

“We had to drastically change our day camp” he said. “We usually get about 70 kids. We had to reduce it down to two counselors and eight children to stay under the [statewide] group of 10 mandate.”

The park board held two separate sessions of day camp, he said, allowing 16 children to register. Fewer children took part this summer compared to years past, he added.

“This city website has a list of all available facilities and programs,” he added. “If playgrounds open we post that on there so residents can have access to see what we’re doing.”

Mr. Rogers also noted that planning for the upcoming fall and winter programs promises to be a big challenge because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s hard to plan a class,” he explained, “when you don’t know what class sizes are going to be,” he said. “Play it day by day, that’s all we can do.”

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