Highland Park pool to remain close for summer; City facilities to slowly open as allowed

The Highland Park pool will remain closed for the season due to the ongoing concerns with COVID-19. Other City facilities are and will be slowly opening up as the governor’s Open Up and Recover Safely (OURS) plan allows.

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City leaders were unable to determine when the pool could be open and if it were to open how much of the season would remain.

The pool season generally opens early June or late May and closes mid-August.

Phase 1 of the OURS plan, which remains on course for May 15, allows up to 10 people per field, court or stadium. If Phase 2 begins on May 15, groups will be limited to 50 people.

For those organizing sporting practices, including youth baseball and softball leagues, they can consider staggering their practice days to ensure social distancing and limiting the sharing of equipment between non-household members.

Guthrie Little League Baseball is expecting to begin practices on May 15 and start playing games in June.

Select outdoor amenities at City parks that have space for physical distancing and single-use activities that limit equipment sharing remain open using CDC sanitation and disinfecting protocols and social distancing guidelines. These are inclusive of but not limited to:

  • Walking trails
  • Fishing
  • Bicycling
  • Boating at lakes
  • Open Green Space Horseshoes
  • Tennis courts- single/individual use – practicing skills as an individual or playing with a member of household.
  • Basketball courts- single/individual use – shooting hoops by oneself or with household members.
  • Disc golf course – limited to individual up to a foursome on each hole. No tournaments

The City will continue to close off amenities that are frequently touched by multiple people including:

  • Playgrounds
  • Public Restrooms
  • Splash Pads
  • Skate Parks
  • Pavilions/Shelters
  • Drinking Fountains

Phase 3 of the OURS plan is scheduled to begin June 1. However, details have not been revealed by the governor’s office. City officials say depending on that specific plan, the closed off amenities could begin opening back up.

2 Comments on "Highland Park pool to remain close for summer; City facilities to slowly open as allowed"

  1. You’re so busy planning on ‘dying’ that you’ve forgotten how to live. I guess you don’t trust the sun or the chlorine. Why not just empty the pool and fill it up. Makes about as much sense as what your doing. SMH

  2. Kimberly C. | May 28, 2020 at 2:13 am | Reply

    “Highland Park pool to remain close for summer; City facilities to slowly open as allowed”: The headline should be enough for the higher IQ’s to stay away from Guthrie. Even the local writers cannot get the headline right. “close”? or “closed”? SMH And what do you mean by “allowed”? The spineless cowards on the Council should resign immediately for declaring unConstitutional “orders” on the citizens of Guthrie. And, for all of you masktards out there…IF this was a real pandemic virus, your little paper or handmade cloth masks would not protect you. It is called logical and critical thinking people…look it up. Every business in Guthrie with their little mask required signs will never receive our business again, including Magnolia.

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