Kzoo Parks summer programs that were delayed due to COVID-19 are now scheduled to begin in late June and early July. Kzoo Parks is also in the process of preparing parks and park amenities to fully reopen to the public, which should be completed in June.
As parks, programs, and amenities reopen or resume, community members are advised to still be cautious and follow guidelines to protect themselves and others from COVID-19. Social distancing, frequent hand washing, staying home when you are sick, and coughing into your elbow are still necessary to prevent the spread of the disease in our community. Changes have been made to youth programs to limit group size and otherwise prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Kik Pool will remain closed, other parks and amenities reopening throughout June
Due to safety concerns and several other factors related to COVID-19, the Kik Pool will not open for the 2020 season. Scheduled improvements will take place this year and the pool will reopen in 2021.
Other options will be available to help Kalamazoo residents and families stay cool this summer. Woods Lake Park Beach will reopen starting June 15, and the Florence Street Splash Pad will reopen June 12 once improvements are completed. Splash pad improvements include two new water features and a new rubberized surface.
All city parks are currently open for limited use, and hands-on park equipment will be reopened June 15. Hands-on equipment will not be regularly sanitized so park users are encouraged to utilize hand sanitizer and take precautions when using this equipment.
Tennis & pickleball courts and skate plazas are open, and rims are currently being reinstalled in basketball courts, which will be completed on or before June 19. Municipal golf courses and clubhouses have already reopened.
Picnic pavilions will be available starting June 22. Park restrooms will be among the last features to be reopened, currently scheduled for June 29.
Rescheduled programs begin in June and July
Summer youth development programs have also been rescheduled and will start in late June or early July. MyCITY Summer Youth Employment program will start June 22, and All Things Possible and Super Rec will start July 6. Programs will be adjusted to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep participants safe. Registration for Super Rec and All Things Possible opens on Monday, June 15.
Adult softball leagues will start on July 6. Registration is currently open.
Lunchtime Live! will return to Bronson Park on Fridays starting June 12 and run through September 4. Community members are encouraged to grab lunch and find a spot in the park to enjoy while maintaining distance from others. There will not be live music through at least June, although music will be played in the park. Registration is currently open for both food truck vendors (on South Street) and vendors located within the park.
Information on all Kzoo Parks programs is available at www.kzooparks.org.