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Pike County Parks and Recreation Authority Closes Park to Public Access and Postpones Opening Day

ZEBULON - The Pike County Parks and Recreation Authority (PCPRA) released a notification tonight that the park including the walking track, playground, and ball fields are now closed to public access. Opening Day is also postponed indefinitely at this time. The following is a copy of the letter that was released to the public this evening:

It is the goal of the Pike County Parks and Recreation Authority (PCPRA) to provide our community with activities that promote the practice of healthy behavior. Given our current State of Emergency, the PCPRA must base its decisions on expert guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), strongly considering that the CDC is the leading authority on promoting the practice of healthy behavior.

Taking into consideration School Closure, County Public Office Closure, and in accordance with CDC recommendations, effective immediately and until further notice, all PCPRA grounds are closed to public access. Grounds include ballfields, playgrounds, parking lots, and walking track. The PCPRA Board unanimously voted this be done in an effort to prevent gatherings that could potentially rise above CDC recommendations.

By unanimous vote, Opening Day has been indefinitely postponed. At this time, the PCPRA is not committed to any start-back date. We want to play ball. We want our community to be together and celebrate together. We will continue to coordinate with USSSA, the Umpire’s Association, Coaches, and Parents in a way that will allow us to open our park and play ball as soon as the CDC provides a recommendation that warrants moving forward. When the CDC says go, our goal is to be ready.

As PCPRA Chair, I promise we are committed to being diligent and transparent. We do not take lightly that our community depends on us to make hard decisions. Personally, today’s decision hurts my heart. I know the kids want to play. Frankly, I can’t wait to get back out there to coach them up. However, I do whole-heartedly believe, in due time, we will celebrate in victory a lot louder than we will cry in defeat.

On behalf of the PCPRA,
Christopher D. Childress
Chair, Pike County Parks and Recreation

Submitted 3.20.20