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Some city park amenities across Fayetteville will reopen Friday, while pools, splash pads and water parks across the state will be permitted to reopen at 50% capacity.

Fayetteville Parks and Recreation Director Connie Edmonston announced Thursday that several tennis courts, batting cages, marinas and other amenities will be permitted to reopen Friday with restrictions. These include the Wilson Park tennis courts, the Walker Park tennis courts, batting cages, handball/racquetball courts, horseshoe pits, and skate parks, the Lake Fayetteville Marina, the Lake Sequoyah Marina, the White River Park batting cages, and the Iams Dog Park at Bryce Davis Park.

The tennis courts will be open for singles play only, and will be reserved for those 65 and older from 7 to 8:30 a.m. daily. At both batting cage facilities, only two people will be allowed in each cage. Signs with social distancing guidelines will be posted at the handball court, horseshoe pits, skate park, dog park, and marinas.

Marina staff will be required to wear face coverings when serving customers. The Lake Fayetteville Marina bait shop will admit only one customer at a time, and customers are encouraged to wear face coverings while in the shop, Edmonston said in a press release.

The Walker Park restrooms will remain open. The Fayetteville Parks and Recreation Department office, the Yvonne Richardson Community Center, and all other currently shuttered park facilities will remain closed.

As city recreation amenities partially reopen, aquatic recreation facilities across the state will also be permitted to reopen in compliance with Arkansas Department of Health guidelines Friday. These include all types of recreational water facilities, including seasonal outdoor pools, indoor pools, splash pads, aquatic centers, commercial water parks, and swim beaches.

Facilities will be permitted to admit up to 50% of their approved bather capacity, and must screen employees for COVID-19 symptoms at the start of each employee’s shift.

Each facility’s management is required by ADH regulations to enforce physical distancing of six feet between everyone except family members in all areas. Slides, diving boards and other features requiring a queue must include markings six feet apart for those waiting in line to stand on.

All Fayetteville city pools and splash pads will remain closed until further notice, according to the City of Fayetteville.

Sarah Komar is a staff reporter for The Arkansas Traveler.

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