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Posted on: April 24, 2020

Recreation Programs Cancellation Notice Follow-Up

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The City of Arden Hills has received questions regarding the cancellation of its spring and summer Parks and Recreation programs. Below is additional information regarding the cancellation of recreational leagues, programs and events.

The city has been monitoring public health data and impacts being shared by the Governor and Minnesota Department of Health regarding COVID-19 since mid-March with regards to potential impacts to city recreation programs. Virus transmission scenarios previously shared by Governor Walz predicted the epidemic peak to occur in early July, with additional public health and safety measures necessary well into July or August.  

Based on information and social distancing recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control, the City Council determined that spring and summer programming could pose unnecessary health risks for participants and staff and programs should be cancelled.  

The decision to cancel programming allows residents to begin making alternate plans, including families who may use the city’s summer programs for summer daycare needs. After considering State and CDC recommendations, it became apparent that offering recreation programs on a smaller scale in an effort to ensure proper social distancing would likely not be feasible while attempting to ensure the safety and program experience for customers. Many programs involve gatherings of more than 10 people, close proximity of participants, and use of shared equipment.

In addition, the city typically begins seasonal hiring in early March, as well as the recruiting of coaches for each of the sport league offerings.  By making the decision to cancel programs early, those seasonal staff and coaches are able to seek other summer employment or volunteer opportunities that may be available. 

The decision to cancel spring and summer recreational programs was difficult, but it was made by the City Council and in an effort to ensure the health and safety of our community members, participants, their families, and staff. The Council will closely monitor available COVID-19 information with the hope of resuming recreation programs this fall.

 

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