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
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