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Facilities Update from Mayor Norton - May 14, 2020

Post Date:05/14/2020 3:27 PM

May 14 Facilities Update

The City of Smyrna continues to be cautious in how we approach services and activities in these constantly changing times, always processing current data and keeping the health of our citizens and staff first and foremost in any decision made.  I want to take an opportunity to provide an update regarding city facilities.

Earlier this week the Governor issued a 30-page Executive Order which, among other things, extended the shelter in place for citizens over age 65 and the medically fragile and continued to prohibit groups of more than 10 people except in specific circumstances and with specific orders and guidelines.

The City of Smyrna has left passive parks open to the public throughout this health crisis, with gathering places and play equipment closed, and that will not change currently.  We will however be making the following changes to parks and recreation facility access:

  • All sports fields will open tomorrow, Friday May 15.Dugouts and other gathering places will remain closed.No team games or practices are allowed, and no gatherings of more than ten people are allowed, but this will allow a parent and child to pitch and hit on the fields, for example.Everyone must exercise strict social distancing of at least six feet. PLEASE adhere to the Governor’s orders and help us keep these facilities open.
  • All restroom facilities at sports fields will open Monday, May 18 and will be cleaned and sanitized multiple times per day by our Parks and Recreation staff.Please continue to wash your hands often.
  • Tennis courts and restroom facilities at Tolleson Park and Rose Garden Park will open Wednesday, May 20.Restrooms will be sanitized multiple times per day. Court reservations may be made beginning Monday, May 18 by calling the Community Center.
  • Both Lake Court and Burger Park Dog Parks and restroom facilities will also open Wednesday, May 20.Restrooms will be sanitized multiple times per day.
  • Restrooms at Taylor Brawner Park will open Monday, May 18 and will be cleaned and sanitized multiple times per day.
  • (Update 5/18/2020)  After communicating with 11,000 patrons and testing a Curbside Holds Pickup system on Monday, May 18, the Library is offering Curbside Holds Pickup. Place items on hold with your library card and pick up when ready. Instructions may be found at 

    https://www.smyrnaga.gov/your-government/departments/curbside-pickup-service

Tolleson pool and the Wolfe Center will remain closed at this time, and all City buildings will remain closed to the public, except for the drive-through window at City Hall.  Our staff continues to provide all essential services and have been outstanding in this challenging environment.

City staff will begin reporting back on staggered shifts Monday, May 18 with appropriate health precautions including social distancing, temperature screenings, face coverings, and increased disinfection of workspaces.  This will enable staff to prepare city buildings for public access when it is safe to reopen those facilities.  No date has been set for buildings to open to the public.

Your City Council has been meeting virtually for weeks, and we will have our first in-person council meeting Monday May 18 in the large gym in the Smyrna Community Center.  The gym will allow extra space for social distancing for Council and the public.  All attendees are required to be temperature checked upon entry, must have a face covering, and must adhere to social distancing guidelines.  Chairs for public seating have been appropriately spaced.  The podium will be set up for public comment and will be sanitized after each speaker.  We will leave the gym set up for future meetings including Planning and Zoning and License and Variance meetings and hearings.  The gym will be cleaned and sanitized after each meeting. 

Thank you for your cooperation as we get through this with a thoughtful and incremental approach.  Please follow the Governor’s orders – no gatherings of 10 or more, wear face coverings especially in enclosed public settings such as grocery stores, wash your hands often, and exercise strict social distancing of at least six feet. 

I am proud of this community – I’ve seen people in the parks, on the green downtown watching the Blue Angels fly over, in the Smyrna Market Village on Cinco de Mayo and other beautiful days - and you are being careful and social distancing.  And that’s what it will take for us to get through this and put the pandemic in our rearview mirror.  So please continue to exercise caution in your interactions with others, and we will all get through this together.  Stay safe y’all.  #SmyrnaStrong

-Derek

 

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