Sadly one of the many tough decisions we had to make during this COVID-19 pandemic crisis was the closure of all city parks.
Initially our teams blocked the entrance with tape, but many people did not get the message and broke through. We did not make this decision to be mean to anyone. People need to say six feet apart and not gather in groups. We want to avoid the spread of this disease. If you bring some young kids to play on the swings, the particularly young ones will not understand the need to avoid playing with others their age.
Bravo to Beatrice Newman and her Public Works teams who spent the past week installing steel fences around the actual playground areas. In my district that covers two parks - Rembrandt and Isadore Goldberg.
Difficult decisions must be made. The city has cancelled its large garage sale and the ceremonial opening of Wiffle Ball Field for the end of May. Soon we will have to look at summer camp, Canada Day, the Golf Classic and other scheduled events. It is not looking promising that life will return to normal anytime soon. We could be sequestered to our homes for several months. If someone told me today that we would be able to loosen social distancing on July 1 I would probably accept that.
We just must wait and see.