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Owensboro Parks and Rec closing facilities, suspending sports leagues

October 10, 2020 | 12:09 am

Updated October 9, 2020 | 11:31 pm

Graphic by Owensboro Times

Owenboro Parks and Recreation announced Friday the closure of facilities, as well as the suspension of sports leagues, through at least Oct. 18. The move comes due to Daviess County moving into the Red Zone of the state’s COVID-19 map.

Parks and Rec officials said they consulted with Green River District Health Department Director Clay Horton in making the decision. The situation will be re-evaluated Oct. 19.

The following facilities will be closed:

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  • Edge Ice Center (no public sessions, ice skating lessons, private rentals, drop-in hockey and drop-in figure skating)
  • Dugan Best Recreation Center (no open hours or rentals)
  • Fall Adult Softball League at Kentucky Legend Fields at Jack C. Fisher Park
  • Fall Adult Volleyball League at Owensboro Parks and Recreation Administrative Center

The KHSAA Youth Sports Guidelines recommends no contest or practice be held during the seven-day period in communities following the move into red status.

As such, all sports organizations under a contract or agreement to use City facilities are required to follow these guidelines, and will not play or practice through Oct. 18. Return to play/practice will be determined by the rate of positive tests the morning of Oct. 19.

The following organizations are in this group:

  • Western Cal Ripken Fall Baseball League
  • Eastern Cal Ripken Fall Baseball League
  • United Soccer, Thompson Berry Park
  • Owensboro Catholic High Soccer, Thompson Berry Park
  • Owensboro Daviess County Youth Football, Waymond Morris Football Complex
  • Owensboro Youth Hockey, Edge Ice Center
  • Owensboro Figure Skating Club, Edge Ice Center

Outdoor parks, playgrounds, golf courses and sports areas (tennis courts, pickleball courts) shall remain open.

October 10, 2020 | 12:09 am

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