Meridian closes playgrounds to help slow the spread

Posted at 11:11 AM, Mar 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-24 13:11:37-04

MERIDIAN, Idaho — In an effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19, Meridian is closing playgrounds and outdoor exercise equipment effective immediately. Other areas of parks and pathways currently remain open to the public. Skate parks also remain open at this time.

“With schools closed and residents staying home as much as possible, our parks and open spaces provide an important relief during these stressful times. People are still welcome to walk, run, bike, fish and relax in our parks,” said Parks and Recreation Director Steve Siddoway.

Playgrounds and outdoor exercise equipment will remain closed until further notice. Passive activities in open space can continue with the proper precautions.

“We encourage everyone to use social distancing, avoid gatherings of more than 10 people, remember to wash your hands often, and please follow CDC guidelines,” said Siddoway, “Residents must take social distancing guidelines to heart – it could save someone’s life. If we all do our part, we will get through this together.”

Closures will take effect immediately and Parks and Recreation Staff will work in coming days to post signage and educate the public.

For coronavirus updates, visit the City of Meridian's website.