Liberty Township, Powell: Parks' amenities reopen, with guidelines

JIM FISCHER
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Jordan Lorbach, 21, hones his skateboarding skills June 8 at Powell's Adventure Park on Village Park Drive. The city of Powell opened its playgrounds, basketball courts, soccer fields, baseball diamonds and shelters June 10. The city's splash pad remains closed.

Fields, shelters, playgrounds and courts at parks throughout Liberty Township and the city of Powell are now open.

Use is not without health guidelines, but Liberty Township administrator Mike Schuiling said the process of making outdoor spaces available for public use has gone smoothly since the parks reopened June 2.

"The biggest thing is cleaning, especially keeping the bathrooms clean per guidelines," Schuiling said.

Additionally, he said, leagues and teams that are using fields must sign a waiver stating they will abide by social-distancing standards, dugout protocols and other procedures.

Water fountains remain turned off, Schuiling said, so he recommends that anyone using the parks make sure to bring drinks with them.

Shelter reservations may be made by calling the township offices, limited to groups of 10 or fewer, he said.

Schuiling said being able to have the parks open will mitigate the loss of some revenue the township normally would have realized due to rental fees, shelter rentals and the like.

During the June 1 virtual meeting of the township trustees, fiscal officer Rick Karr reported a loss of more than $40,000 during the closure.

"We use that revenue to keep the parks up and running, so this helps with that, but the most important thing is to be open and to be able to serve the community," Schuiling said.

The city of Powell also opened more of its outdoor spaces recently, according to city spokeswoman Megan Canavan.

Playgrounds, basketball courts, soccer and baseball fields and shelters opened June 10, Canavan said. The city's splash pad remains closed.

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