Bethel Parks & Recreation Cancels All Summer Programming for 2020; Includes Closing Parks, Camps, Playgrounds and More

Report by Paula Antolini, May 18, 2020, 12:55M EDT

In a letter released on May 18, 2020 from Eileen T. Earle, Director Parks and Recreation, she announced Bethel Parks & Recreation is Cancelling All Summer Programming for 2020. The letter to parents and guardians reads:

“Due to the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation and after consulting with the parks association and health department, our Parks and Recreation Department has made the extremely tough decision to cancel all summer programming for 2020. This includes:
 Summer Playground Camps
 Basketball Camp
 Baseball Camp
 Tennis Camps and lessons
 Skyhawks
 US Sports
 Tuesday Night Soccer
 Summer Theatre Program
 Firecracker Road Race

“We are very sad we have to cancel our camps but we will be working hard to provide you with alternate programming. Some ideas are: Zoom camp activities and bingo, virtual theater programs with ERA Productions. Also look for a survey which will be out shortly.

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“Also closed are:
 Playgrounds
 The dog park is closed until at least Phase two or three of reopening.
 All fields and BMX remain closed until at least July 20, details to follow.
 Organized Youth Sports, BMX Racing and Adult leagues are cancelled till August.
 Tennis Courts will tentatively reopen June 6 with single play only. For further guidelineslook at USTA.

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“All the Parks and the School Complex will remain open with social distancing.

“We are following the Governor’s Re-Open plans to gradually re-open as it is safe to do so. We expect changes to occur over the coming months and will update you as new guidance from the Governor and health department are received.”