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Town of West Hartford Temporarily Closes Playscapes and Basketball Courts

Playscapes at town parks and schools, like this one at Smith STEM School, are temporarily closed due to COVID-19. Courtesy photo

The Town of West Hartford has closed public access to playgrounds and basketball courts at schools as well as town parks.

Basketball courts at town parks and schools are temporarily closed due to COVID-19, with wood blocks covering the hoops. Courtesy photo

By Ronni Newton

In an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, playscapes and basketball courts at both West Hartford Public Schools and municipal facilities are temporarily closed to the public.

“Due to public health concerns, we have closed the playscapes and basketball courts,” Town Manager Matt Hart said Wednesday in an email to We-Ha.com. “The parks and fields remain open subject to my executive order limiting groups to no more than 10 and the social distancing guidelines.”

In addition to fields and trails on school and town property, tennis courts and pickleball courts remain open, Hart said.

Other town facilities, including the libraries and senior centers, as well as school buildings, have been closed since earlier in the month.

“We have put notice at our school playscapes that they are closed for the safety of our residents,” Superintendent of Schools Tom Moore said in an email. The public is still permitted to walk around on school grounds, he said.

“We recognize, appreciate and value the benefits of being outdoors and maintaining physical activity while we are staying home,” the town said in a news release Wednesday night. “It is critical to the health of our community that people visiting these spaces follow the CDC guidance by maintaining physical distance of 6 feet with people other than those you live with and not congregating in groups. If we are unable to manage compliance with these guidelines, these facilities will need to be closed. … #besafe #stayhome.”

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A sign in front of the tennis courts at Conard High School requests that those who use the courts follow social distancing guidelines. Playscapes at town parks and schools are temporarily closed due to COVID-19. Courtesy photo

Playscapes at town parks and schools are temporarily closed due to COVID-19, with signage posted like this one at Bugbee Elementary School. Courtesy photo

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