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City of Redding will close park playgrounds for safety reasons

Parks in Redding remain open, but the city says it will be closing the playgrounds starting Monday, April 6th.

Posted: Apr 5, 2020 6:13 PM

REDDING, Calif.- Parks in Redding remain open, but the city says it will be closing the playgrounds starting Monday, April 6th.

City officials say this is for safety reasons. They says park staff aren't able to keep up maintenance, cleaning or sanitizing the playgrounds between each use.

The city of Redding still encourages people to go outdoors but wants people to keep their distance as well as bring their own hand sanitizer, wipes, and exercise equipment.

“It’s hard to keep it clean, but it’s too bad for the kids because it’s going to be a long time until they can do anything," says Annette Williams, who lives in Redding. "I know a lot of them use this bike trail over here or course, so maybe they can do that." 

“I think it’s good because that means kids can’t be playing with other kids and spreading the virus," says Michael Meier, who lives in Redding.

The city says people shouldn't use water fountains, tables, benches, or handrails at any of the parks to reduce exposure.

Park restrooms will remain open, but will not be cleaned everyday. 
 

The city says parks could be closed entirely, if people do not follow the guidelines. 

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