EAST PALESTINE, Ohio (The Morning Journal) — East Palestine opened some aspects of its park last week, starting its multi-phase process to reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a newsletter, Village Manager Mark McTursty said the public will have access to one bathroom, which is closest to the path up to the dog park.
The bathroom will be open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will be cleaned at least three times a day.
McTrustry said they have reopened the tennis court for tennis and pickleball games. People are still asked to stay home if they’re sick and to maintain social distancing.
The tennis courts can have up to four players per court and a coach per court, for a total of 20 people.
According to The Morning Journal, many East Palestine residents are critical of the village’s cautious approach, but McTrustry believes that they are taking the right steps.
The Rainbow Dreamland playground will remain closed along with the other playgrounds in the park. The other playgrounds are expected to reopen when given the OK from Governor DeWine.
The park is still working out plans for pavilion rentals.