BY MARIE PULEO | LIGHTHOUSE POINT NEWS REPORTER
The City of Lighthouse Point announced today that Dan Wit Park will reopen on Friday, June 12, with certain restrictions. The City also has tentative plans to hold summer camp at Dan Witt Park in July.
Dan Witt Park is the last of the city’s parks to reopen after being closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. It will be open during daylight hours only.
All parkgoers must practice physical distancing of a minimum six feet, except between members of the same household. Facial coverings must be worn at all times when physical distancing cannot be maintained, other than while exercising or engaged in vigorous activity.
The playgrounds, basketball courts, volleyball court and exercise area remain closed. Only City-approved sports training with cleats will be allowed.
No group gatherings of more than 10 people will be allowed in any area of the park, and a minimum of 50 feet must be maintained between all groups.
Use of the tennis courts will be limited to a maximum of four people on the court at any one time.
The City tentatively plans to hold summer camp at Dan Witt Park from July 6 to July 31, according to Recreation Director Becky Lysengen.
Although it’s not certain at this time how many children will be able to participate, children will be kept in groups of nine or less plus a counselor.
Participants will be required to practice social distancing, and will need to wear facial coverings when not in active play.
The tentative summer camp hours are Monday to Friday, 8am-11am for grades 1 through 4, and 12pm-3pm for grades 5 through 8. No field trips or outside vendors will be permitted. Prior to the coronavirus outbreak, the City had originally planned a longer, all-day summer camp session.
For now, there are no open spots available for the summer camp, since priority is being given to parents who registered their children in February, said Lysengen.
DeGroff Park in Lighthouse Point reopened for passive uses on April 30. Frank McDonough Park has remained open, with restrictions.
Exchange Club Park, which is located in Pompano Beach, but jointly operated and maintained by Pompano Beach and Lighthouse Point, reopened on June 1.
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