BY MARIE PULEO | POMPANO BEACH NEWS REPORTER
POMPANO BEACH PARKS- The City of Pompano Beach, as part of a coordinated effort with Broward County, Monroe, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties, has begun a phased reopening of its parks, golf courses and other recreational facilities to provide the community with opportunities for outdoor activities during the continuing coronavirus crisis.
An order issued by Pompano Beach Mayor Rex Hardin on Wednesday outlines which facilities have reopened under the first phase of the plan, and under what conditions.
POMPANO BEACH PARKS
Pompano Beach parks will be open from sunrise to sunset. Parkgoers are encouraged to use the parks for intervals of one to two hours for passive recreation such as walking, hiking, biking and jogging.
The parks remaining closed are Mitchell Moore Park, located at 901 NW 10 Street, because it is being used as a COVID-19 walk-up test site; Exchange Club Park; and Centennial Park. For now, the Canine Corner Dog Park remains closed, as well as the city’s aquatic centers.
All visitors to Pompano Beach parks must bring face coverings to wear, and are required to practice physical distancing of a minimum six feet.
Social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people are not allowed, and a minimum of 50 feet must be maintained between all groups.
No one is allowed to enter a park if they have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms.
The use of tennis, pickle ball or racquetball courts is allowed, but for single play only. Basketball courts can be used for individual play, but not for practices or games.
Walking and nature paths will be one-way, and guests must wear face coverings.
Certain park amenities remain closed, including barbecue grills, outdoor fitness equipment areas, playgrounds and play areas, picnic tables and pavilions, splash pads, sports fields and stables.
According to the mayor’s order, vehicle parking capacity in parks will be regulated, as needed, to adhere to social distancing guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
BSO officers, park rangers and park monitors will assist with the surveillance of all parks, to make sure parkgoers are complying with the protocols that have been put in place.
The Pompano Beach Tennis Center is open for single play only from 7am to sunset. Payments must be made with exact cash or credit cards only. There are signs on the office door stating face masks are required upon entering. An “X” has been placed on the floor so guests remain six feet apart when in front of the cashier window.
The Alsdorf Park public boat ramp will be open during the hours of 6am to 7pm.
As per a county order that took effect on Wednesday, only one boat per launch ramp is allowed at a time. No gathering of more than 10 people is allowed at any time during boat launch, during on-water time, and when removing the boat from the water.
Users of the boat ramp must practice social distancing and wear personal protective equipment, such as facial coverings and gloves.
THE PINES GOLF COURSE & PALMS GOLF COURSE
The Pompano Beach Pines Golf Course is now open every day, from 7am to sunset, with specific rules in place. The driving range and all practice areas remain closed.
The Palms Golf Course “front nine” will open for walking only (no carts) on Saturday, May 2.
Anyone using the Pines Golf Course must practice social distancing while checking in, and payment is via credit card only.
Tee times start at 7am, and walk-on players will be given the first available tee time.
One golfer per cart is allowed, but individuals residing at the same address can ride two per cart. The golf carts will be cleaned and disinfected after each round. No rakes, ball washers or sand buckets are allowed on golf carts.
At the end of each round, each player is responsible for removing all trash from the golf cart.
Removing flagsticks is not permitted, and no walking is allowed on the Pines course.
When the Palms Golf Course front nine reopen, all players will be required to book a tee time in advance and allow enough time for check-in with social distancing.
During the Palms Course closing, many of the greens were re-turfed. The front nine currently have seven temporary greens with holes 1 and 8 putting greens open as usual. Re-turfing of the entire Palms Course is expected to completed by late summer.
The city’s beaches remain closed due to a state order.
The provisions in the mayor’s order to reopen certain Pompano Beach parks and other recreational facilities are enforceable by the City’s law enforcement agency, as well as the City’s code enforcement officers.
For more information regarding COVID-19, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC) website