While 2020 proved to be a hugely challenging and sad year in our country’s history due to COVID-19, we at Hyland Hills are forging into the new year with resolute hope and optimism. Our staff has proven to be tenacious and is committed to continuing to do our part to help the community heal in 2021 by offering the full array of healthy recreational programming, athletics, facilities, and parks Hyland Hills is known for, when we are able to do so by official order.
While our optimism is tempered by the scale, dissemination, timing and promise of the new vaccines, when the time comes, Hyland Hills will be ready to provide the full operation of our Park and Recreation District with the quality you have come to expect. I am happy to share that our team has been successful in keeping a fierce maintenance pace and is proceeding with several planned projects that we are looking forward to presenting to you soon. Notably, all this has been accomplished amid staff shortages and adherence to official mandates that shut down many Hyland Hills programs, closed some facilities altogether, and vastly restricted participation in others. Each of these situations required new operational guidelines to be put in place and then communicated to our user groups, and we have done that as well.
Realistically, even with the emergence of anticipated vaccines, COVID-19 will likely continue to rage for several more months of terrible illness, hospitalizations, and death ahead of us. Therefore, I want to encourage all Hyland Hills Residents to please stay safe, heed official warnings and plan to get the vaccine as soon as you are able.
In the meantime, let us all continue to do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19 by always wearing a mask, washing hands, staying at least 6 feet from others and being aware of official mandates.
I need to mention also that through all the hardships of the past 9 months, our Hyland Hills Residents have shown incredible patience and understanding of closures and ever-changing operating schedules here at the District, and we appreciate the level of cooperation we have received from this generous community. On behalf of the Hyland Hills Board of Directors and staff, THANK YOU to everyone.
We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and look forward to bringing all our programs and facilities to you as soon as possible.