South Miami City News & Updates
Jun 10, 2020 | Issue 11
City Parks stay the course with gradual-reopening plan
Life in the City of Pleasant Living is gradually getting back to normal, with a spooling up of various sports and recreation activities allowed to commence as of June 8 at parks throughout South Miami.
 
The City is following a three-phase strategy of re-openings that got underway April 29, with the initial relaxation of access to select parks for limited active and passive use.

This week’s launch of Phase II allows for reopening of dog parks, municipal pools, summer camps, and youth sports skills practice.

With a strong emphasis on safe and responsible strategies for park use, the reopening process will continue along slow and deliberate course, through the announcement of Phase III at some point in the future.

Mitigating Risk
This approach helps to mitigate the risk of resurgence of the virus and to protect park users and staff. Citizens and park employees must follow CDC/State Health Department guidelines such as:
 
  • Maintain social distancing (stay 6-feet apart).
  • Do not gather in groups over 10 people.
  • Employees and patrons must wear a face covering at all times while at a park – with the exception of children under the age of 2, persons who have trouble breathing due to a chronic pre-existing condition, or persons engaged in strenuous physical activity.

The City plan is in close accordance with a Miami-Dade County Emergency Order, allowing for reintroduction of specific park programs and facilities at this time, if conducted in conformance with their “Moving to A New Normal" handbook . All recommendations closely follow CDC, State, and County Health Department guidelines.
 
A quick overview of Phase II is as follows. Please note, however this is only a partial list. Residents are encouraged to review all the guidelines presently posted on the City of South Miami website :
 
Select Phase II Guidelines:
  • For limited active and passive use only, all open-space parks are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • The Senior Center remains closed.
  • Gibson-Bethel Community Center reopens June 15 for summer camp only.
  • Murray Park Aquatic Center reopens June 15 with capacity limited to 25% of rated pool capacity.
  • Use of the following is prohibited: Restrooms (Fuchs & Marshall Williamson); picnic shelters and gazebos; outdoor exercise equipment; playgrounds; splashpads; mechanical attractions, concessions.
  • Permitted limited passive use entails walking, jogging, cycling, nature walks on trails, quiet enjoyment of outdoors, or similar activity.
  • Permits required for organized activity in parks.
  • Small groups only (cohorts not more than 10 athletes/staff in total).
  • Observe adequate spacing (minimum of one person per 10 feet).
 
This list continues in great detail on restrictions to full training and sports competition, swimming rules, fitness classes, and more. Again, please visit the City website for complete details .

For information, contact Parks & Recreation via email or by calling 305-668-3876.