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Executive - Press Release

Posted on: March 24, 2020

County Executive Meyer closes playgrounds and basketball courts at county parks

New Castle, DE – New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer announced today that beginning immediately, parks staff will begin closures of amenities in key regional New Castle County parks.

Those parks include:

  • Paper Mill Park (removal of basketball rims, installation of fencing around playground)
  • Delcastle Recreational Park (removal of basketball rims, installation of fencing around playground)
  • Glasgow Park (removal of basketball rims, installation of fencing around playground, closed High 5 playground)
  • Banning Regional Park (installation of fencing around playground)
  • Edgemoor Gardens Park (fenced in basketball courts will be locked)
  • Greenbank Park (fenced in basketball courts will be locked)
  • Talley Day Park (installation of fencing around playground)
  • High 5 Park will be locked

All neighborhood parks, courts and sports fields are closed until further notice.

With the potential spread of COVID-19, parks are only for individual or small group recreation and gatherings of 10 or more are prohibited. This order comes as a result of the past weekend where several large groups congregated.

“Our one goal is public safety. Please continue to use our parks for walking, jogging, bike riding and other activities consistent with the public health guidance we are all receiving,” said County Executive Meyer. “Our county can and will continue to do everything possible to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.”

Parks will remain open and guests are encouraged to use hiking and biking trails, jogging paths, and other activities where social distancing can be observed.

New Castle County residents should call the New Castle County police department’s non-emergency line at 302-573-2800 to report large gatherings at county parks and facilities and at private residences. New Castle County police will also increase park patrol.

New Castle County sponsored events, tours, leagues, senior programming and other events remain canceled. Libraries remain closed as well.

“We are all in this together,” said County Executive Meyer. “Do your part to flatten the curve. Stay home. Practice social distancing and good hygiene. Look out for the most vulnerable among us. We will make it through this stronger.”

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