Due to concerns surrounding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and in line with city, county, state and federal guidelines and recommendations, the following facilities within the Chillicothe Parks System will close effective immediately to public use until further notice:

Playgrounds/fitness equipment; Shelter houses; and Restroom facilities.

The decision to issue this executive order from Mayor Theresa Kelly was made after input from the public, city officials, law enforcement as well as other communities in similar circumstances, a press release announcing the order said.

Chillicothe Parks Director Josh Norris stated, “This decision was a difficult one to make. But after observing the number of individuals in the park over the weekend especially in the playground areas, it seems like the right thing to do at this time. We encourage families to get outside, take in fresh air and sunshine and add physical activity to their routines. Walking trails and other areas of the parks will remain open at this time however, we just ask that individuals follow strictly the guidelines of “social distancing” set in place by our local and county officials.”

Mayor Kelly added, “We know that closing playgrounds during this time will have an impact on our local families, but we also believe that this action is the right one to take at this time to help slow down the potential spreading of this disease within our community.”

Walking trails and other sports/recreation facilities will continue to remain open to the public at this time to benefit the physical and mental health of the community. As a reminder, social distancing is key to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please use parks wisely with members of your own household but maintain at least six feet between other people.

“We look forward to reopening our beautiful park system as soon as it is safe to do so,” the order reads.

For more information, call City Hall at 660-646-1877 or the Parks Office at 660-646-4424.