Dear Friends of the Park,
On May 18, the Community Park Association Board met virtually to discuss how to navigate these unchartered waters. We know everyone is anxious to learn the status of the park and pool, and we are so grateful to the over 600 people who responded to our survey. Your feedback helped us understand how comfortable you would all feel in visiting the park and using the amenities under the current circumstances. After careful consideration, and following the Reopening Guidelines from the PRPS (Pennsylvania Recreation & Park Society), the decisions below were made while Butler County is in the Yellow Phase:
Pool – Our next board meeting will be held on Monday, June 15. If Governor Wolf has not declared at that time that our county will be moving into the Green Phase, the pool will remain closed for the season. If we do move into the Green Phase and the pool opens, it will be done with strict social distancing and limited attendance. We appreciate all of the suggestions and feedback you provided on keeping our pool safe and ensuring patrons are properly distanced.
If we move from the Green to the Yellow or Red Phases at any time, the pool will close for the remainder of the season. We will provide information on refunds or credits for next year once the final decision is made.
Shelters – The shelters are available to rent for gatherings of under 25 people.
Additional amenities – The playground, skatepark, tennis courts, and basketball courts remained closed at this time. These must remain closed under state guidelines.
Trails remain open with six feet social distancing.
Events – The Summer Concert Series and Movies in the Park are currently on hold until we move out of the Yellow Phase.
Unfortunately, Big Truck Day and Zelie on Tap have been canceled for 2020. While we are disappointed that we cannot host these events, these decisions were made based on safety guidelines for event size and survey feedback on your comfort level. Please know that we are working on new creative programming and fundraising activities and will provide more information as it becomes available.
These are certainly not easy decisions to make, but we worked hard to find a balance of health and safety precautions while still filling the desire of our park enthusiasts. Thank you for understanding, thank you for supporting us, and thank you for helping us to make our park a great place!
The Community Park Association Board