Playgrounds and ball fields reopen in Morristown

Two months after Morristown playgrounds, ballfields and other outdoor facilities closed to flatten the curve and help reduce the spread of COVID-19, Morristown officials announced Wednesday afternoon that some of these areas are reopening.

“Today we are delighted to announce that park facilities are reopening and hope that you can get out and enjoy them in a responsible way,” city officials said in the announcement. “We are following the guidelines from Governor Lee’s Tennessee Pledge.”

The following are now open:

• Shelter and Pavilions – Reservations of shelters and/or pavilions shall resume. Groups shall not exceed 50 individuals. Guidelines established by the CDC shall be followed. Although periodic cleaning will be conducted, users of the shelters and pavilions assume all risks associated with use.

• Playgrounds – Playgrounds will be open for use. Users of the playgrounds assume all risks associated with use. The park equipment is not sanitized between uses.

• Ballfields – Ballfields are open to use for baseball and softball as being recognized as a noncontact sport under the Tennessee Pledge. Organized games and/or tournaments are not permitted at this time.

• Tennis Courts – Tennis Courts are open as tennis is recognized as a noncontact sport under the Tennessee Pledge.

• Skate Park and BMX Track – The Skate Park and BMX Track are open and recognized as a noncontact sport under the Tennessee Pledge.

• The Rotary Disc Golf Course located at Frank Lorino Park and Kiwanis Disc Golf Course located at Wayne Hansard Park are open to the public. No groups larger than four (4) players per hole are permitted.

• Morristown Dog Park-Jaycee Field and Wayne Hansard Dog Park are open to the public.

• All trails and walking tracks are open.

For the time being, the following facilities remain closed:

• Talley Ward Recreational Center.

• Splash Pad – The Rotary Splash Pad located at Fred Miller Park will remain closed.

• Basketball Courts – All basketball courts remain closed for use as a contact sport as defined by the Tennessee Pledge.

• Soccer Fields – All soccer fields remain closed for use as a contact sport as defined by the Tennessee Pledge.

• All other contact sports as defined by the Tennessee Pledge.