Fayetteville to reopen tennis courts, marinas, skate park and other parks amenities

Photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer

Fayetteville officials announced that several parks amenities would soon reopen with certain guidelines and limitations.

All parks amenities were closed in March because of COVID-19.

Mayor Lioneld Jordan said residents should still remain vigilant about preventing the spread of the virus as more locations across the community begin to reopen to the public.

“I know so many people in Fayetteville are anxious to start enjoying everything our parks have to offer,” Jordan said. “We are beginning to slowly and thoughtfully reopen park amenities over time, and I urge everyone to stay vigilant about protecting themselves and others from COVID-19. We are not through this pandemic yet. Please wear a mask when you are visiting public places, especially if it’s difficult to maintain social distancing. Wash or sanitize your hands often. If you have symptoms, please stay home and contact your health care provider. Let’s keep working together to drive down case numbers and keep our community healthy.”

Officials said the city will take a “cautious and slow approach” to reopening other amenities facilities, with decisions based on daily analysis of current COVID-19 information and Fayetteville’s unique needs. Signs will be posted with social distancing guidelines that should be maintained while using the amenities.

The following parks amenities will reopen on Friday, May 22:

  • Wilson Park Tennis Courts – The courts will be open for singles play only. Courts are reserved from 7-8:30 a.m. for senior citizen use (ages 65 and older).
  • Walker Park Tennis Courts, Batting Cages, Handball/Racquetball Court, Horseshoe Pits, Skate Park – Just like at Wilson Park, the courts will be open for singles play only, and are reserved for senior citizens from 7-8:30 a.m. Only two people are permitted per batting cage.
  • Lake Fayetteville Marina and Lake Sequoyah Marina – Customers should wear face coverings in the bait shop. Sneeze guards are installed at public counters, and hand sanitizer is available for public use. Staff and contractors must wear face coverings when working with customers. The bait shop will admit only one person at a time. Symptomatic persons will not be admitted to the bait shop. Additionally, the city will continue its waiver of fishing permit fees for city lakes until further notice.
  • White River Batting Cages – Only two people permitted per batting cage.
  • Bryce Davis Iams Dog Park – Check signs for social distancing guidelines.