Borough Taking Precautionary Measures with Playground Equipment
Due to the growing impact of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Carlisle Borough is taking precautionary measures with respect to playground equipment within its public parks. The Borough’s park system is comprised of eighteen parks, nine of which, house playground equipment located at: LeTort, Biddle Mission, Lindner, Memorial, Butcher, Heberlig-Palmer, Spahr, Valley Meadows and Stuart Community Center.
The Center for Disease Control indicates that the virus can live on specific surfaces for several hours (for example: plastics and stainless steel 72 hours). Thus, in order to help reduce possible transmission of the virus, the Borough will be posting signs requesting non-use of the playground equipment until further notice. The Borough will continue to monitor the situation and will re-open the equipment for public use once the COVID-19 epidemic curve begins to flatten.
Carlisle Borough’s parks, bike and pedestrian trails network continue to remain open and residents may enjoy these areas while practicing the CDC’s recommendations for social distancing and personal hygiene before and after visiting.
The National Recreation and Park Association has offered a number of specific recommendations for ways to keep safe social distancing when in parks or on trails.
- Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to heading to a park or trail-wash hands, carry hand sanitizer, do not use parks if you have symptoms, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, etc.
- Observe at all times CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of six feet from other people. Practice it and know what it looks like. Keep it as you walk, bike or hike.
- If on a bike or walking trail, warn other trail users of your presence. As you pass, allow proper distance and step off trails to allow others to pass, keeping minimum recommended distances at all times. Signal your presence with your voice, bell or horn.
- Restrooms may be closed. Prepare before you leave home and time outings so that you are not dependent on public restrooms.
- Bring water or drinks.
- Bring a suitable trash bag. Leave no trash. Take your trash with you to protect park workers.
Questions regarding this announcement or Carlisle Borough parks and recreation matters may be directed to Andrea Crouse, Director, Carlisle Parks and Recreation, email@example.com or 717-240-6951.