May 22 Community Update
I’m Ron Salski, your Executive Director of the Park & Recreation District, and I’d like to first thank you for your patience as we all navigate the effects of COVID-19. I’m pleased to share with you today we’ve made significant progress with our reopening plans as we await guidance from local and state agencies and elected officials and risk management company. Know that the health and well-being of our community is our top priority, and we are working to ensure that we are well-prepared when we do reopen.
As we head into Memorial Day weekend, I encourage all of us to honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military and thank all our veterans and current service men and women. I am delighted to announce that the Lake County Community Foundation Board of Directors approved a $10,000 grant through the Lake County Community Crisis Relief Fund in support of our COVID response for work with veterans through the Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies Program. We are grateful to them for this terrific grant to make a difference for veterans.
Just a reminder, our multiple aquatic facilities are not opening Memorial Day weekend due to the stay at home order. I hope to announce our future decisions regarding Barefoot Bay, Spray Park and Beach and other operations in the coming weeks. We will adhere to the Governor’s public health guidelines when making decisions, and are establishing procedures and safeguards for when we are permitted to reopen. Again, we will share more specific plans soon as we know more.
The Asbury Park playground that was slated for replacement this year is currently under construction, and, pending the state restrictions, we hope to open it this summer.
Note that the Summer brochure will be virtual and available on our website in June. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out our many free virtual offerings that you can participate in today. My daughters and Julie, my wife, have been participating and they give it an A+. Look for the online brochure for more great opportunities to experience our community’s recreation and leisure offerings.
I am so proud of this community and impressed with your resiliency during this difficult time. Within my first 20 days as your Executive Director, it is clear the Park District is ready to meet challenges and provide you with opportunities to experience wellness, nature, outdoor space, childcare and much, much more. Let’s stick together so we can reopen successfully!