Habersham Parks and Recreation Enters Phase 2 of Reopening

While Major League Baseball still tries to decide on whether there will be a season, baseball and softball lovers in Habersham are finally able to take some swings at the plate as the county Parks and Recreation Department reopened fields on Monday after their closing due to COVID-19.

The fields that are now open are the four baseball and softball fields near the Aquatic Center as well as the Diamond Memorial Ballfield and Softball Complex. Additionally, two soccer fields located nearest the fairgrounds are now accessible for small groups of 25 or fewer.

Habersham County Little League, Rapids Futbol Club or the Habersham County Church Softball League will not be using the fields as their spring seasons were previously canceled. All are hoping to resume activities in the Fall.

Also reopened to the public is the Ruby C. Fulbright Aquatic Center, indoor pickleball courts and basketball courts. Outdoor pickleball and tennis courts were already open.

The Gymnastics Center also reopened for campers and programmed team gymnastics. However, the center is off-limits to those not participating in activities in accordance with guidelines from the Georgia Department of Early Learning Care and Learning.

On August 1, the Parks and Rec Department will enter Phase 3 which includes a reassessment of current operations before moving to reopen all programs.

Other changes to expect if you plan on visiting are:

   • Physical distancing protocols must be followed – no one should be closer than six feet from anyone else who is not part of their household.

   • Only 1 user/user group at a time with no more than 25 people per space. 

   • Users should avoid utilizing all dugouts and benches. 

   • Please keep field use to a maximum of 90 minutes to allow for others who may be waiting.

   • Restrooms will open at this time and will be cleaned daily.

   • Anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or are considered high risk should refrain from using the facilities at this time.

   • No organized athletic programs are taking place.

   • Rentals will now be allowed to group no larger than 25 and required to follow all social distancing guidelines. 

   • Outdoor tennis and pickleball courts will remain open.

   • Walking paths & green space areas will remain open. 

   • Bioesque sanitation will take place weekly.

   • Equipment will be sanitized following individual and group rotation.

   • Only two coaches and 12 gymnasts allowed in the facility at a time for team training. Only 24 campers split into 3 groups/classrooms with one camp staffer per group.

   • Coaches/staffers will take temperatures prior to entering facility and use personal protective equipment.

   • Parents will drop off gymnast at side door entrance for check-in. Campers will be dropped off at front entrance. Temperature will be taken to assure 100.4 or less. Screening questions will be asked.

   • Handwashing will take place prior to beginning instruction/camp, during breaks and prior to leaving facility.

   • Hand sanitizer is stocked and available to all staff, campers and gymnasts.

   • Each gymnast will be issued a pool noodle to assist with adhering to social distancing and used as part of their conditioning routine.

   • Lobby and gym will remain closed to the public.

   • Tables and common seating areas will be separated as to prohibit gatherings.

   • Guest Service desk will have plexiglass sneeze/cough guard installed.

   • Gymnastic offices will remain staff access only.

   • All staff within the Gymnastics Center will be issued PPE.

   • Adequate cleaning and disinfecting will occur daily.  

   • Lap Pool will re-open June 15 with restrictions. The Recreation Pool will remain closed until June 30th other than usage for Aquatic Fitness classes and summer camp. The Recreation Pool will open July 1 at reduced bather load of no more than 16 at a time.

   • Locker rooms will be open to patrons. Showering stalls will not be accessible at the facility during this time. Patrons are requested to shower within one hour of arriving to swim. A makeshift shower will be set up on the pool deck to allow rinse.

   • Indoor Pickleball courts will be open Monday through Friday 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. with no more than 12 participants at a time.

   • Basketball courts will open with no more than 12 participants separated by half court, maximum 6 patrons per half.

   • Indoor walking will be allowed so as appropriate social distancing is always maintained.

   • Tables and common seating areas will be separated as to prohibit gatherings.

   • Guest Service desk will have plexiglass sneeze/cough guard installed.

   • Athletic offices will remain staff access only.

   • Hand sanitizer is stocked and available to all patrons.