Security is a top priority, and every possible scenario where programming could potentially compromise security is according to City.
All summer programs and activities by sports teams, both teenagers and adults, run by the Crookston City’s Department of Parks and Recreation will be canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Parks & Rec department announced the “very difficult” decision on Tuesday.
The announcement, circulated by Andrea Prudhomme, Administrative Assistant at Parks & Rec, stated: “These programs do not allow safe social distancing with a gathering of 10 people or less at that time and (the programs) also endanger participants as being Instructors, trainers and everyone involved. “
Parks & Rec staff looked at all the scenarios in which summer programs could be offered, with safety as a top priority. “In the end, we felt it was in everyone’s best interests to cancel for the summer.” Parks & Rec will “continue to seek opportunities” including a “physical activity or mental challenge for teens every day” Monday through Friday. The challenges will be published on the Parks & Recreation Facebook page.
In the meantime, individuals are encouraged to use city parks and hiking trails to work in the fresh air for activities that promote health and wellbeing while practicing social distancing.
The announcement follows the announcement by Crookston Public Schools last week that Safety Town and Summer Camp, programs held in June, have been canceled.