All 2020 Summer Recreation Programs & Events Cancelled
Because of health, safety and financial concerns related to COVID-19, I have decided to join other mayors across NE Ohio and cancel all recreation programs and events for the summer of 2020. This was by no means an easy or quick decision and it was reached after considering and thoroughly discussing all available options with the most import factor being the safety and well-being of our participants and employees.
Included in this closure announcement are the city’s pool/waterpark, baseball leagues, tennis courts/lessons, yoga classes, Kids in the Commons, Big Creek Handmade Fest event, Yoga in the Park, Ohio Flags of Honor, and outdoor movies. The Outdoor Summer Concert Series, held in conjunction with the City of Parma, has also been cancelled. Refunds are being issued for program registrations already paid.
Using Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s guide for reopening, “The Path Forward to Restart”, my administration reviewed the recommended public health measures such as frequent sanitization of common areas, daily health assessments, and social distancing. These recommendations and others included in the guide would be hard to meet and could lead to potential difficulties for lifeguards and other recreation employees.
However, I urge you not to let this pandemic stop us from being creative or growing together as a community. In the City of Parma Heights we are fortunate to have the great outdoors just outside our doorsteps with seven municipal parks within walking distance of our homes as well as the Parma Heights – Big Creek Connector Trail to the Cleveland Metroparks in our Commons. Please be aware, however, that municipal playground and exercise equipment are not sanitized and are therefore closed.
I also invite you to check out the Recreation page of our website http://parmaheightsoh.gov/en-US/Recreation.aspx for a list of links to free exercise and movement classes available for you to enjoy. Although our Theatre and Community Center remain closed, a new live series “Cassidy Theatre and Company” can be viewed Sundays at 3 p.m. on the Cassidy Theatre’ YouTube page.
Again, this was not an easy decision and I appreciate your understanding and support.
- Mayor Mike Byrne