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Plans for Park Openings May 1st

Post Date:04/29/2020 2:02 PM

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Following Governor Abbott’s announcement yesterday, here is the plan for the opening of the City’s 
Parks facilities.
The City of Odessa continues to encourage citizens to wear a mask if they must go out in public.

The following is a list of the Park facilities that we plan to open Friday, May 1, 2020:
• Tennis Courts (4 participants per court)
• Basketball Courts (4 participants per court)
• Volleyball Courts (4 participants per court)
• Disc Golf Course (4 participants maximum per hole)
• Comanche Trail Park Fishing Pond
• Dog Park at Slator Park
• Walking trails remain open

Note:  Park patrons must practice social distancing of a minimum 6' at all times.

Ratliff Ranch Golf Course will open on Monday, May 4, 2020.  The following is a list of the 
operational items that will be implemented to assist in protecting the patrons and comply with the 
Governors specifications:
• Walking is encouraged
• Except for members of the same household, no more than one individual per golf cart
• Credit card is preferred form of payment, but cash will be accepted
• Course open from 7:00 am – 8:00 pm Monday – Sunday
• Online Booking and in person tee times will be allowed (up to 3 days in advance)
• No wait list or walk in allowed
• Maximum number of players per group 4

• Tee times will be:
▪ 10 minute intervals Monday-Thursday
▪ 12 minute intervals Friday-Sunday
• No rental sets will be available for rent, all golfers must have their own set
• All flagsticks will remain in hole
• All bunker rakes, ball washers and water coolers have been removed from course
• Do not arrive more than 30 minutes prior to your tee time
• Driving range will be open but limited to 15 people at a time – golfers only, no spectators allowed
• Putting green and chipping green will be open
• No more than 4 people inside the golf (excluding employees) at any given time using proper distancing guidelines set for by the CDC, local governments.
• Grill will be available for drinks and grab and go menu items

The following is a list of the Park facilities that are to remain closed until June 1, 2020:
• Community Buildings
• Floyd Gwin Gym
• Picnic Pavilions
• Playgrounds
• Restrooms
• Skate Park
• Athletic facilities including
     •Baseball Fields
     •Soccer Fields
     •Softball Fields
     •Football Field

Swimming Pools and Spraygrounds will be closed all summer (as previously announced)
No organized sports activities- practice or play.

The Parks and Recreation Department will re-evaluate on June 1st to see if other measures need to be taken.
Media Contact: Steve Patton, Parks and Recreation Director, 432.368.3548

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