Readers have been questioning and debating rules and decorum on public fields and playgrounds. I sought clarity on the rules. I also pulled together some of the encouragement and tips residents are getting to safely enjoy outdoor time.
A communication from Superintendent Greg Martineau specified that all Southborough and Northborough school grounds are closed to the public, including fields and playgrounds.
[Editor’s Note: An update from the Town on March 20th informs that all Town playgrounds are closed and prohibits large gatherings on fields.*]
But not all of Southborough’s fields and playgrounds are on school properties. Earlier this week, I shared that Recreation closed facilities and fields for organized activities. After I reached out, Director Tim Davis gave me an answer essentially the same as the following posted to Rec’s website today:
For clarification, currently, all field and outdoor facilities are closed to organized activities as permitted through the town – ie organized matches and games, sports team practices, pavilion rentals, etc.
We ask that residents use proper social distancing as recommended while in public around other individuals. Please monitor your children and be aware of where and how they are congregating and socializing. While we encourage you to be outside and partake in passive activities with your family, we will implement more restriction if necessary for the safety of our community.
On Rec’s Facebook page, they posted other encouragement this week to be safe while enjoying outdoor trails:
For a reminder of trails available in Southborough, click here.
Southborough Youth & Family Services is reminding people to get outdoors:
We need technology more than ever now. Many of us are using our computers to work from home and even to keep connected with our loved ones. Don’t forget to come up for air…literally! Go out & take a walk, do some yard work, ride a bike…remembering social distancing, of course! pic.twitter.com/tRWupFwhpK
— SBoro Youth & Family (@SBoroYFS) March 19, 2020
Chestnut Hill Farm is offering help in getting people outside. The farm’s Engagement Manager posted on Facebook:
– Every weekday on Facebook we will post a new nature activity you can do with your kids. Find them all in our Nature Activities photo album on our page.
– Every Tuesday and Thursday we’ll post “Life on the Farm” videos on our Facebook and Instagram Stories. You’ll also be able to find these in a FB photo album on our page.
– We have two miles of trails to explore, including our StoryWalk (a new story is going up next week, and we’ll be rotating the stories more frequently).
– Stay tuned for more free, social-distance-friendly fun on the farm, including a scavenger hunt!
– The farm stand is still open [via]* a new online ordering process and drive-up pickup that you can learn about in this post: https://www.facebook.com/thetrusteeschf/photos/a.272676466492282/867116697048253/?type=3&theater
See you at the farm – we’ll wave “hi” from an appropriate distance 😀
You can look for CHF’s Facebook posts here.
*The initial message stated that the farm stand was still open. A post today on CHF’s Facebook page updates that is now only available via online orders.
Updated (3/20/10 11:33 am): The latest update from the Town, time dated as of 10:00 am this morning, changes the status of Town-owned playground use and prohibits large gatherings on fields:
All fields are closed for large public gatherings such as practices and games. All school and town playgrounds are closed until further notice. We encourage people to go outside but please continue to practice social distancing and keeping at least 6 feet apart from people outside of your household.