With the Commonwealth of Kentucky just now launching efforts to "reopen," there are many questions about which businesses will open when, how and the extent to which they have to modify daily operations.  In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Owensboro Parks and Recreation Department has issued a statement regarding summer youth sports programs and the 2020 summer camp schedule.  As of now, the future is quite uncertain.

Yesterday here at WBKR, we received a letter from Owensboro Parks and Rec Director Amanda Rogers.  That letter includes a quote from Governor Andy Beshear.  In that quote from a daily briefing from earlier this week, Beshear directly addressed the concern over youth sports programs.  He said, "We hope in this summer, and we do not know if it will be June or perhaps early July, that we will be able to do some youth sports."  And, he added that we know for certain that public pools will not be included in either Phase One or Phase Two of the plan to reopen Kentucky.

Because of this week's announcements, Owensboro Parks and Recreation reaffirms that the following parks will remain closed (at least for now): Jack C. Fisher Park, Edge Ice Center, Dugan Best Recreation Center, Combest and Cravens Pools and all Sprayparks.

Summer Camps in Owensboro are also affected by the decision.  According to Rogers, originally scheduled Summer Day Camps at the Edge Ice Center or the Parks Admin Center will not operate.  She adds., "We do not anticipate that will be on our standard summer schedule, or prior to July."

Of course, we'll continue to monitor the situation as will the team at Owensboro Parks and Recreation.  And we'll keep you updated here at WBKR, WBKR.com, WBKR's Facebook page and the WBKR app.

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