Frank Brown Park fields set to reopen

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PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WMBB) — As the state continues to reopen in phases amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Panama City Beach City Council is slowly opening up their public and community areas.

On Thursday, the council voted to open the outdoor baseball, softball and soccer fields at Frank Brown Park for teams to practice starting Saturday.

The ordinance that was passed will also allow tournaments to begin again on June 1.

All CDC health and safety guidelines will be in place as well to ensure the safety of those on the fields and in the stands.

Councilman Geoff McConnell says he and his family utilizes the local parks very often and getting local children back out doing what makes them happy will only help them get through this uncertain time.

“My 3 year old and 5 year old definitely need to get out of the house. They sit, we do school in the morning and then all afternoon, we hit the parks. We’ll go to the conversation park, we’ll go to Frank Brown Park and it’s critical for everybody in our community to be able to utilize those facilities and be able to escape some of the things they’re facing inside their own homes,” McConnell said.

The ordinance also addressed summer camps as well as the use of the community center and Lyndell center.

  • Effective May 16, permit club team baseball, softball, and soccer practices on City sports
    fields. Participants and spectators are to adhere to CDC recommended hygiene practices
    and maintain six (6) feet distance from other participants, as practical, and not
    congregate in groups larger than ten (10).
  • Effective May 16, permit the use of the Community Center and Lyndell Center to groups
    of less than 10 and with appropriate six (6) feet social distancing practiced. At the
    conclusion of the event, all surfaces are to be sanitized.
  • Proposed Summer Camps for 2020 to begin July 1:
    o Group Swim Lessons: Limit of 4 per group
    o Mermaid Camp: Limit of 10 per camps
    o Diving: Limit of 10 per camp
    o Volleyball: Limit of 10 per camp
    o Surfing: Limit of 10 per camp
    o Tennis: Limit of 10 per camp
    o Sewing: Limit of 10 per camp
    o Cooking: Limit of 10 per camp
    o Golf: Limit of 10 per camp
    o Basketball: Limit of 10 per camp
    o Baseball: Limit of 10 per camp
    o Soccer: Limit of 10 per camp
    o Kid Exercise Camp: Limit 10 per camp
    o Ping Pong: Limit 10 per camp
  • Prohibited/Postponed until further notice:
    o Aquatic Center kiddie pool and big pool open swim (Only lap swimming
    permitted)
    o Postpone scheduled Summer Concert Series June 11-August 21
    o Public access to City offices
  • Close South Pier Park Road from Front Beach Road to LC. Hilton Drive to promote additional social distancing space.
  • In addition, the City will continue with:
    Continue telework option for our employees
    Daily temperature checks for all employees
    Virtual City Council meetings and limited public participation consistent with Governor’s orders

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