Playground Equipment in Concordia Open Again as Modified Phase 2 of Reopening Kansas Begins
Governor Laura Kelly announced on Tuesday, May 19th a modified Phase 2 of “Ad Astra: Plan to Reopen Kansas,” which took effect Friday, May 22nd. The implementation of this Modified Phase 2 impacts summer programming in Concordia, specifically with respect to changes in allowable programming and mass gathering restrictions.
Mass gatherings are restricted to 15 people in Modified Phase 2. According to the Governor’s plan, movement to Phase 3 is not expected before June 8th, at which time mass gathering restrictions should also ease.
The city also continues to use the Kansas Recreation and Parks Association reopening plan and associated guidelines when giving consideration to parks and recreation programming.
- Recreational organized sports practices and games are allowed to begin in Modified Phase 2. City of Concordia Recreation baseball, softball, tee-ball, and K-18 teams may begin practice on Friday, May 22nd. Coaches will contact players regarding their practice schedule. Due to mass gathering restrictions and scheduling considerations already underway, games will begin in Phase 3 with a target start date of June 15th.
- Pools are not allowed to open in Modified Phase 2. However, Concordia Municipal Swimming Pool will hold lifeguard training the week of June 1st. The pool will open to the public for swimming lessons, swim team, public swim and pool parties with the implementation of Phase 3, with a target start date of June 8th.
- Season passes for the pool will be available beginning May 27th. Pricing is as follows:
- Single Pass: $50
- Family Pass: $100 (up to 4 people within the same household)
- Daily admission rate will remain at $2 per person.
- Punch cards will be sold at City Hall beginning May 18th and do not expire. Pricing is as follows
- 10 punches for $17
- 20 punches for $30
- 30 punches for $40
- The lower tennis court, pickleball court, and basketball court at City Park are now open. The upper tennis courts are closed while improvement work is finalized, and is anticipated to open on Sunday, May 24th. Patrons are asked to respect the barriers in place and the opening schedule.
- As discussed with the City Commission on May 6th, the city's Summer Playground day camp will not operate this summer.
- Playground equipment is now open. Informative signage to promote the health of our community has been installed.
- Public restrooms at parks are now open. Informative signage to promote the health of our community has been installed.
As summer programming resumes, participants, patrons and spectators are expected to practice social distancing and good personal hygiene, and to abide by mass gathering restrictions. Loitering at practices is discouraged.
The Concordia City Commission will resume in-person meetings in June. A hybrid of limited in-person attendance and live video broadcast may be necessary to comply with the Kansas Open Meetings Act (KOMA) and the mass gathering restrictions of Phase 2.
“We thank our residents for their patience and cooperation as we work to safely reopen our community. This task has been especially challenging as information and regulations continue to evolve," City Manager Amy Lange told KNCK News. "Concordia has done a great job thus far of mitigating the spread of the virus in our community. We continue to remain hopeful for forward progress: fully opening our businesses, making summer programming available, and returning our youth to school as normal this fall. Shop local when you are well. Stay home when you are sick. Cover your cough. Wash your hands. Practice social distancing. We will all be stronger and healthier for it.”