City Announces Reopening of Playground Equipment

June 5, 2020

The City of Ferndale is happy to announce that outdoor park and play equipment throughout the city will reopen to the public effective today, Friday, June 5. This follows Oakland County’s rescinding of Emergency Health Order 2020-8, which closed all playground equipment, earlier this week.

While park play spaces are now open, the State of Michigan Executive Order 2020-110 remains in effect, requiring that “people not part of the same household maintain six feet of distance from one another.” The City has made every effort to ensure clean, safe conditions for the reopening of our community play spaces. Structures and equipment have been cleaned/pressure washed, free-standing hand sanitizer stations have been installed in many community park spaces, and signage is being installed to communicate safety recommendations.

To that end, the City welcomes community members back to our parks and play equipment with the following reminders:

  • The City will not be monitoring or enforcing use of parks or equipment, so please proceed at your own best judgment.
  • Park users are urged to observe social distancing and stay at least six feet from others at all times.
  • It’s recommended that those of age wear a mask or face covering.
  • As with all common areas, the County recommends washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after using play equipment.
  • To ensure clean surfaces, keep hand sanitizer with you (at least 60% alcohol) to wipe down equipment before and after play.

Ferndale Skatepark

The City’s most asked-about resource, the Ferndale Skatepark,will open as well; however, it will close again in the short-term for an essential, previously scheduled project. As part of the City’s Tony Hawk Foundation Built To Play Sustainable Skatepark grant, we’ll be installing retaining walls on the south side of the skatepark--a critical addition that will prevent soil erosion and reduce stormwater runoff by 60%.

The skatepark will re-close the week of June 15 and is expected to remain closed to use for approximately four weeks.

Ferndale Dog Park

The Wilson Dog Park will reopen, though as with the skatepark, it will close again for a brief period in the coming weeks for essential pre-scheduled maintenance. Dog park users will receive an email notice ahead of the closure, and signage will be clearly placed.

At this time, the dog park will be available to existing members only; the Parks & Recreation Department isn’t able to conduct the dog park safety courses that are a required prerequisite for membership.

Indoor Facilities

Following State executive order, the City will not be reopening any indoor play equipment or gym facilities, nor will we be resuming Recreation programming at this time. Facilities and services that will remain closed include:

  • The Kulick Community Center
  • Summer Camp
  • Adult and youth athletics leagues and team sports

Field and Pavilion Rentals

All community park spaces—including greenspace, play equipment, picnic tables, fields, and athletic areas—will be open for free use for the remainder of the summer for not-for-profit activities. This includes family parties and picnics, non-organized athletics games and play, and events (such as yoga or art classes) offered by individuals, businesses, and organizations free of charge. Permits will not be issued and spaces will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Fee-based classes, events, and activities will be considered for our local businesses; if you’re interested in holding such an event, please contact Ferndale Parks & Recreation to book your event and complete the necessary paperwork.

 

If you have additional questions, please contact the Ferndale Parks & Recreation Department at 248-544-6767.

POST WRITTEN BY

Kara Sokol

Communications Director