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So you’re stuck indoors and starting to suffer from cabin fever.
You can still enjoy the great outdoors at parks operated by the City of Newton and Harvey County, as long as you practice social distancing and take other precautions against the COVID-19 virus.
Newton city parks remain open; however, the restrooms and playgrounds are closed. The dog park and disc golf park areas at Centennial Park are still in use.
"When using the parks, residents are asked to engage only in activities that don’t require touching public structures and that allow them to stay at least six feet away from people outside their household," Newton parks superintendent Hondo Collins said.
Currently, Harvey County parks are open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., but the campgrounds, playgrounds and restrooms are closed. Portable restroom facilities have been approved by the county commission and should be installed at some point.
According to the release from the parks department, "Open shelter reservations are still available, but must be limited to 10 people."
All scheduled events at the county parks through the end of April have been canceled.
According to the county’s release, "Additionally, while future shelter reservations will be accepted, they are done with the acknowledgment that mass gathering guidance may alter availability."
Hiking and horse trails are still open and fishing is still permitted.
Playgrounds at all Newton USD 373 schools have been closed.