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Pittsburgh Will 'Soon' Start Reopening Playgrounds, Basketball Courts, Other Park Amenities

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) -- The city says playgrounds, basketball courts, spray parks and ballfields will start reopening "soon" amid the coronavirus pandemic.

On Monday, the City of Pittsburgh announced the reopenings as the city is now in the "green" phase.

The park amenities will begin reopening on a rolling base but most will be open by June 15.

"At the end of the day, we've been inside the house for months. It's summertime. The children want to go outside and get some fresh air," said Sandrea Ford.

Pittsburgh Public Works Director Mike Gable told KDKA's Jennifer Borrasso that there are 160 parks in the city, 119 playgrounds, 130 basketball courts and 125 ballfields

"Organized sports will be allowed to resume — provided that organizers follow safety guidelines — and permits will again be accepted for rental of ballfields and open-air park shelters," the release said. "Block party permits and special event permits for outdoor groups will be allowed for groups of up to 250 attendees, though they must include a COVID-19 safety plan (including hand-washing and social distancing protocols).

Restrooms, water fountains, swimming pools, recreation centers and senior center will remain closed, the city says.

The Department of Public Works will also regularly clean playgrounds.

The Weiss family said they are not comfortable letting their 2-year-old son, David. play with others.

"Too soon," said Joelle Weiss. "I can't trust, especially my son at his age to be able to follow restrictions in place."

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