DETROIT (WXYZ) — The city of Detroit says they are suspending all "programming facilities, programs, classes, and events through the summer season" due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
They made the announcement in a news release Thursday afternoon:
Due to COVID-19, Detroit Parks & Recreation will suspend programming facilities, programs, classes, and events through the summer season. This includes recreation centers, athletic leagues, events, Summer Fun Centers and Summer Day Camp. Current guidance from federal, state, and local officials support this decision and efforts to protect public safety.
Food distribution will continue at recreation sites through the end of summer. Existing resources normally used for programming have been shifted to the emergency food distribution program. The City of Detroit distributed nearly 46,000 meals last week. Visit detroitmi.gov/food for real time food service updates.
Parks remain open for residents to enjoy. However, Parks & Recreation officials encourage residents to refrain from using playgrounds or other park amenities, such as playscapes, exercise equipment or other recreation equipment, and instead focus on walks or bike rides.Detroit Parks & Recreation also encourages residents to continue following social distancing guidelines maintaining 6 feet of distance between yourself and others.
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