Baltimore to take away all playground, exercise equipment to ensure social distancing

Posted at 9:25 AM, Apr 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-13 09:41:14-04

BALTIMORE — Baltimore Mayor Jack Young has requested that the Rec and Parks Department begin to take away all playground and exercise equipment throughout the city, as the coronavirus continues to impact residents.

The Mayor says he made the request after seeing the equipment being used despite warnings not to and recommendations to social distance.

“After seeing people use this equipment despite the need to practice social distancing while in public, I asked Executive Director Reginald Moore to secure these locations,” Mayor Young said. “Our staff will continue to make every effort to ensure residents can stay fit and active,”said Young,

More than 145 playgrounds citywide are run by the department, and will be affected.

Last week, the city launched its Virtual Rec Center. The new digital platform provides safe, alternative recreation options for residents of all ages and abilities.