City removes basketball rims and tennis court nets to help encourage social distancing

Posted at 8:01 AM, Mar 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-30 08:01:26-04

BALTIMORE — On Saturday, the Department of Recreation and Parks removed basketball rims and tennis court nets from City parks in an effort to encourage residents to practice social distancing while exercising.

“We need all residents to remember that, even when exercising, it is critically important to continue practicing social distancing,” said Mayor Jack Young. “Director Moore and his team are committed to providing a healthy environment in our parks, so that residents can use them to exercise safely.”

Earlier last week, the department announced the closure of high congestion, traffic, and use areas, including basketball courts, tennis courts, bocce courts, pavilions, and playgrounds. Attendance at Canton, Latrobe, and Howard Street dog parks has also been limited to five people at a time, and attendance at the Patterson Park dog park has been limited to 10 people at a time.

Parks, trails, and open space remained accessible, but park users were advised to remain at least 6 feet apart at all times and congregate in groups of no more than 10 people.

“Our latest step to slow the spread of Covid-19 and address the community’s concern of safe social distancing is the removal of basketball rims and tennis nets,” Executive Director of Department of Recreation and Parks Reginald Moore said. “We know that many of our park users may find it disappointing, but it is important that Recreation and Parks play our role in keeping our communities healthy and safe. Our parks and trails remain open at this time.”