April 2, 2020MEDIA CONTACT:
City of Pensacola Playgrounds Closed to the Public
Parks managed by the City of Pensacola remain open to the public during the COVID-19 pandemic, but playgrounds and other shared equipment are closed to the public.
Current evidence suggests that COVID-19 may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces made from a variety of materials, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the City of Pensacola Parks and Recreation Department is not disinfecting these frequently touched surfaces.Executive Order 20-91
issued by Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday, April 1 allows for essential activities, including recreational activities such as walking, biking, hiking, fishing, hunting, running or swimming. The "safer at home" order goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday, April 3 and expires on Monday, April 30, 2020, unless extended by subsequent order.
As recreation and physical activity are essential for optimal health, the City of Pensacola Parks and Recreation Department encourages families to continue enjoying open spaces at any of the city's 93 parks. Park visitors should bring their own equipment such as a ball or Frisbee, and CDC guidelines
should be followed to help stop the spread of COVID-19, including social/physical distancing.
The City of Pensacola Parks and Recreation Department has taken the following actions to protect the public:
- All drinking fountains at city parks have been turned off.
- The city's splash pad at Plaza de Luna is closed until further notice.