CHESHIRE--In a continued effort to ensure the health and safety of the public, Cheshire Parks and Recreation Director John Gawlak has announced that due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Cheshire playgrounds, courts (basketball, tennis, etc.) and dog park are closed until further notice while the parks are still open to the public.
The closures are effective at 7 a.m. on Friday (March 27).
Town officials encourage residents to make use of the town parks and open space while observing appropriate protocols like social distancing.
"All courts, the dog Park and playgrounds are now closed in Cheshire,” Gawlak said. “The linear trail, Parks and open space are open to the public. People need to follow the CDC guidelines as well as staying home as much as possible at this point.
"A reason we are doing this is people are just not obeying social distancing . Cases are still on the rise. People are just not following social distancing criteria. It’s a small sacrifice. Please stay home and go out only when necessary."
In an interview with Chesprocott Health District Director Maura Esposito on Monday, she expressed the hope at the time that Cheshire, Prospect and Wolcott town officials would close public areas that involve contact sports, like basketball courts. Chesprocott serves Cheshire, Prospect and Wolcott.
Dan Nowak is chairman of the Cheshire Democratic Town Committee's Communication Relations/IT Committee, a volunteer position. He is a Cheshire Parks and Recreation Commissioner and has been a sportswriter at the New Haven Register for 36 years.