Summer programming preparation become big task for parks and recreation departments

Inside programs will require masks, but those happening outside will not require them. Each activity will have its own set of safety guidelines.
Updated: May. 26, 2021 at 11:15 AM CDT
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MERRILL, Wis. (WSAW) - The Merrill Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Department will offer summer programming to the community this summer after a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

So far, the department has been busy adjusting its programming to make it safer for all to enjoy. This year, the department took extra time to re-work all programs to allow for sanitizing, relocating, and social distancing. They’ve also budgeted for PPE, cleaning supplies, and extra materials so kids will not need to share.

Inside, programs will require masks, but those happening outside will not require them. Each activity will have its own set of safety guidelines.

Dan Wendorf is the director for the Merrill Parks and Rec Department. He said while he is excited to bring the community back together, the planning has been a lot of work. He hopes that come summer, all their hard work will pay off.

“I’m excited to see the kids participating in our programs, to seeing families get back together again, seeing friends getting back together again, for us providing those spaces where they can do all those things and start to make new memories,” Wendorf said.

He said so far the department has gotten a lot of positive feedback from the community. That positivity has led them to bring back more programming, and even open the aquatic center.

“If you’re comfortable we would love to have you and see you participating in our programs, if you’re not comfortable we completely respect that as well,” Wendorf said.

For a look at the Merrill, summer programming schedule CLICK HERE.

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