For immediate release: March 31, 2020
City of Bozeman
Melody Mileur, Communications Coordinator
Bozeman, MT— Starting Thursday, April 2, 2020 the City of Bozeman will be closing all City of Bozeman public playgrounds until further notice to help stop the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19.)
The closure includes all 52 play structures, swings, slides, climbing apparatus (including climbing boulders), spinners, spring toys, zip lines, and any other equipment associated with a playground. The closure also includes the City of Bozeman Skate Park at Kirk Park. The closure does not include City of Bozeman parks or dog parks.
Parks and Recreation Director Mitch Overton says, “These structures are high touch areas and even in these very strict times, dozens if not more children can utilize and touch these hard surfaces each day. We recognize our role in slowing the spread of COVID-19 and we do not feel like we are able to keep the structures sanitized in a way that meets or exceeds CDC guidelines.”
Director Overton also added, “Now more than ever, we wholeheartedly support the wise use of City of Bozeman parks and trails for health and wellness. Please enjoy our beautiful natural resources but follow guidelines and practice social distancing.”
As of March 24, 2020 all City of Bozeman facilities are closed to public access. This includes City Hall, the Alfred Stiff Professional Building, the Bozeman Public Library, and Parks and Recreation buildings and facilities.
For more information about City of Bozeman closures, changes in services, and response to COVID-19 please visit the City’s website.