Parks and Rec

The City of Enterprise and Enterprise Parks and Recreation has announced that the city tennis courts, pickelball courts and skate park are officially reopened.

The city and Parks and Recreation Director Billy Powell announced the decision through a news release on May 15.

“We are really pleased to be able to get some of our recreation facilities open again so our citizens can enjoy them again,” Powell said. “Our desire is to see people having a good time at our facilities so we are happy to take the next step in the process of eventually opening all of our facilities.”

The William (Bill) Morris Tennis Complex at Donaldson Park is open from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. daily, while the Enterprise Pickelball Courts are open from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. daily at the courts located behind the Enterprise Recreation Center on Lee Street. The Skate Park is located between Hollis Street and Airport Road next to the Rec Center Complex.

“I know many people are ready to hit the courts again, but we need to keep in mind that safety is still of the utmost importance,” Powell said.

Because of Alabama’s “Stay at Home” order almost all city facilities have been shut down for several weeks. Those restrictions have started to be relaxed and Powell said that he researched the safety factors involve in the use of recreational equipment and the practice of social distancing.

The 6-foot social distancing guideline will be in place at all three parks and players must maintain that distance whether engaged, waiting or observing play in and around the courts and parks. Players are also encouraged to bring their own equipment and to keep it identified and sanitized. Errant balls are asked to be returned to the player by kicking or rolling with the foot or racket. The wearing of face masks is also encouraged.

Full details on the safety rules can be read by visiting www.enterpriseal.gov.

Enterprise’s soccer fields, basketball courts, volleyball courts and playgrounds will remain closed for the time being, and decisions on summer baseball and softball are still to be made.

“I would love to open everything back up, but that wouldn’t be the prudent thing to do,” Powell said. “We have to follow a process or have a template to go by. We’re open for the pleasure of the community – to help them live a healthy lifestyle with exercise and physical activity – to help give them a better quality of life. We wouldn’t be fulfilling that mission if we didn’t consider how to best protect our citizens from the Coronavirus.”

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