Lamar Parks and Recreation Reopening Plan
Missouri Governor Mike Parson announced his Show-Me Strong Recovery Plan on Monday, April 27. Following his plan as a guideline and using guidance from the Barton County Health Department, our city officials and parks and recreation agencies around the state, the Lamar Parks & Recreation Office has devised the following plan for opening our facilities beginning May 4, 2020. This information is subject to change with further guidance from the Center for Disease Control or the Barton County Health Department.
The Lamar City Park will remain open. In addition to the walking trails and dog park, the restroom facilities at the enclosed shelter and the RV park will open. Restrooms will be closed for time each day for full cleaning and disinfecting. All other restroom facilities, including Wheeler Park, will open on May 18. All shelter houses will be open for reservations. Those already having reservations after May 4 will be able to have their events, though we ask that all events at the shelters be limited to 25 persons or less and that proper social distancing be maintained. All fields will open on May 4 as well. Playgrounds and basketball and tennis courts will remain closed at this time.
The Lamar Youth Athletics summer ball season will begin with practices on May 18, along with the rest of the teams in the Sac River League. We ask that proper social distancing be observed and that practices be limited to coaches and players only when ever possible. (The exception to this being -tball and machine pitch with younger children.) Games will begin on June 1, with the final games of the season being played on July 3. There will not be post-season tournaments this year. Though games will be taking place during phase two, we are certain social distancing guidelines will still be in effect. Anyone that had not yet signed up will need to print the form available on the Lamar Youth Athletics page and return it, along with your fee by 5 p.m. on Monday, May 4 to the Parks and Recreation Office. Likewise, anyone wishing not to play this season and receive a refund needs to request it by email firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (417) 682-5851 option 1 by 5 p.m. on Monday, May 4. Coaches will be contacted to selected teams after that week. Travel ball teams wanting to practice on the City Park fields can do so in the afternoons beginning May 4 or on weekends, as long as the fields are not wet. We also ask that those practices also be limited to players and coaches only. Practice times will be limited after our Lamar Youth Athletics teams begin their practices on May 18.
The Lamar City Lake will remain open with all restroom facilities opening on May 4. Restrooms will close once a day to be cleaned. We ask that all patrons continue to observe social distancing guidelines.
Moore Pavilion will be available for use, but the group size using it cannot exceed 220 people.
Thiebaud Auditorium meeting rooms only will be open for reservations beginning May 4. Anyone with existing May reservations will be able to have their event with attendance restrictions. Each meeting room can have no more than 25 people (50 if you are combining the rooms) and must use the entrance doors directly into the meeting room. The Missouri Highway Patrol will resume written tests only on Monday, May 4. Those wishing to take tests will have to enter in the side door on the northwest side of the building and follow instructions from there. The Auditorium itself will not be available for use until a later date to be determined.
The Lamar Aquatic Park plans to open on its typical annual opening date, the Friday prior to Memorial Day, this year May 22. Operations will be modified to promote social distancing and keep all patrons as healthy as possible. There will be two three-hour public swimming sessions in the outdoor pool each day: Noon to 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with time for complete cleaning and disinfecting of the pool area and bathrooms between sessions. A total of 100 people, including 60 swimmers, including staff will be allowed in the facility for each session. Patrons will be able to reserve spots during sessions. Further information on that process will be available on the Lamar Aquatic Park Facebook page at a later date. Access to the locker rooms will be restricted to 8-10 people at a time. Locker rooms will be routinely disinfected throughout the day. Normal Lamar Aquatic Park seasonal fees will apply $5 per person per session, $75 season individual pass and $150 season family pass (includes 2 adults, three children and a babysitter from the same household). The concession stand will be open, but will include pre-packaged items only.
The Lamar Aquatic Park indoor pool will open on Monday, May 25. The indoor pool will open as normal, with the modification of only 12 people will be able to be in the pool at a time. We do plan on offering American Red Cross Swim lessons at some point during the season. We are currently waiting on their guidance on the best way to offer those and still maintain proper social distancing.
The Lamar Parks and Recreation Department wants to thank everyone for their patience during this time of uncertainty and hope for your continued cooperation as we try to navigate giving you the best service possible while also doing our best to keep our facilities as safe and clean as possible for your health.