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Parts of parks, playgrounds, city facilities to close in Jackson, Mo.

Hanover County parks will remain open including playgrounds, skate parks, dog parks and trails.
Hanover County parks will remain open including playgrounds, skate parks, dog parks and trails.(Pixabay)
Updated: Apr. 3, 2020 at 10:26 AM CDT
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JACKSON, Mo. (KFVS) - To protect against the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure social distancing is practiced, the City of Jackson will close parts of its parks and the playground areas at the Jackson R-2 campuses, and other Jackson City facilities, such as City Hall, courts, and the sanitation and recycling center.

The closures go into effect on Saturday, April 4 at 12:01 a.m.

Parks and playgrounds:

Signage and temporary fencing to discourage use will be posted by city and school district crews on Friday night.

Areas to close include: tennis courts, basketball courts, the skate park, playgrounds and other gathering areas.

Recreation trails and green space will remain open. City officials said these areas will only stay open as long as guests avoid groups of 10 and stay at least six feet away from non-household members.

“The health and safety of our parks patrons are our top priority,” said Parks & Recreation Director Shane Anderson. “Please stay healthy and abide by CDC guidelines at home, in the public parks, and when you have to go out for food and medicine.”

Individuals or groups that have reserved park pavilions during the closure will be notified and given the option to reschedule or cancel and receive a refund for money already paid.

City Hall:

City Hall is closed to the public.

Staff will continue conducting normal business.

All services will be preformed by phone, email, or online services.

The use of the drive-thru lanes is also encouraged.

City Hall will remain operational and staff will continue to provide services Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Mayor and Board of Aldermen will meet in April for regular meetings and study sessions on Monday, April 6 and April 20, at 6:00 p.m.

However, the Board will be moving their meetings to a virtual format beginning next Monday.

Residents can watch and participate remotely from the safety of their homes on the City’s YouTube page at www.jacksonmo.org/view.

Municipal Court:

The Supreme Court of Missouri has extended the statewide suspension of in-person proceedings through Friday, May 1.

The Cape Girardeau County Circuit Court, Municipal Division, City of Jackson has cancelled court proceedings that are scheduled for April 15 and April 22.

Notices will be mailed to defendants with information pertaining to their new court date.

The Court Clerk will continue to take payments, process compliance letters to the Missouri Department of Revenue for suspended licenses, issue warrants, process records requests, collect bonds, disburse outside agency bonds, hold in-custody hearings and arraignments, enter citations, and issue summons.

Sanitation and recycling center:

On Saturday, April 4th at 5:00 p.m., the Jackson Recycling Center will close to all incoming loads of recyclables

After tomorrow, all recyclables usually delivered to our facility can be stored by residents until the center reopens or bagged with the rest of the customer’s household trash.

The yard waste pits at the center will remain open and continue to operate as normal.

Fire and Police:

The lobbies of the fire stations and the police stations are closed.

Non-emergency reports will be taken over the phone.

Public relation activities have been canceled.

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