Thursday, April 2, 2020

The Fargo Park District is committed to the health and safety of our community. Fargo Parks continues to monitor COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) concerns, work with state and local health officials and will follow recommended guidance as it becomes available.

While these conditions may change rapidly, as of Thursday, April 2, 2020, here are the following updates for Fargo Park District, Courts Plus and Valley Senior Services programs, events and facilities:

Public Facility Closures

To avoid social gatherings of 10 or more people, the Fargo Park District closed the following facilities to the public until further notice:

  • Southwest Youth Ice Arena
  • Sports Arena
  • Metro Rec
  • Coliseum
  • RDJ Rec Center
  • The Depot Administrative Offices

The above facilities are closed to the general public. Any meetings must be by appointment only. The Fargo Park District is discouraging any unnecessary in-person visits to the above Fargo Parks facilities and instead suggest use of our website, social media channels or phone calls.

Fargo Public Golf Courses have not yet opened for the season and will remain closed at least through the end of March. This includes Edgewood, Rose Creek, Prairiewood, El Zagal and Osgood Public Golf Courses. Members can purchase their season passes online at Golf course restaurant partners may be open during this time, please check their Facebook pages for updates.

Parks, trails, and green spaces remain open, but the Fargo Park District encourages the public to limit use to responsible ways that protect public health and safety. This includes limited use of playgrounds and play structures, basketball courts, tennis courts and ballfields during this time. During park and trail use, follow these recommendations from the National Recreation and Park Association:

  • Refrain from using parks, playgrounds, courts, fields or trails if exhibiting symptoms.
  • Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to and during use of parks, playgrounds, courts, fields or trails.
  • Prepare for limited access to public restrooms or water fountains.
  • While on trails, warn other users of presence as you pass and step aside to let others pass.
  • Follow CDC guidance on the recommended size of social gatherings including outdoor playgrounds, pick-up sports and other group hangouts, and maintain proper physical distance at all times. If other users are present and it is not possible to keep to less than 10 people, users should find an alternate location or depart that space.
  • Observe CDC’s minimum recommended physical distancing of 6 feet from other individuals at all times. If this is not possible, users should find an alternate location or depart that space.
  • Modify the activity to meet size and distance recommendations

Program and Event Cancellations

Fargo Park District is following the recommendations to decrease the gatherings of large groups to minimize exposure. The decision to cancel programs and events is always difficult to make, but we are keeping in line with the recommendations from the experts. As part of our response to COVID-19, the Fargo Park District's current cancellations include:

  • 5th and 6th Grade Girls Volleyball League
  • Accelerated Artists
  • Adaptive Bowling and Banquet
  • Archery
  • Artmania
  • Birding 101, 202, 303 & 404
  • Butterfly Ball
  • Celtic Festival
  • Fencing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Lifeguard Certification- Session 1 & 2
  • MS Group
  • Open Swim
  • OTA Volleyball Tournament
  • Spring Swimming Lessons- Session 1
  • Youth Basketball (final week)
  • Share-A-Story
  • Spring 3-on-3 Adult Basketball
  • Spring Sports Sampler
  • Spring Swimming Lessons- Session 1
  • Spring Volleyball Leagues
  • Water Safety Instructor- Session 1

The following Fargo Park District programs and events are postponed to a later date:

  • Spring Swimming Lessons- Session 2 rescheduled to May 4 through May 21
  • Uniquely Fargo: Giant Games is rescheduled to July 23
  • Water Safety Instructor- Session 2 rescheduled to May 4 through May 21

All events and programs are being evaluated on a case by case basis to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all involved. For cancelled programs, a refund will be automatically generated. For program refund questions, call 701-499-6060.

Courts Plus Community Fitness

With the wellbeing of the Courts Plus Community Fitness members and the entire community as the primary focus, the Courts Plus facility is closed to the public until further notice. This decision was made per the recommendation of the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and ND Governor Burgum to avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people. 

Courts Plus will contact members regarding membership and program refunds during this temporary facility closing. Staff is utilizing the time during this closure to deep-clean and heavily sanitize the facility.

We are committed to doing our best to provide members with opportunities to stay healthy and to relieve stress. For the most recent updates on Courts Plus Community Fitness visit the Courts Plus Blog.

Valley Senior Services

As part of our response to COVID-19, Valley Senior Services is suspending the following programs and services in our service area: 

  • Activities at senior centers: all activities are suspended indefinitely. 
  • Transportation to senior centers: all transportation to and from senior centers is suspended. 
  • Congregate Dining: Congregate Dining is discontinued at meal sites with prepackaged meals made available for pick up. Participating seniors must register for daily prepackaged meals. Seniors are asked to call the meal site closest to them and sign up in advance. Those who are unable to get to a meal site to pick up a meal may sign up for Meals on Wheels by calling 701-293-1440. 

Meals on Wheels delivery service for registered seniors will continue as scheduled. Given the importance of nutrition for this vulnerable population, during this time of coronavirus concerns, we feel strongly that it is important to continue this service that relies on healthy volunteers. We ask that if you are healthy and able, please sign up to help deliver meals to those in need by calling our volunteer coordinator at 701-356-1431.  For the most recent updates on Valley Senior Services visit the Valley Senior Services Covid-19 Updates webpage.

General Tips to Limit Exposure

Fargo Parks asks you to do your part to contain the spread of this virus by staying home or keeping your child from attending park district programs and facilities if there have been signs of the flu in your household or if you are not feeling well. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the best way of preventing the disease is to:

  • avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available
  • clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces regularly
  • avoid contact with people who are sick
  • stay home if you are sick
  • cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash, wash hands immediately

The CDC has posted information on how to prevent the spread of coronavirus in communities. Click here for information and check back often as information is updated.