The city of Santa Clarita reopened all of its parks on Friday after months of being closed due to concerns of COVID-19.
With the state slowly reopening some areas for public use, Santa Clarita decided to reopen all of its parks. This comes as a response to neighboring LA County cities receiving approval to reopen their local parks, while following safety protocols.
“The last six months have been challenging for residents in so many ways, and not being able to get kids outside to climb, swing and play has been distressing to both parents and kids,” said Santa Clarita mayor Cameron Smyth in a statement on Oct. 8. “We are thrilled to welcome the community back to the playgrounds!”
The reopening comes after months of recently completed park projects laid untouched for nearly half a year, from a brand-new inclusive play area for children in Country Park that was introduced in January, to the grand opening of Plum Canyon Park back in June.
One supporter of the reopening of all Santa Clarita parks is a resident named Brenda Thompson, who recently visited Central Park to watch a baseball game practice.
“I think it’s great,” said Thompson. “These kids worked so hard with practicing, and it’s wonderful that they are able to play again.”
Despite COVID-19 still having a major presence across California, Santa Clarita promises that proper safety protocols will be practiced in their parks to prevent the virus from spreading any further.
The list of parks that have reopened can be found on Santa Clarita’s official website at santa-clarita.com/parks.