The Fairmont Park Board Tuesday discussed the the impact of COVID-19 on the city’s parks. Shelter houses, restrooms, playgrounds and other amenities are closed to the public right now.“The new guidelines from the governor have given a little bit of flexibility. I’m really looking for feedback on what you feel,” said Troy Nemmers, city engineer/public works director. He told the board the latest guidance from the state requires the park’s shelter houses to continue to be closed, because of a gathering limit of 10 people, until at least June 1, when the governor will update his executive order.
City Park Superintendent Nick Lardy says work has been done to get the parks ready. When asked he said that he’s ready to open things up as soon as authorization is given by higher powers.. Park Board member Craig Nelson said at least the restrooms should be open. Park Board -City Council laison Randy Lubenow wished that at least a couple of picnic tables at each park could be brought out. Member Jodie Whitmore said the new Adventure Playground at Gomsrud Park needs some finishing touches and she hoped some use of that could be enjoyed before the summer is over.