Franklin, Tenn. (WKRN) — Franklin parks are taking extra precautions to make sure people stay safe while enjoying the great outdoors.
With many people off work and school, combined with warmer weather, city officials say they’re seeing plenty of traffic at its parks. Although parks will remain open, the City of Franklin is limiting close contact at this time.
“Many families enjoy our City parks and they can still do that in wide-open spaces and keeping a physical distance of six feet from non-family members,” City Administrator Eric Stuckey said. “Some folks are continuing to gather in close-contact spaces like playgrounds, basketball courts, dog parks, skate parks, and batting cages. In order to protect everyone, we are closing those spaces until further notice.”
Thursday, batting cages and basketball courts were closed at Jim Warren Park and the batting cages at Liberty Park.
Starting Friday, playgrounds will be closed. The skate park at Jim Warren Park is also closed until further notice, along with dog parks at Harlinsdale Farm and Liberty Park. Dogs are still allowed in other areas of parks, as long as they are on a leash. Restrooms will remain open.
The city also reminds families to only congregate in groups of 10 or less.
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