OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM
PERSON COUNTY RECREATION, ARTS AND PARKS
With the coronavirus, or COVID-19, in the news, we wanted to update you on how Person County Recreation, Arts, and Parks Department is addressing the issue. Our Department and other local partner organizations are taking measures to prepare for the potential spread of the virus, which includes considering the safety of our citizens, park program participants, facility users, volunteers, visitors, employees.
Postponements/cancellation of activities, programs, and facility rentals will run through Monday, April 13, 2020. Person County will continue to monitor the Coronavirus situation as health officials make information available. We are taking a proactive approach as to not have large groups of people gathering in one place. We are making this decision based on recommendations and in the best interest of our County Residents.
These postponements will take place in the following Parks Divisions: Athletics, Mayo Lake Park, Kirby Cultural Arts Complex, Special Programs, and Rentals/facilities. See below for specific details.
Athletics Division: Under the advisement of Little League and following suit of the North Carolina High School Association all athletic events have been suspended.
-Little League Baseball/Softball practices and games
-Youth Volleyball practices and games
-Adult Volleyball practices and games
-Adult soccer practices and games
No indoor rentals until April 13th. No outdoor facility rentals that exceeds 10 or more people in a single gathering. Camping is allowed at this time. Campsites/RV sites have a maximum of 6 people.
Special Programs, Recreational Events, and Classes:
All programs postponed until April 13. Program continuation will be reassessed on this date.
Kirby Cultural Arts Complex
No indoor rentals and all programs have been postponed until April 13, 2020.
Rentals and Facility Usage
No indoor rentals until April 13th. No outdoor facility use that exceeds 10 or more people in a single gathering.
Members of our community should also follow the guidance of the NCDHHS and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Specifically:
• Stay home if you are sick.
• Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, and for at least 20 seconds each time.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
• Do not reuse tissue after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
• Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.
The Person County Recreation, Arts and Parks Department's mission is to promote and provide opportunities to enjoy meaningful leisure experiences with the provision of quality leadership, the development and maintenance of safe recreational facilities, the conservation and preservation of natural and open spaces, and creative programming in the areas of Arts, Athletics, Community Programs and the Environment that are essential to the well-being of all of our citizens and high quality of life in Person County.
Person County has the distinction of being the oldest County Recreation Department in North Carolina. Programs were begun in the 40's with full funding occurring in 1961. A variety of programs are offered through our Athletics, Cultural Arts and Special Programs departments, as well as programming through Mayo Park. In addition to programs, many park facilities include lighted walking tracks, playground equipment and picnic shelters.