We are happy to announce that beginning May 20th, Newtown Parks and Recreation will be opening Dickinson and Treadwell Parks.
Our local parks, trails and open spaces have always served as places where people can find respite and seek peace and restoration. During this time of uncertainty, these spaces are needed now more than ever. Our team is working hard to maintain these spaces and keep them safe, accessible and a benefit to our community during these challenging times. Let us all do our part to use them in a way that respects each other and public health guidance. If the CDC guidelines and rules are not followed we will have to close the parks. Please do your part to help keep them open.
At Dickinson and Treadwell Parks it is important to know that:
*There will be no organized sports of any kind allowed on athletic fields
*Playgrounds will be fenced off and closed
*Basketball courts will be locked
*Tennis and pickleball nets will be put up with signs that specify singles matches and other guidelines for safer play
*Restrooms will be locked due to the amount of sanitization required and the inability to control these areas for social distancing. We will have porta potties but you must bring hand sanitizer.
*We will not put out picnic tables at Dickinson and will close off Treadwell Pavilion (we encourage guests to bring picnic blankets)
On May 20th and moving forward, Parks and Recreation will have Park Ambassadors greeting guests as they drive into the park, not all day everyday, but often and regularly. They will be checking for resident and non resident permits and giving information to all visitors while also keeping an eye to monitor CDC guidelines are being followed and no one is attempting to use those closed amenities. Non residents will be guided to purchase a permit online or through our office to use the parks, at $150 per sticker for the season at https://www.newtown-ct.gov/parks-recreation
Police will also be doing directed patrol and help watch that rules and CDC guidelines are being followed and individuals will not be using closed amenities.
At this time we will not be opening the Dog Park and Skate Park
In places such as parks, trails and open spaces, we encourage all users to follow these recommendations:
Refrain from using parks or trails if they are exhibiting symptoms.
Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to and during use of parks or trails.
Prepare for limited access to public restrooms or water fountains.
While on trails, warn other users of their presence, and step aside to let others pass.
Follow CDC guidance on the recommended size of social gatherings including outdoor picnicking, pick-up sports and other group hangouts, and maintain proper physical distance at all times.
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.
Consult their local and state ordinances and guidelines for the most up to date recommendations on park and trail use.
Please call our office @ 203-270-4340 M-F 8:00am- 4:30pm if you have any further questions.