Troy closes recreation center, will not cut off utilities during coronavirus outbreak

Published 1:57 pm Tuesday, March 17, 2020

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The City of Troy has closed the Troy Recreation Center and is also making some changes to other services as officials continue to monitor the COVID-19 coronavirus.

“In keeping with the advice of the CDC and ADPH and local officials, our emphasis is on the health and wellbeing of all of our customers,” said Dan Smith, director of Troy Parks and Recreation. “Beginning today, the recreation center is closed to the general public, but our administrative offices are open.”

The facility will remain closed until at least April 6, while the token-fed batting cages will be closed until April 11.

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The playgrounds at the Sportsplex and at other local parks remain open, but Smith urged caution to parents as the playground surfaces are difficult to clean and could be contaminated.

“The surfaces of the playgrounds are porous and not easily cleaned,” Smith said. “Parents need to be advised to bring their own hand sanitizer for use before, during and after use.”

The outdoor walking trails are also open for use.

“We encourage people to take advantage of the spring weather and longer days to get out and exercise to strengthen the health and immune systems during this time,” Smith said. “The trails have actually been busier than usual the past few days. Just don’t shake hands and keep your distance from others.”

The Troy Public Library will remain open, but visitors will be limited to one hour in the facility. The inter-library loan service has also been temporarily suspended at this time.

“We want to provide access to the library for as long as we can so residents can take advantage of the things available there,” Reeves said. “We’re taking precautions from to keep things sanitary and protect our employees and visitors.”

City Hall remains open at normal hours, but Reeves encouraged residents to use online services as possible to reduce the need for contact. He also advised residents who do need to come in face-to-face to call ahead so that arrangements can be made for a safe and sanitary visit.

Although residents are encouraged to pay utility bills in the usual timely manner, Reeves said residents will not be cut off for nonpayment at this time as people are being advised to stay home.