Montgomery Parks Expands Athletic Field Access For ‘Low and Medium Risk Sports’

Montgomery Parks is expanding its access to athletic fields to allow youth and adult games for low- and medium-risk sports. Only groups of 50 people or less are permitted.

According to a press release, fields at local parks are currently available. Fields at regional and recreational parks will be available starting Sept. 1. Meanwhile, tournaments are not currently permitted in athletic fields.

Games and tournaments have been canceled since March due to the COVID-19 health crisis. Montgomery Parks officials say high-risk sports games, such as soccer, football, and rugby, are not permitted. Practice and skill-building drills for high-risk sports are permitted.

Sports are categorized by risk by the Maryland Sports Commission Return to Play Committee Report.

“We recognize that people are eager to get back out on the fields for gameplay, and we are pleased to be able to offer that opportunity now, with the understanding that the health and safety of park patrons and staff is our first priority,” said Director of Montgomery Parks, Mike Riley.

All staff and field users must follow the CDC, state, and county guidelines related to COVID-19, including face-covering social distancing requirements.

All athletic fields, including local and regional park athletic fields and athletic fields located at schools, are available to permit holders for the fall season on a first-come, first-served basis. Montgomery Parks officials say they will allow access to its athletic fields without an athletic field permit, but non-permitted users must relinquish the field to permit holders.

Also, Montgomery Parks will be offering permits for picnic shelters starting September 1. Information for obtaining a permit can be found here.

Click here for a complete list of Montgomery Parks program and facility updates.

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