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Many recreation, camp and library programs will be canceled or modified for summer 2020

Posted April 21, 2020

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Summer programming provided by the City of Fort Worth will look very different in 2020 due to public health concerns and budget constraints associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here’s what to expect:

Summer Day Camp

The city will not conduct its traditional nine-week Summer Day Camp because there is too much uncertainty associated with the pandemic and its impacts; because of the city’s hiring freeze; and because hosting 1,800 or more children at city facilities would be inadvisable in the next few weeks, even after the economy begins to reopen.

However, there may be alternative camp experiences to fill a vital and essential community need. Once stay-at-home orders are rescinded, residents will get back to work and many will turn to the city to educate, entertain and take care of their children at a reasonable cost. Smaller mini-camps with existing community center staff are planned.

Mobile Recreation

The Mobile Recreation program is usually offered free of charge at four sites in the summer. This year, a limited program is planned at two sites from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participation will likely be limited to 50 young people per site.

Aquatics

Fort Worth will not open swimming pools at Forest Park and Marine Park in late May as usual. There is still too much uncertainty associated with the pandemic and its impacts, and lifeguards cannot obtain required certifications at this time. A late opening of these pools may be feasible, subject to appropriate public health guidelines.

The spray ground at Sycamore Community Center will open when it is safe to do so.

Youth sports

Depending on when emergency restrictions are lifted, youth sports staff may be able to offer some basketball, soccer and other sports camps and clinics at Sycamore Community Center this summer. The summer volleyball league is suspended.

Adult sports

The spring seasons for flag football, volleyball, softball and basketball have been suspended. Summer leagues for these sports – scheduled to begin in May and June – will also be suspended. The Fort Worth Cup soccer tournament and the Fort Worth Classic softball tournament will remain on the August schedule, pending future decisions about lifting emergency restrictions.

Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge and other library services

The summer challenge will transition to an online platform in June and will introduce a “Warm up for Summer” program in May. This will allow users of all ages to sign up for the program and log their reading while the library buildings are closed.

Live performer-based programming, such as Third Thursday Jazz, have been postponed. Online programming will continue, including the Stay at Home Book Club, a new teen book club on Discord, computer courses, craft instruction, Spanish classes and more.

It is unclear at this time when the libraries will reopen this summer and with what level of service.

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