As the number of new coronavirus cases in Tennessee has leveled off in recent weeks, the Winchester City Park has slowly begun to reopen its recreational options.
Winchester Parks and Recreation Director Darrell Jolley said that the only amenities in the park that have yet to reopen are the Citizens Pavilion and the Adventure Mountain playground.
Jolley said that the pavilion will likely reopen soon with new state orders allowing gatherings of up to 50 people.
“It definitely holds more than 50 people so we’re just going to have to tell the people that rent it to please adhere to the rules,” Jolley said.
Adventure Mountain presents a different issue altogether due to issues with keeping it properly sanitized.
“We’re just very skeptical about opening something where you just don’t know who, where or when people have been,” he said. “That will be the last thing we open, I’m sure.”
In regards to the rest of the park, Jolley said that he has seen a healthy amount of crowds in the area.
“It’s been good to see people out in the park,” he said.
The baseball, softball and soccer fields reopened recently with practices allowed on the fields by appointment from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The tennis and basketball courts are available to use under similar rules from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Appointments can be made by calling 931-581-1034.
The open-air pavilions at the park can be booked for rental by calling 931-962-4204.
The Winchester Swimplex has also been reopened with limited hours and occupancy.
The outdoor pool will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Cleaning and sanitizing of the area will be done from 1-2 p.m. each day.
Sunday hours for the pool are from noon to 4:30 p.m.
The pool will operate at 50 percent occupancy at all times when open to the general public.
The pool will also accommodate special parties, set up by appointment with a 55-person limit.
Swimming lessons are also planned. For further information on schedules, call 931-962-4204 or visit the Winchester Swimplex Facebook page.
Guests during regular pool hours will enter through the outside fence and go directly to the outdoor pool area.
An attendant will take each guest’s temperature when checking them in. Patrons will need to provide their own seating and will need to maintain social-distancing practices.
The indoor pool has less restrictive hours, but swimming is available only by appointment.
The indoor pool is open from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Appointments can be made by calling 931-800-9030.
To access the indoor pool, come to the front door. All guests will have their temperature scanned upon entering.