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Public Parks open June 18

Council approves start of baseball/softball activities at Tuxedo Park under new guidelines

COVID-19 guidelines, Tuxedo Park, Crete, NE.

Public Parks: The City of Crete will reopen public parks and playgrounds to public access on Thursday, June 18 after a vote at the regular city council meeting on June 2. 

The public is strongly encouraged to follow basic social distancing recommendations when visiting the city’s public parks. Individual groups should be six people or less and should have at least six feet separation from other groups. Gatherings in all should be limited to 25 people or less. All recommendations can be found in current statewide Directed Health Measures documents, which took affect statewide on June 1, allowing businesses, venues, and other facilities to reopen under certain guidelines.

Baseball practices resumed at Tuxedo Park on June 1 and games are allowed to begin June 18.

Crete's parks and playgrounds have been officially closed to public access since April 23.

Wildwood Pool: Mayor Dave Bauer, city council members, and city officials further discussed Wildwood Pool at the June 2 meeting and determined it was in the best interests of the city and community that the pool remain closed this summer.

City officials based their decision on a number of items, including existing public health recommendations, hygiene and cleaning requirements, the ability to monitor social distancing guidelines, the ability to certify enough staff and total staffing considerations, and the ability to monitor attendance fairly to all community residents based on allowed pool capacity limits in place under the current DHM.

City officials are in contact with a number of public health, state, and risk management officials as well as counterparts in other cities and towns. Some municipal pools in the state are choosing to reopen under strict capacity limits and disinfection procedures, while others will stay closed this season.

City Parks and Recreation staff will continue regular maintenance projects at the pool throughout the summer. The splash pad is still set for replacement after becoming inoperable during the 2019 season.

Read more about the DHM and additional public health guidelines, recommendations and restrictions:

Find contact information for City Hall and city officials.

Original Post: As of April 23, all City of Crete parks and city properties are closed to public access. Signs will be posted to inform the public.

With the impending pandemic issues facing the community, the city is in a position to help slow the spread of this virus and by minimizing any associated contacts at any level, the city will be doing what it can to meet the best interests and expectations of the public.

These decisions are not being made lightly and will be rolled back at the first prudent opportunity to do so without jeopardizing the health and welfare of the public.


City Council approves start of baseball/softball at Tuxedo Park on June 18

Update June 3: The City of Crete allowed the start of baseball and softball practices at Tuxedo Park under new statewide guidelines after a special meeting on May 26.

Governor Pete Ricketts and public health officials recently released information regarding the opening of baseball, softball, and other limited-contact and non-contact sports practices on June 1, with games allowed starting on June 18.

Mayor Dave Bauer, city council members, and city officials discussed the list of social distancing guidelines for players and coaches as well as procedures for the use of fields, dugouts and related facilities. Guidelines also include procedures for before and after all practices and games, limited fan attendance and fan seating, and regular cleaning of shared equipment. 

Local American Legion baseball program officials were involved in the special meeting to discuss the process as it relates to city facilities used by local teams, namely Thom Stallard Legion Baseball Field.

The city prepared field use and management agreements, as well as participant releases, related to COVID-19 and adherence to guidelines required for use of the Tuxedo Park facilities. Only individuals and groups with these completed documents on file with the city may use the Tuxedo Park facilities at this time.

The city's other parks remain closed to public access at this time.

There is no post-season play for American Legion baseball programs this year due to the public health situation, however, it was announced in May that a regular season would be allowed for programs wishing to participate.

The Crete Diamonds organization for youth softball teams previously announced they had canceled their 2020 summer season.

See more on the DHHS statewide guidance for reopening sports activities.

For more information, contact the Parks and Recreation Department or see a list of city officials.