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Governor’s orders: Fort Wayne city playgrounds, splash pads to remain closed

FILE: Splash Pad

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - Just hours after the city announced that playgrounds and splash pads would open ahead of the holiday weekend, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb issued updated guidance on how the state will move forward in "Stage 3."

Before the state issued this updated guidance, the Fort Wayne Parks Department said it was opening area city playgrounds Friday.

However, due to updated state guidance, both playgrounds and city splash pads will remain closed.

In the previous edition of his "Stage 3" plans, playgrounds and similar facilities were slated to open.

However, Gov. Holcomb and his staff have changed course.

Gov. Holcomb said his staff will be determining exactly when playgrounds will be allowed to open based on guidance from the CDC and coronavirus data.

READ MORE: Gov. Holcomb’s updated ‘stage 3’ restrictions keep playgrounds closed; campgrounds open

Here's the updated list of facilities opening on Friday, May 22:

  • Johnny Appleseed Campground (opening Sunday, May 24)
  • Lawton Skate Park
  • Hurshtown Reservoir
  • All athletic courts (tennis, basketball, futsal, pickleball courts)
  • Athletic fields open for practice
  • All Park Restrooms

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Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

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