City council approves by 3-2 vote to reopen  green space at NW Park and the Dog Park

Melvin Figueroa (pictured) of Pro Techs Surfacing, LLC of Copley, Ohio, scoops some virgin blue rubber out of a wheel barrow to put on some underneath buffings in the playground area at Halferty Park in Chariton Thursday morning. The men from Pro Techs Surfacing were putting in the surfacing this past Wednesday and Thursday as part of the Halferty Park restoration project. The virgin blue rubber was the top course and the men put in the underneath buffings as well, which are made of recycled tires. When the playground restoration is done at Halferty Park, it will be the first handicap accessible park in Chariton. (Bill Howes photo)

Playground equipment and restrooms at both parks are still closed

At their meeting May 18, the Chariton City Council approved by a 3-2 vote to reopen the green space at both the Chariton Dog Park at Franklin Park and at Northwest Park.

The playground equipment at both parks is still closed due to Gov. Kim Reynolds’ proclamation. The restrooms are still closed at both parks as well and will remain closed until the playgrounds can be opened back up.

Chariton City Manager Laura Liegois said that social distancing will be expected at booth parks with people remaining at least six feet apart from each other and that in mass gatherings, there should be no more than 10 people in a group.

Also, at the Dog Park it has been posted than no more than 10 people will be allowed on each side of the fence. One side of the fence has the small dog area and the other has the large dog area. The small dog area can have up to 10 people at one time and the large dog area can have up to 10 people at one time.

The Chariton City Council voted to close Northwest Park and the Dog Park to the public back at their April 6 meeting due to COVID-19 concerns.

Read the May 26, 2020 edition of the Chariton Leader/Herald-Patriot for the rest of the story.

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