Announcements & News
Parks Begin Reopening June 1 From COVID-19 Closure
Green spaces, pavilions, disc golf courses among locations again available to public
The first of three reopening phases began June 1, as the Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation Department started making select parks and areas available to the public. The majority of Parks and Recreation facilities had been closed since March 15 following the COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent Governor-mandated shutdowns.
Phase I of the reopening structure kicked off June 1 with green spaces, pavilions at DeBow Recreational Complex and Ruff Park, restrooms, disc golf courses at DeBow and Trail of Tears Park, Hopkinsville Skatepark, Thomas Street Rec Center, Second Street Community Building and Planters Bank-Jennie Stuart Health Sportsplex all coming back online for public use.
All rentals and usage remain limited to 10 people or less, per current state guidelines. Due to state competition restrictions and regulations, all outdoor basketball courts remain closed until August.
“It was a really good feeling to already see some folks outside on the DeBow soccer fields Monday morning,” said Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation Superintendent Tab Brockman. “We are very proud of the community’s facilities, and it’s been difficult to watch them go unused. We are thrilled to begin the process of letting people return to the local parks, and rediscovering our wonderful community.”
The reopening plan’s Phase II, scheduled for June 15, will add tennis courts and select playgrounds to the fray. Phase III, set for July 1, will begin expanding group sizes to at least 50. Hoptown’s Parks and Recreation Division has been integral to the Commonwealth’s overall reopening plan, helping to serve on a Kentucky Recreation and Parks Society pandemic task force.
All Sportsplex activities, including basketball shoot-arounds, batting cages and indoor cornhole, are currently appointment-only. Call 270-985-1700 for more information or to book your spot.
For all other Parks-related questions and reservations, call 270-887-4290 or check out updates on the Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation Facebook page. A revised list of local events can be found at www.HoptownRec.com.
Pickleball at the Rec returning June 8, 2020
Pickleball at the Hopkinsville Recreation Department will be returning to Thomas Street Center on June 29, 2020. We will be offering pickle ball on Mondays (9:00am -11:00am, 5:30pm -8:30 pm) and Wednesdays (1:00pm-3:00pm). Due to the restrictions in place because of the pandemic, at this time we will be limited to gatherings of 50 or less.
Important Information: (please read below)
1. limited to gatherings of 50 or less.
2. masks recommended for building guests when entering the building.
3. check-in and temperature checks when entering indoor facilities
5. hand sanitizers available at entrances
6. there is signage with rules and health/sanitary reminders
7. there will be no seating available for spectators during specified times.
8. there will be no access to public water fountains.
9. no equipment will be available for check-out, must bring own equipment.
10. restrooms will be open.
*Revised* 2020 Activities, Events and Programs
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5th Annual Summer Salute Cancelled Due to COVID-19
The battle against the COVID-19 outbreak has generated state and national public restrictions for gatherings that underscore the difficulty of safely bringing together 30,000 people who were anticipated for this year’s celebration.
Scheduled for Aug. 28-29, 2020 in downtown Hoptown, Summer Salute is a two-day music festival with food and craft vendors, rides, multiple stages of musical genres and a slew of other free activities. The event caps off with a national musical artist on Saturday night, as thousands of families and fans stream into downtown to play, eat, relax and enjoy all types of music.
This year's cancellation is particularly difficult, given that Summer Salute was recently selected as a Southeast Tourism Society (STS) Top 20 Festival & Event winner for August 2020. STS, which covers a 13-state region, is a non-profit organization that advocates for and promotes tourism in the Southeastern United States.
Like all major festivals, Summer Salute requires performance and service contracts with financial agreements that require advance deposits. With the uncertainty surrounding where our region will be with public health restrictions in late summer, the prudent financial decision also clearly pointed to cancelling the event known as "the largest party of the summer."
“Everyone shares in our disappointment about canceling Summer Salute,” said Parks and Recreation Superintendent Tab Brockman. “The festival has grown to be Hopkinsville’s largest single entertainment event with help from so many city and county agencies, sponsors, and other groups working together to make it happen. Our Parks and Rec team has worked hard building the annual event and really enjoys seeing the smiles as our community has fun over the two days of the festival.
“We intend to bring Summer Salute back bigger and better than ever in 2021," he continued. "Thanks to the continued commitment of our community sponsors, there were new additions planned for this year’s festival that we’ll have to unveil next summer. We are already working with this year’s fabulous Saturday night act and hope to know soon if we can get them booked as the headliner for next year’s festival."
Full refunds will be issued to all vendors already signed up for this Summer Salute. Call the Parks and Recreation office at 270-887-4290.
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