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     Welcome to the interactive website for the City of Hopkinsville's Division of Parks and Recreation.  As the year progresses this site will offer online registration and payment for park-sponsored events and programs, as well as online registration and payment for Parks and Recreation facility rentals.  Site users will also be on the front line of parks and recreation update and news.

Indoor Facilities Re-Open on Feb. 1 from COVID Pause

As of February 1, Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation indoor facilities are reopening for activities with strict COVID-19 guidelines in place.  Both the Thomas Street Rec Center and the Planters Bank-Jennie Stuart Health Sportsplex Hopkinsville are resuming events and group activities with strict COVID-19 guidelines, including a mask or face covering requirement for all guests — before, during and after facility participation — will remain in place for Sportsplex and Rec Center activity.

 
The reopening is the first time parks and rec indoor facilities are again offering activities since November 9, 2020.  The Sportsplex still has a pause on travel team tournaments until further notice.  The Rec Center will resume pickleball, church league volleyball, dance, Zumba classes and regulated meetings as previously scheduled.

Temperature checks and visitor sign-ins will also continue to be required upon entry at the front desk. Here is the complete list of rules and regulations and how they’ll apply to various groups at either location (as appropriate per venue):

General Walking

• Masks must be worn at all times by walkers.

Open Gym

• Limited to 10 persons per court

• No spectators

• Masks must be worn by all participants, at all times

Rentals/Team Practices

• Limited to 50 people per full court or turf space (25 on the half-courts)

• Masks must be worn by anyone who is not actively exercising in the competitive element of the scheduled practice

• Anyone waiting to join in an active scrimmage etc. must be masked

• Anyone in a general area (red zone portion of the floor) must be in a mask

• Only participants in the practice will be allowed in the gym; no spectators

League Games

• Limited to 50 spectators per full court or turf space (25 on the half-courts)

• Anyone in a general area (red zone portion of the floor) must be in a mask

• Spectators limited to 2 people per participant, up to the limits allowed by court/field restrictions

• All spectators and non-competitors in the contest, at that moment, must wear masks.

• Only the actively-participating athletes and assigned contest officials (referees) in the game, on the court/field at

that specific moment, are exempt from wearing a mask/face covering at all times

• Coaches and other club officials must be masked at all times

Party room rentals

• Party room is limited to 25 people

• Masks must be worn at all times when not eating or drinking

Additionally, in all cases:

• Temperatures will be checked at the door upon any entry

• Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 or higher will not be allowed to enter

• A thorough checklist of verification of non-exposure must be completed

• Signatures will be obtained of all entrants

• Surfaces will be sanitized following activities

• Entrance and exit doors will be identified, and their use will be enforced

• Water fountains will remain off

• Bleacher seating will not be allowed

• Multiple hand sanitizer stations will be readily available

Open gym capacity will be enforced on a first-come, first-serve basis. Daily availability, which will occur during regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Mondays-Saturdays) and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays, can be found by clicking “Today’s Schedule” on the front page of HopkinsvilleSportsplex.com.

No outside tournaments will be allowed at this time. As COVID numbers improve, circumstances change and protocols are relaxed, this restriction may be re-evaluated. The Sportsplex, which celebrated its two-year anniversary Jan. 9, will also continue to offer free walking from 8 a.m. to noon on weekdays. No registration is required.

Additionally, the Sportsplex will be extending the expiration date of all Annual Passes (purchased before Nov. 9, 2020) by three months, making up for the time when the facility was closed for open gym. No further action is needed in order to gain the Pass extension. Day Passes ($5) and Annual Passes ($40) can be purchased on site.

“We are beyond appreciative for the patience and understanding of our guests and supporters during the past few months,” said Sportsplex Facility Coordinator Tony Henson. “The health and safety of our visitors is paramount, which is why we will take and have taken appropriate measures to responsibly resume more activities.”

Batting and golf cages at the Plex will return to appointment-only, as space allows. Designated Cage Nights will also return to the facility and will be announced at a later date.

The Sportsplex will continue to follow Kentucky’s Healthy at Work and Healthy at Sports guidelines, including utilization of social distancing when possible. As the pandemic continues to unfold, the fluidity of conditions could lead to abrupt changes and updates at the discretion of Sportsplex management. Please refer to

www.HopkinsvilleSportsplex.com/COVID for current regulations.

Anouncements regarding league registration for indoor soccer, youth volleyball and more can also be found by following @HopSportsplex on major social media portals.

 

International Fest Moved to Virtual for 2021

 
February 1, 2021 - For the second year in a row, the 11th Annual Hopkinsville International Festival is canceled due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The popular local celebration of world culture was scheduled to return for its 11th year, March 26-27, 2021 at the Planters Bank-Jennie Stuart Health Sportsplex Hopkinsville, but event organizers have opted to forego an in-person format after consultation with local health, safety and city officials.

While the International Festival won’t be rescheduled in 2021, organizers do plan to film a brief, socially-distanced video overview that will provide event supporters an opportunity to virtually experience some of the flavor of I-Fest. Details regarding the airing of the virtual festival will be announced in the near future.

“A year ago, we hoped by now that we’d be in a position to bring back I-Fest for a grand return, but it’s just not in the cards,” said Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation Superintendent Tab Brockman. “This unique event brings together approximately 4,000 attendees over two days, and includes representatives, performers and vendors from a wonderful variety of different countries. As special as the event is, we agree with our public health and safety professionals that minimizing the risk for spreading the virus at an event of this size is the appropriate action.”

Refunds for vendors and others involved with the International Festival can be arranged through the Parks and Recreation office by calling 270-887-4290.

For updates and more information on I-Fest, visit its social media pages on Facebook and Twitter. 

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