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Bakersfield, Kern County spray parks open Wednesday

Posted at 11:59 AM, Jun 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-10 14:59:52-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Wednesday the city and county will re-open spray parks just in time for the summer. 23ABC's Daniela Garrido has more on the guidelines residents will have to follow.

With temperatures expected to hit the hundreds this week, now residents can cool down at the city or county spray parks.

"The city is excited that the recreational department can reopen our spray parks this week," said City of Bakersfield spokesman Joe Conroy. "They had been closed because of concerns of the coronavirus and trying to limit the spread for the time being."

The Kern County Public Health Department gave the green light this week on opening spray parks with guidelines in place as part of the county moving into Phase Three. Spray park users are encouraged to keep six feet of social distancing as well as use soap and water to wash hands.

"There will be some signage out at each spray park reminding people to take precautions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19," explained Conroy. "Make sure all shared and commonly touched surfaces are sanitized as much as possible."

Although the city has kept parks open, some amenities continue to be closed.

"The basketball courts we removed the rims and the nets of pickleball courts but those have been returned and we hope to get basketball courts up soon."

The city says most spray parks will be running Wednesday but some may need maintenance and will be opening by the weekend at least.