Parks & Recreation facility closures

Maureen BradyCity, Parks & Recreation

Following the direction of Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health, the City of Lawrence will be closing its indoor Parks and Recreation facilities and canceling programming for 14 days, beginning immediately and running through Sunday, March 29. Affected facilities include:

  • Community Building, 115 W. 11th St.
  • East Lawrence Center, 1245 E. 15th St.
  • Holcom Park Recreation Center, 2700 W. 27th St.
  • Indoor Aquatic Center, 4706 Overland Drive
  • Prairie Park Nature Center, 2730 Harper St.
  • Sports Pavilion Lawrence, 100 Rock Chalk Lane

In addition to the center closures, Parks and Recreation will be canceling all aquatic, nature and recreation classes, which include dance, fitness, martial arts and gymnastics, as well as adult and youth sports leagues during this time period. All indoor and outdoor sports team practices have also been cancelled. Special Populations and Lifelong Recreation programming had previously been canceled through Sunday, March 29.

Parks and Recreation is working on plans to refund and/or pro-rate any classes with dates scheduled during these closures. We are confirming the details of this process, and we ask for patience as we coordinate this process. Participants in programming will be notified of the process at a later date.

Eagle Bend Golf Course will remain open, pending further direction from Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health. The Parks and Recreation administrative office in South Park will also remain open.

The City of Lawrence is currently in the process of communicating to employees how these closures will affect Parks and Recreation staff, including seasonal and part-time employees.

We realize the burden these closures may cause to members of our community, but your health and safety has always been – and will continue to be – the priority of the City of Lawrence. We respect and appreciate the guidance from our partners at Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health, and we will continue to follow their lead when it comes to your safety. Any changes to the closure, including its extension will be announced as decisions are made.

For additional information on COVID-19 and the latest guidelines from Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health, visit their website: LDCHealth.org/Coronavirus. The City of Lawrence is sharing coronavirus-related City news on the City website: lawrenceks.org/coronavirus.

For any questions, please contact the Parks and Recreation department 832-3450 or parksrec@lawrenceks.org.