STOW – The weather may be warmer in May but activities will be limited because of COVID-19.
Parks and Recreation Director Linda Nahrstedt said the city is looking at the status of activities, programs, events and facilities in small increments.
"Our next time frame is May 4 through May 31," she said. "We have decided that most everything will stay closed through May 31."
Facility rentals have been cleared through May, but the city is taking reservations for dates further out, she said.
The Memorial Day Ceremony has been canceled in its traditional form, but the city is planning another way to honor veterans. Details will be released in the future.
A final decision on the Stow Pride Festival events is expected next week, Nahrstedt said. Planning has been halted on future events.
"Realistically, we do not see how the Pride Festival events can be held under current conditions this year," she said. "We are looking at what other options we have, or in what modified or scaled down way are we able hold an event."
The Pride Festival typically culminates with the Fourth of July parade.
Munroe Falls Mayor James Armstrong said he is allowing scheduled events to go forward unless something happens to prevent it. The city’s Veterans Day ceremony remains scheduled for Nov. 11.
"I want to keep things on the schedule instead of taking them off," Armstrong said.
In Stow, Summer Day Camp has been canceled, but the city is currently planning alternative activities for youth.
While the senior center is closed, the city is offering a lending cart with puzzles, books and games that seniors can pick up from the cart outside the senior center on Mondays and Thursdays from noon to 2 p.m. beginning next week.
"We are also keeping in touch with our seniors through emails and phone calls and by contacting those we have identified as possibly having a need," Nahrstedt said.
The city is planning online, remote, livestream and other types of programs to keep the community engaged, she said. The city parks and trails are open and available, but those using the parks should practice social distancing. The restrooms will remain closed.
"Our mission at this time is to provide avenues for our community to still enjoy recreational activities while adhering to social distancing protocols," Nahrstedt said.
If at any point, social distancing protocols are relaxed, the city will consider a semblance of a program or event, or a way of opening the dog park, campground or senior center, she said.
"And, at any time, should things all of a sudden open up, we will be poised to take advantage of that and salvage any summer programs to the extent possible," Nahrstedt said.
Farmer’s Markets in Stow, Munroe Falls will open in June
Market Manager Gary Aleman said the Farmer’s Market at Stow Community United Church of Christ at 1567 Pilgrim Drive will open June 6 and celebrate its 10th year in Stow.
Like grocery stores, farmers’ markets are considered essential businesses and they will have pandemic protocols with social distancing, hand washing stations, hand sanitizers throughout, promote face masks and limit the number of customers as much as possible, Aleman said.
"We’re trying to accommodate customers in a safe and healthy manner as much as possible," he said. "We want to promote the purchase of locally made goods, produce and plants as well as support small businesses."
The Munroe Falls Farmers’ Market at Brust Park, 128 North Main St., will begin June 16 and be open every Tuesday.
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