Updated Rules on Billings City Parks – What About Sports?
In a memo released yesterday (5/5) the City of Billings has updated it's guidelines and current restrictions regarding the use of city parks, as we continue Phase 1 of reopening various portions of our community. They also outlined what will be required for any sporting activity planned for city parks.
When the city closed playground equipment, basketball courts, picnic areas and tennis courts a few weeks ago, many residents were upset. Now, one of the park amenities has been reopened.
- Tennis courts have been re-opened and nets have been re-installed.
- Basketball and volleyball courts will remain closed.
- Playground equipment will remain closed.
So what about spring sports? Many groups and sporting organizations use our public city parks for youth and adult athletics like soccer, flag football, baseball, etc. Here is the deal. If your group is interested in using a city park for group practices and games, you must outline your action plan AND get it approved by the city before beginning any activity. The following statement from Yellowstone County Health Officer John Felton stated:
If you have any questions regarding the rules or how to create your health plan, the city recommends you contact John Felton at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 406-651-6474. For park specific questions you can reach out to the park department at email@example.com or call 406-657-8371.
The Billings Park and Rec website states the City of Billings has 47 developed parks covering over 1,100 acres as well as 2,000+ acres of undeveloped recreation land for public use.