E’town tennis courts ready to serve with new guidelines

Elizabethtown tennis courts reopen to the public today with added safety guidelines.

With added restrictions, tennis courts in Elizabethtown are once again open for play after weeks of closures amid COVID-19. Courts are available at Freeman Lake Park, American Legion Park and Uni­versity Drive.

With these reopenings comes a list of requirements for players to follow. Elizabethtown Parks and Recreation director Seth Breitner said the requirements were drafted based on guidelines from the United States Tennis Association. The city also communicated with the Lincoln Trail District Health Depart­ment on the court reopenings.

“All of the recreation agencies I’m aware of are utilizing these guidelines,” Breitner said. “I think everybody is going through and trying to reopen as they can on their schedule with what works for them.”

Some of these guidelines include prohibiting court use to anyone who feels sick or has been exposed to COVID-19; requiring each player to bring their own marked tennis balls; prohibiting players from touching their opponent’s tennis balls; requiring players to use “every other court” to ensure social distancing; requiring players remain apart when taking breaks; prohibiting lessons; observing a 90-minute court time limit; requiring players to remain in their vehicles when waiting for a court to become available; requiring players to bring their own water as water fountains and bathrooms will be off-limits and requiring players to clean up after themselves when finished.

Breitner said signage will be installed at courts displaying these rules.

In addition to tennis court reopenings, Elizabethtown Parks and Recreation also reopened pavilions at Freeman Lake Park today with a limit of 10 people per pavilion. Playgrounds, dog parks, basketball courts, baseball fields, soccer fields and volleyball courts will remain off-limits for the time-being.

The City of Radcliff has no immediate plans to reopen tennis courts in the city, according to Radcliff Parks and Recreation director Tim Jeffries.

Elizabethtown Tennis Commission president Teri Christensen said in addition to following city guidelines, tennis players also should avoid touching surfaces such as gates, fences and vending machines and should avoid placing towels and equipment on areas such fences and benches. She said as long as tennis enthusiasts follow guidelines, the reopening is great news for the community.

“We recognize that the safety of our community comes first, but believe tennis is an excellent outlet that can promote healthy activity while practicing social distancing,” she said. “We expect our tennis community will be respectful of the guidelines and follow them so that we can continue to enjoy our tennis facilities.”

Andrew Critchelow can be reached at 270-505-1746 or acritchelow@thenewsenterprise.com.

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