When the City of Crookston Parks & Recreation Department this week announced that all summer youth and adult programming has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was noted that City parks are available for people to go out and get some fresh air and be active.

    That’s a change from when the stay-at-home executive order first came down from Gov. Tim Walz in March. In the wake of the order, Parks & Rec staff wrapped caution tape around playground equipment in City parks to keep kids and families away.

    Much of that tape is now gone, Parks & Rec Director Scott Riopelle says, whether it was taken down or succumbed to the elements. It will not be replaced, he adds.

    Instead, signs have been posted at City parks reminding visitors that they are using the parks at their own risk and that the equipment will not be sanitized by City personnel.

    The City asks that park visitors continue to practice social distancing.