ERWIN — The Town of Erwin Parks and Recreation Department decided this week to officially suspend all of its fall sports programs, citing the safety of participants, coaches, parents and staff as it relates to COVID-19 concerns.
This decision coincides with the latest executive order from Gov. Roy Cooper, Phase 2.5, which eases some restrictions on crowd gathering and opens playgrounds, but still requires everyone to exercise certain precautions to contain the virus. Phase 2.5 is set to extend through Oct. 2.
"The Erwin Parks and Recreation Department is committed to serving one of its primary missions...'It's the kids that count,'" read a statement from the department."
"After having to cancel our spring sports, we really wanted to host a fall sports program and get back on the field. But, once again, the safety of everyone is always one of our top priorities."
In August, Erwin leaders joined the rest of Harnett County Parks and Rec departments in postponing youth football and soccer leagues due to the high-risk nature of the sports to spread coronavirus.
Al Woodall Park will be open to the public this fall for those looking to use batting cages and ball fields for "free play." The open sessions start Sept. 14 and will be held every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m.
All participants are required to follow state guidelines such as wearing masks and practicing social distancing.
Any questions should be directed to Doug Stevens or Don Wilson at 910-897-5840.