Tulsa City, County and River Parks Close Playgrounds, Other Park Facilities

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Credit Tulsa Parks

Updated March 26, 2 p.m.

City of Tulsa, Tulsa County and River Parks playgrounds are closing.

In a COVID-19 briefing Thursday, officials said people continue to gather at them in large groups despite the pandemic and bans on gatherings of 10 or more people.

City of Tulsa and River parks dog parks, skate parks and sports courts close today.

For Tulsa County, only playgrounds are closed starting Friday, but county commissioners may decide to close tennis courts at a special meeting. The county's indoor tennis courts were already closed.

City and county golf courses remain open.

Mayor G.T. Bynum said residents can still visit open spaces at parks, but they should avoid large groups and stay six feet away from others.

"We want you to utilize the park system that you, the citizens of Tulsa, pay for at this time, but we have to be smart about it. Getting in giant groups of people and playing volleyball and basketball is not a smart thing to be doing," Bynum said.

The city cannot assign police officers to enforce the closures.

"But what I would ask all parents to be aware of is that the City of Tulsa does not have the ability to go out and sanitize every playground and piece of equipment with the frequency that would be needed to keep it safe. And so, if you’re letting your kid play on that equipment, you are allowing your child to play in an unsafe environment," Bynum said.

Facilities are closed until further notice. People wanting to report violations of gathering or business restrictions in the City of Tulsa can call 918-596-9222.