The City Reopens WeHo Park and Plummer Park with Limitations that Include Reserving a Space

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Photo by Paulo Murillo for WEHO TIMES

Paul Arevalo, the City of West Hollywood City Manager and Director of Emergency Services, issued a tenth Emergency Executive Order (2020-10) on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 Implementing Emergency Measures to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19. The Emergency Executive Order 2020-10 establishes the limited reopening of West Hollywood Park and Plummer Park via an online park space reservation system only.

Reservations are available at Plummer Park in the Vista Lawn and Fuller Lawn areas and at West Hollywood Park in the Great Lawn area. Reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Numbered spaces will be outlined in the grass and City staff will be available to assist users’ with finding their spaces. Individuals can book a space for a two-hour block between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. There is no cost to reserve a park space. Park visitors at all City of West Hollywood parks are subject to the following guidelines, based on Emergency Executive Order 2020-07 and updated accordingly, and any other applicable city, county or state requirements:

a. Visitors at Plummer Park and West Hollywood Park shall use the park in the reserved space. At all other parks, physical distancing of 6 feet between groups that are not part of the same household is required. Avoid crowded areas.

b. Organized activities and group fitness classes, yoga instruction, dog training and personal training sessions are not permitted in any city park, including neighborhood parks.

c. Face coverings are required under Executive Order 2020-03.

d. Water fountains shall remain closed. Members of the public are encouraged to bring water from home.

e. Bathrooms remain closed.

f. Visitors shall leave the area clean and remove all personal items and trash before leaving park.

g. Playground and exercise equipment remain closed.

The City of West Hollywood requires face coverings at all times while in public and social distancing rules of at least 6 feet should continue to be followed, even when outdoors. Reservations can be made by visiting the West Hollywood Recreation Park and Facility Reservation system online at https://apm.activecommunities.com/weho. Those wishing to make a reservation must have an Active Net account, which can be easily created at the above link. Individuals will receive a confirmation email when their reservation is approved. For all other City of West Hollywood Recreation programs, please visit www.weho.org/recreation.

The limited reopening Order is aimed at safeguarding the health and safety of community members. The parks were previously closed on July 23, 2020 following numerous reports by City staff and the West Hollywood Station of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department that visitors to these City parks were observed not complying with park rules adopted to curb the spread of COVID-19. At the time of the park closures, approximately 50 percent of park users failed to comply with the City’s face covering requirements and social (physical) distancing protocols and altered and/or destroyed protective barriers intended to keep playgrounds and basketball courts closed.

At this time, neighborhood parks and dog parks at West Hollywood Park and William S. Hart Dog Park remain open, subject to park users’ compliance with face covering and social distancing requirements. Park patrons are subject to Administrative Citation for not voluntarily using face coverings. Additionally, tennis courts at West Hollywood Park and Plummer Park will remain open at this time. As with dog parks, City staff and Sheriff’s personnel will closely monitor adherence to requirements. Tennis players not adhering to health and safety protocols are subject to Administrative Citation as well as a one-year suspension of iTennis membership and court reservation privileges.

The continued availability of tennis courts at West Hollywood Park and Plummer Park is dependent upon players following strict standards set forth by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and protocols that have been established to be consistent with safe-play practices issued by the United States Tennis Association (USTA), International Tennis Federation (ITF), and the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA). Details are available at www.weho.org/tennis.

Parks, dog parks, and tennis courts are subject to closure should users continue to disregard health and safety protocols, despite signage, education, and enforcement efforts.

The City of West Hollywood has had a mandatory face covering requirement in effect since Saturday, May 23, 2020. Full text of Emergency Executive Order 2020-3 requiring face coverings is available on the City’s website (PDF) at www.weho.org/home/showdocument?id=46373. The State of California and County of Los Angeles have also directed the use of face coverings in public.

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