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The final phase of the city of Douglasville’s reopening includes public gathering spaces such as the Douglasville Conference Center and many outdoor park amenities. At Hunter Park, pictured, new outdoor workout equipment for public use has been installed.

Special to the Sentinel

The city of Douglasville is implementing its third and final portion of a phased reopening process on July 1. The final phase will include the reopening of public gathering spaces, including the Douglasville Conference Center and many of its outdoor park amenities.

Where phase two of the process saw the reopening of the Ike Owings and Alice J. Hawthorne community centers, phase three will allow those facilities to be rented once again and will include an expanded reopening of all other park amenities.

“All city playgrounds will be open with strict social distancing guidelines being enforced,” Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation Chris Bass said. “Signage explaining those guidelines will be placed at all playgrounds and staff will continue to monitor those areas to prevent overcrowding.”

New amenities and programs will also be introduced with the reopening. During the closure, Hunter Park installed new outdoor workout equipment for public use. A new bike program will allow park visitors the opportunity to rent bikes and ride throughout the park on a mapped course. A six-week group ride program will also be offered and guided by park staff.

“Since the pandemic, park staff has been developing a new outdoor recreation initiative so citizens can take advantage of recreation programs and still follow the CDC guidelines on social distancing,” Bass added.

Field rentals will also be available once again. This allows teams to resume practicing with limited numbers. Field reservations can be made by contacting Jesse Mosely at moselyj@douglasvillega.gov or by calling 770-920-3007.

For further information about facility reopening, visit www.DouglasvilleGA.gov or call City Hall at 770-920-3000.