City of Fort Smith Parks Limits Access to Specific Playground Equipment

Contact: Jurena L. Storm, CAP-OM

Office of Mayor George B. McGill

City of Fort Smith, Arkansas

Office: (479) 784-2344 Cell: (479) 221-7831





For Immediate Release


City of Fort Smith Parks Limits Access to Specific

Playground Equipment


FORT SMITH, Ark. (March 26, 2020) – Following the lead of Sebastian County Judge, David Hudson, the City of Fort Smith Parks & Recreation Department has limited access to specific playground equipment at Fort Smith City Parks.

Doing all we can to slow the spread of COVID-19, the City of Fort Smith is taking measures to safeguard the public health. Following the recommendations from the CDC, ADH, and Governor Hutchinson.  This order will include all City owned parks.

Director of the Parks & Recreation Department, Doug Reinert stated “as temperatures warm up we want to go outside for fresh air.  However, we must continue to practice social distancing and be aware of our surrounding.  Covid-19 can remain on plastic and metal surfaces for days. Therefore, we must refrain from using playground equipment and exercise equipment in our parks.  Ride your bikes, hike, go for a walk or go for a run but, remain at least 6ft away from others.  Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer often. Social gatherings of more than ten (10) are banned per directive from Governor Hutchinson”.

Fort Smith’s Skate and Bike Park bowls and pump tracks will remain open.  As well as, the walking and biking trails with strict social distancing rules.  If you choose to go for a walk, or exercise outside, please maintain a distance of six feet from people who are not part of your household.

City Administrator, Carl Geffken, said “The Fort Smith Parks and Trails system are one of the city’s best assets and during this difficult period we want our residents to enjoy them.  However, since the virus can live on hard surfaces for up to three days, we are restricting access to the playground equipment beginning tomorrow.  Although going outside and taking a walk provides exercise and reduces anxiety and stress, we need to reduce the chance of being exposed to the COVID-19 virus.”