The city of Antigo is making some adjustments—some welcome and others perhaps not so much—to its summer programs and schedules due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“We have had to make some tough decisions regarding programs, events, and facilities,” Sarah Repp, the city’s director of parks, cemetery and recreation, said. “We appreciate everyone’s patience as we worked to make these decisions that considered our current local status regarding COVID-19, best practices from the Centers for Disease Control, Langlade County, Health Department and our local organizations.”
Repp stressed that goals remain public safety and a mitigation approach to facility access and program offerings, which allows for a planned change in response based on set criteria.
“What we implement today could change tomorrow,” she said.
City-sponsored activities and programs canceled for 2020 include:
—Pitching Machine Baseball (Navy Blue and Orange).
—Summer Open Skates.
City programs still scheduled, with modifications in some cases, include:
—Outdoor Movies. They will be drive-in style in the Peaceful Valley Festival Grounds, so viewing is done from vehicles. No concessions available for sale.
—Arbor Days, staff-only event.
— Springbrook Clean-up. Mission Antigo will complete during Mission Antigo Week June 13 to 19
—Fourth of July Fireworks. Fireworks will still occur (parade is unknown)
—Parks and trails open.
—Shelters currently open and accepting reservations.
—Restrooms closed, open for reservations only.
—Playgrounds closed until further notice. Reopening will be evaluated as the season progresses.
—Wading pool closed.
—Drinking fountains closed.
—Ball and soccer fields and basketball courts, along with the skate park, are available for those to practice and safely social distance. The City of Antigo will not be scheduling any fields or courts. All bases and/or equipment will not be available by the City of Antigo. Ball fields will be dragged periodically for upkeep and maintenance. No tournaments will be held at City of Antigo fields.
Non-city sponsored community events:
—Memorial Day Parade. A modified parade and ceremony will take place due to COVID-19.
—Music in the Park is working to offer radio broadcasts for the concerts. No live programs with spectators are currently planned.
— Farmers’ Market board will be making a decision on the market for 2020 in the near future.
“Our goal regarding community events utilizing our public spaces is to facilitate, and provide support and solutions, so groups and organizations can still offer our community, events and programs that implement best practices and safety measures with a slightly different, COVID friendly, format, Repp said. “Ultimately, as long as the event is lawful, organizations and clubs make their own decisions with regards to holding the event as planned, canceling, or rescheduling. We recognize many of these events require a large number of volunteers, sponsorships, or donations that may not be available during these times, and unfortunately cancellation may be the only option. We respect and support each organization and/or group’s decision.”