Rogers City opens playgrounds, ball fields & other rec sites

A number of popular recreational sites in Rogers City have opened just in time for the Memorial Day weekend.

City Manager Joe Hefele has lifted a prohibition on the use of playgrounds, baseball fields, basketball and tennis courts, however some restrictions remain in place.

In addition, signs have been placed at playgrounds alerting users that the city is not sanitizing equipment or fixtures.

Up to 10 members of a team can practice on ball fields but must follow social distancing guidelines. Actual games are not yet permitted. Only a certain number of people will be allowed on basketball and tennis courts at one time, and again, social distancing is required. Residents are allowed to “shoot around” at basketball courts but cannot engage in a game that does not lend itself to social distancing.

Hefele cautioned that the city could close the facilities down again if users don’t follow safety rules. In addition, persons who violate regulations could receive a civil infraction and be fined $100.

Hefele said parks and trails were never closed to people who wanted to walk, jog or bicycle.