The Darien Parks and Recreation Department has announced various changes related to more reopening of facilities now that the COVID-19 epidemic is spreading slower. Lifeguards will be on duty at both beaches starting July 1.
Also, trash cans are being brought back to town parks on Friday.
The department also announced that “all trash cans will be reinstated at all parks and beaches tomorrow, June 12, 2020.”
In an email, Park & Rec Director Pam Gery said: “[W] had an unfortunate incident of two pictures of garbage left at Weed Beach that turned viral on social media today. The carry-in carry-out rule was working; outside of a few instances like ‘the pictures.”
Gery also shared an email she sent to Park and Recreation staff on Thursday, which said, in part: “We will continue to work with The Green Team on this initiative of having Trash Free Parks and give the time necessary to educate the town on the benefits of having a carry-in carry-out program.”
Here’s the announcement about changes in various programs and practices:
Thursday, June 11:
· Pickleball will be allowed to play doubles — please wear a mask when you cannot stay socially distant, no sharing of equipment, and please stay home if you feel sick.
· Please continue to carry out what you carry in at all parks until further notice. [Editor’s note: But see the other announcement, above.] Dumpsters are available at both beaches if needed. Please do not leave behind dog waste bags.
· Park monitors continue to circulate the beaches and parks to remind patrons of the rules.
· No glass is allowed on our beaches.
· All athletic fields are open. Organized play is for authorized users only.
· Playgrounds remain closed until further notice.
· Picnic areas remain closed until further notice.
As of Monday, June 15:
· The Paddle Courts at Weed Beach will be open for doubles — please wear a mask when you cannot stay socially distant, no sharing of equipment, and please stay home if you feel sick.
As of July 1:
· Lifeguards will be on duty at both beaches