City and County Take New Safety Precautions At Urging of Health Department

April 6, 2020

With the number of COVID-19 cases in Wayne County rising and reports from the U.S. Surgeon General that the next few weeks are slated to see a steep rise in the spread of infection, Wayne County government and the City of Richmond have come together to take additional steps to ensure the health and safety of our community. To encourage adherence to CDC guidelines and minimize contact to high touch surfaces, the following measures have been taken.

Within the Richmond Parks and Recreation Department:

  • Basketball hoops have been removed.
  • Playground entrances have been barricaded or cautioned off.
  • Tennis courts are barricaded.
  • Pickleball court nets will not be placed.
  • Glen Miller Golf Course is closed.
  • Richmond Senior Center remains closed for the safety of its membership.
  • Highland Lake Golf Course, HLGC, is closed to promote the safety of its membership and our community.. The team at HLGC is strategically taking this time to aerate the greens, complete the sand traps installation, install a stream between holes 9-18 for proper drainage, and make the golf course the best it can as soon as play is resumed.
  • Additionally, locks have been placed in all areas as possible. 

Within Wayne County:

  • Wayne County Commissioners are recommending that all county playgrounds and golf courses close access to the public and their membership.

These measures are being taken at the recommendation of the Wayne County Health Department and seek to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community, and are in alignment with Governor Holcomb’s Executive Order 20-18 issued today, that called for, among other things, the closure for all indoor and outdoor places of public amusement, including playgrounds. As we all know, the situation is evolving daily and will be updated accordingly.

In the meantime, we encourage the community to continue to use the shared green space responsibly.  Together we will overcome, and when we do, we will be waiting and ready to serve you at all of our locations. Thank you for your support.


Press Contact:

Denise Retz, Richmond Parks Superintendent
Phone: 765-983-7275,

Kenneth Paust, Wayne County Commissioner President

Click to download a pdf of the press release.

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