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Posted on: March 19, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Fields, Parks and Pathway Service Level Updates

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May 7, 2020:  TCJPR is working diligently to adjust service levels based on new color-coded risk guidelines established by Public Health and Elected Officials. On Tuesday, May 5, 2020 staff was notified that we are currently under Orange (moderate) risk level. Based on this guidance staff is working to get infrastructure in place to open public restrooms throughout the community while meeting the standards laid out by Public Health. TCJPR anticipates seasonal restrooms opening on Monday, May 18, 2020. This date is dependent upon the ability to secure appropriate infrastructure that will ensure the safety of the public, staff and meet guidelines. At that time TCJPR staff anticipates we will be able to take, and support safely, conditional reservations to utilize athletic fields. In addition, TCJPR will work closely with the Town of Jackson to support requests for special events as we move forward on a case by case basis. TCJPR staff is also working hard on plans for a limited re-opening of the Recreation Center based on the current risk level. Programming that supports the community is also being evaluated and re-structured to meet the needs of the community at the point when infrastructure and resources are in place. Staff will have a better understanding of resources and logistical needs after May 18, 2020 as it relates to the both the Recreations Center and Programming. TCJPR’s goal is to be able to provide safe, functional, and accessible facilities to serve the public, while meeting Public Health guidelines. We appreciate the community’s patience and understanding as things are changing so rapidly.

May 4, 2020:  Parks and Recreation is currently working with Teton County Elected Officials, Public Health and the State of Wyoming to establish a plan of phased re-opening of facilities, fields, shelters and other areas related to Parks & Recreation.  As of May 1, 2020, Teton County requested a variance to the State’s new orders making Teton County more restrictive than State mandates through May 11, 2020.  More information on Orders and guidance can be found at

Teton County is establishing a color coded risk matrix to determine the phased opening of businesses.  Red (High Risk)—Orange (Moderate Risk)—Yellow (Low Risk)—Green (Normal).  Currently Teton County continues to fall in the Red/High Risk category due to the above mentioned variance until May 11.  Parks and Recreation will be establishing, prior to May 11, guidance on protocols that must be in place in order to start taking reservations for access to facilities.  Teton County Commissioners will be reviewing this protocol on May 11 and at that point we can begin implementing the phased re-opening of facilities based on the color code at that time.

Parks & Recreation will not be taking reservations or supporting organized sports groups until after the May 11 meeting and/or there is a change from Red to Orange, or lower.  The majority of the athletic fields in the  County are located on Teton County School District #1 (TCSD) property which is currently closed.  If TCSD choses to open the property prior to May 11 and allow public access it will fall to TCSD to coordinate and/or manage the use of those fields until P&R takes over management as allowed by Public Officials and the color coded risk levels. 

We appreciate your understanding as we will be awaiting changes in the risk levels to determine protocol for access to all of our facilities. 

April 22, 2020: Teton County/Jackson Parks & Recreation (TCJPR), along with the rest of our country, is awaiting information related to opening communities in light of the current COVID-19 outbreak.   As of today, Teton County School District (TCSD) property is closed to the public and should not be accessed for any reason unless permission is obtained from TCSD.  All other parks, courts and fields inside Jackson/Teton County are open for responsible use as long as patrons adhere to Public Health guidelines.  Seasonal restrooms, as of now, will not be scheduled for opening until June 1st.  If Public Health or Elected Officials determine an earlier “opening” date than June 1st, staff will evaluate resources to determine if restrooms can be opened earlier.  TCJPR will continue to coordinate with TCSD and local officials to determine opening dates for fields and facilities as it relates to organized group functions.  We appreciate the community’s patience and ask that everyone adhere to all guidelines whenever accessing public spaces. Information on Orders and guidelines related to COVID-19 can be found at JHCOVID.COM.  For questions or concerns you can e-mail Andy Erskine, Parks Manager.

March 19, 2020:  The Teton County/Jackson Parks & Recreation Department (TCJPR) would like to clarify service levels on multi-use fields, ball parks, pathways and parks within Teton County.   

Based on direction from public officials, recommendations from the Teton County Public Health Officer and policies implemented by Parks & Recreation Department, the Parks Department will continue our basic service levels for ALL parks, pathways and spring field preparation, which includes: opening seasonal restrooms between April 15, 2020 and May 1, 2020; basic field & park preparation including turf care and charging of irrigation systems based on weather conditions; and limited field lining and infrastructure preparation.    Staff’s goal is to have fields, parks, pathways and associated infrastructure safe, functional and accessible for individual and small group use if the public chooses to access those areas. Parks & Recreation may, at any point, change service levels based on Teton County School District #1 (TCSD) direction for fields on TCSD property, direction from elected officials or policy change within the Division.  

Staff will increase cleaning and safety measures at TCSD facilities and within Teton County to ensure health guidelines from the Teton County Public Health Department are being met.   

Currently TCJPR has suspended reservations for group athletic and special events of greater than 50 people and are discouraging any group gatherings within the parks, pathways and athletic fields.  Staff will continue to take conditional reservations for future events after April 26, 2020 and reserves the right to cancel based on decisions from elected officials, TCSD or the director of Parks and Recreation.   

These are the links to the basic service levels for fields and the seasonal restroom opening schedule


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