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UPDATE: Las Vegas city parks being cleaned starting today

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Posted at 5:15 PM, Mar 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-30 09:58:02-04

UPDATE MARCH 30: City of Las Vegas says that is it closing city playgrounds amid the coronavirus pandemic, however parks are to remain open. READ MORE

UPDATE MARCH 25: City of Las Vegas staff started cleaning and disinfecting playground equipment today.

Depending on the size of the playground it took between 30 to 60 minutes to clean each with disinfectant, followed by a heated power wash, contingent upon size and conditions.

These are the locations that were cleaned today:

  • Kellog-Zaher, central playground
  • Lorenzi, central playground
  • Centennial Hills, butterfly playground
  • Freedom, main playground

ORIGINAL STORY
LAS VEGAS (KTNV) -- New cleaning and social distancing protocols will allow the city’s 70 parks to remain open.

The city of Las Vegas is stepping up cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch areas in parks, including restrooms and playground equipment.

The city will dispatch 12 crews of 5 to 10 people with the proper protective equipment to clean and disinfect all parks 2 times a day, 7 days a week.

Visitors to the parks are asked to practice social distancing, and the public is encouraged to bring their own disinfecting wipes if they plan to handle the equipment.

RELATED: Clark County closing playgrounds and public restrooms at all county parks

The city says it will maintain this cleaning schedule as long as crews can appropriately and adequately clean and disinfect the high-touch areas and restrooms. Any inability of the cleaning crews to keep up proper disinfecting could result in the closure of restrooms or other facilities.

The National Recreation and Park Association has issued a statement about the safe use of parks and open spaces during the coronavirus pandemic calling parks essential resources for health and wellness. The city of Las Vegas signed onto this statement with other municipalities yesterday.

The city will continue to update coronavirus information, including closures and cancellations, at lasvegasnevada.gov/coronavirus