Salem Parks and Rec events postponed, canceled through May 17 due to coronavirus concerns

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SALEM, Va. (WFXR) — The Salem Parks and Recreation Department announced the postponement and cancellation of many upcoming activities and events — as well as the closure of numerous facilities — through May 17 in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the department’s announcement on Thursday, March 26, the following events hosted by Salem Parks and Recreation will be postponed or canceled:

Postponed EventsOriginal DateNew Date
Salem After FiveApril 24Sept. 19
Olde Salem Brewing EventMay 9TBA
Canceled EventsOriginal DateLocation
USA Youth SoftballApril 4-5Moyer Complex
Easter Egg HuntApril 9Moyer Complex
USSSA Youth BaseballApril 11Kiwanis Park
NSA Girls SoftballApril 11Moyer Complex
Robertson Fishing RodeoApril 18, 20, 22, 25Lake Spring Park
ODAC SoftballApril 24-25Moyer Complex
Mountain East SoftballMay 1-3Moyer Complex
Salem After FiveMay 8Farmers Market
Got Game Youth TourneyMay 9Moyer Complex
USSSA Super NITMay 16-17Kiwanis Park

All City of Salem Youth and Adult leagues scheduled for the spring season — including Youth Baseball, Youth Softball, Youth Soccer, and Adult Softball — have been canceled. The department says it will begin issuing refunds for participants this week.

In addition, all activities, classes, trips, and programs, for the Salem Senior Center and the Salem community are canceled through May 17.

Since Gov. Ralph Northam is encouraging folks to maintain social distancing while taking advantage of the outdoors, all Salem Parks and Greenway trails will remain open as “passive facilities,” but all bathrooms in Salem Parks will be closed.

According to the department, the Salem Senior Center, Salem Sports Office, Moyer Sports Complex, and Kiwanis Park are all closed. However, as of Thursday, Longwood Park, Moyer Park, Moyer Skate Park, Tennis Courts, and Pickleball Courts will remain open.

Even though all existing picnic shelter reservations are subject to the discretion of the renter and patrons should adhere to all social distancing guidelines, the department says new picnic shelter rentals will not be considered until May 17.

The main administrative office of Salem Parks & Recreation Department on Florida Street will remain open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday through Friday to provide necessary access for the Local Office of Aging.

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