Letter from the Director

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To Our Valued Parks and Recreation Program Participants,

First of all, thank you for your continued support of Boise Parks and Recreation and our talented instructors and program coordinators. If we’ve learned anything over the past 18 months, it’s understanding the value and importance parks and recreation opportunities play in our community. We are so fortunate to have many treasured resources right here in Boise that continue to provide recreational and mental health benefits for all ages during a difficult time.

As we look forward to fall activities, I must highlight the fact that COVID-19 cases are once again increasing at an alarming rate in our community. This is forcing all of us to re-align and refresh our health and safety protocols to keep our customers, employees and the community safe. The wellbeing of our participants and employees is our top priority and we are closely monitoring the evolving situation. The entire team at the City of Boise has been staying up to date on the latest developments and recommendations from federal, state and local public health officials.  According the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), in general, people do not need to wear masks when outdoors (e.g., participating in outdoor play, etc.).  However, the CDC recommends people who are not fully vaccinated wear a mask in crowded outdoor settings or during activities that involve sustained close contact with other people. Fully vaccinated people might choose to wear a mask in crowded outdoor settings if they or someone in their household is immunocompromised. The city is requiring universal masking, and when possible, appropriate distancing for all indoor programs, including any indoor sports that require sustained close contact such as all programming at Idaho IceWorld, for example, as well as any other sustained close contact indoor activities coordinated by the City of Boise.

Your peace of mind is of the utmost importance to us, and all protocols and measures are in place with the safety of our customers and team members in mind.  It is our hope that most if not all of our programming in this Fall Activity Guide will occur as planned, however, you may experience reduced class sizes and additional safety measures as appropriate for community health and safety.  I want to thank you ahead of time for your dedication and commitment to protecting our staff and your fellow participants, and also thank you for your understanding and compassion as our employees carry out these requirements. Thank you again, and we look forward to serving you throughout the fall season.

Doug Holloway

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