Mayor opens fields to softball, baseball practice

JONESBORO, Ark. – Mayor Harold Perrin announced plans today to open Southside Softball Complex and Joe Mack Campbell Park for recreational and youth softball and baseball practices.

Reservations for practice fields can be made starting Monday, May 11, and practices can begin as soon as Tuesday.

Perrin and Parks Director Danny Kapales stressed the importance of maintaining CDC best practices for COVID-19 in mind as practices begin.

“We need to get out and play,” Perrin said. “We just have to do it in a way that respects the reality that coronavirus is still out there.”

Kapales said the City is awaiting word from Gov. Asa Hutchinson before scheduling games for recreation leagues and tournaments. Hutchinson has identified May 18 as when he will announce startup dates for youth sports competition to begin.

Kapales said bleachers and dugouts will not be opened during these first weeks of practice to avoid touch points that could spread the coronavirus.

Parents, guardians and siblings must remain in cars during practices. At Southside, both the Caraway Drive and Stadium Boulevard entrances are open. At Joe Mack Campbell, only the Harry Drive entrance is accessible.

Soccer fields will open at the discretion of the State Soccer Commissioner, who also set May 18 as an announcement date.

For questions or to schedule a practice, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 870-933-4604.

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