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Schenectady closes playgrounds, basketball courts

Schenectady closes playgrounds, basketball courts

Parks remain open, but distance must be kept
Schenectady closes playgrounds, basketball courts
Jerry Burrell Park in Hamilton Hill.
Photographer: Marc Schultz/Staff Photographer

SCHENECTADY — The city on Friday closed all city-owned playgrounds over coronavirus concerns. 

While city parks remain open, use of basketball and tennis courts and other facilities within the parks will be prohibited indefinitely. 

Visitors are reminded to adhere to six-feet social distancing protocols. 

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City pickup of yard waste will also be postponed until further notice due to the county closing its compost facility. 

Mayor Gary McCarthy acknowledged temporarily stopping the service will pose an inconvenience, particularly as warmer weather approaches. 

“We’ve got nowhere to put it,” McCarthy said. 

City Hall remains closed to the public. 

The city Police and Fire departments, as well as waste collection, water and sewer services and other essential services, will continue to operate.

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