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In a special Dodge City Commission meeting Friday, city officials discussed the Phase Two opening plan of city-owned facilities and offices. The city had announced previously that city-owned facilities would remain closed two weeks past Gov. Laura Kelly's Phase 1.5 of reopening the state.
"We're communicating with Ford County on what we can comfortably open up," city manager Cherise Tieben said. "We have expanded to incorporate public transit, Hennessey Hall has opened up and we're closer to full operations at Mariah Hills (Golf Course)."
United Wireless Arena’s ticket office also has reopened.
Phase Two for city-owned facilities is still estimated to occur on June 1 with city offices reopening with employees returning but the facilities will remain closed to the public. The opening, according to Tieben, may be moved up a week and is still under evaluation.
Legends Park is slated to reopen June 1. Clinics and camps will be allowed to be scheduled; however, practices on the fields will not be prohibited at this time.
"We told them if they can follow the Kansas Recreation and Parks guidelines and social distancing, then we would allow camps," Tieben said. "Again we are looking at possibly moving the date up but we aren't guaranteeing anything at this point."
For Phase Three, which includes playgrounds, shelters, Wright Park Zoo and the return of golf tournaments, "Why Not Dodge?" facilities would be open.
"We have been looking at ways to get the water park (Long Branch Lagoon) into Phase Three," Tieben said. "We are looking at ways but right now we haven't found it.
"The way I read it we are looking at if it would be even feasible with the gathering restrictions."
According to city officials, Phase Two would take place June 1 and the subsequent phases would take place two weeks after with the complete reopening coming on Phase Four.