COVID-19 Updates

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UPDATE 3/25/20:

Effective 8am on March 25, all Iredell County Park & Recreation PLAYGROUNDS, RESTROOMS, AND WATER FOUNTAINS ARE CLOSED until further notice, in an attempt to reduce the spread of Covid-19.

Our parks and trails are STILL OPEN at this time, although we still encourage the use of social distancing (6ft) while at these facilities!

We appreciate your understanding, patience, and cooperation!

Park Notice- Restrooms, Playgrounds, Fountains Closed

UPDATE 3/23/20:

Per the Iredell County Manager, Beth Jones, effective at 12 noon on Monday, March 23, interactions with public patrons and Iredell County staff will be by appointment only. We are not able to accept walk-in visitors at offices or buildings.

Contact via phone or email is available and recommended. Please contact the department or staff directly if you need assistance, or you would like to arrange an appointment, if necessary.

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UPDATED PRESS RELEASE 3/17/20:

LINK TO FULL PRESS RELEASE (Including Declaration of State of Emergency)

Specific to Iredell County Parks & Recreation:

The Iredell County Recreation Center will be closed to the public until further notice. Iredell County outdoor parks, playgrounds and restrooms will remain open but are on a use at your own risk basis. All programming offered by the Parks & Recreation Department including the Outdoor Education Center, Adult trips, youth athletic leagues, group exercise classes, group reservations, etc. have been halted through April 30, 2020.

News Release from Iredell County Health Department:

Covid-19 Mitigation Guidance (PDF)

Recreation Staff Contacts

Contact Person Title Phone Email
ICPRD Phone- Main Recreation Center Front Desk 704-878-3103 icprd@co.iredell.nc.us
Michelle Hepler Director 704-878-3107 mhepler@co.iredell.nc.us
Jen Winters Assistant Director 704-878-3106 jwinters@co.iredell.nc.us
James Huffman Recreation Center Manager 704-832-2360 james.huffman@co.iredell.nc.us
Daniel Taylor Athletic Programs Director 704-878-3104 daniel.taylor@co.iredell.nc.us
Kim Goodin Recreation Program Specialist 
(Adults & Special Events)
704-832-2353 kgoodin@co.iredell.nc.us
Seth Gardner Recreation Program Specialist
(Youth & Outdoor Programs)
704-832-2326 seth.gardner@co.iredell.nc.us
Christian Williams Athletic Program Coordinator 704-838-1202 christian.williams@co.iredell.nc.us
Ronda Benfield Recreation Center Assistant 704-878-3103 ronda.benfield@co.iredell.nc.us
Stacy McGlamery Administrative Assistant 704-878-3103 stacy.mcglamery@co.iredell.nc.us
Marty Haneline Field Maintenance Specialist 704-878-3104 marty.haneline@co.iredell.nc.us
Nancy Grabow Day Porter 704-878-3103 nancy.grabow@co.iredell.nc.us

Previous Iredell County Parks and Recreation Department Statements:

Iredell County Parks and Recreation Department cares deeply about the health of our communities, participants, members, and employees and we are keeping a close eye on the development, science, and all information available on the spread of the Corona Virus (COVID-19). Our intention is not to overreact from a position of undue fear or alarm, and we want to be pro-active and be responsive to help in any way we can. With that in mind, we join many other state and local agencies with suggested recommendations and mitigation guidance.  

3/12/20: In conjunction with the decision made by North Carolina Youth Soccer Association (NCYSA), North Carolina High School Athletic Association and Iredell-Statesville Schools, Iredell County Parks and Recreation Department has suspended all recreation based athletic sporting events.  This includes soccer and baseball practices, games, and matches, as of 11:59 pm on Friday March 13, 2020.  

Additionally, we will be postponing our already scheduled Senior Adult trips traveling to the South Carolina Zoo and NC Outer Banks.  Our department will continue to monitor federal, state, and local health guidance regarding COVID-19 and keep you updated with any further decisions made.

The Iredell County Recreation Center and our parks will remain open unless we are directed otherwise by the NC DHHS or Iredell County Health Department. We continue to urge people / employees to be cautious, conscientious and diligent with hygiene and sanitation.

UPDATE 3/16/20: In addition to the decision made on March 12, 2020, to suspend athletics and senior trips, based on the most recent recommendations from the CDC, Iredell County Health Department, and Governor Cooper, we plan to cancel ALL PROGRAMS, CLASSES, GROUP RESERVATIONS, AND EVENTS THROUGH APRIL 30, 2020 EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY.  We will continue to monitor conditions and recommendations and keep citizens informed of changes. 

At this time, we are taking extra measures to increase disinfecting of common areas so our parks and facilities can remain open, but urge citizens to follow mitigation guidance, including frequent hand washing, social distancing, staying home if you feel ill or sick, and taking extra precautions if you are in a high-risk category.  

Thank you for your understanding and patience.

News Release from Iredell County Health Department:

Covid-19 Mitigation Guidance (PDF)

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Iredell-Statesville School Statements

3/20/20: Coronavirus Update (PDF), includes campus closures for non-essential staff starting 3/23/20

3/16/20: Coronavirus Update (PDF), includes Spring Break extended through 3/20/20 and Remote Learning starting 3/23/20

3/12/20: In conjunction with the decision made by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) and Iredell County, Iredell-Statesville Schools administration has suspended all interscholastic athletics. This includes all middle and high school workouts, skill development, practices, and contests as well as all recreation based athletic sporting events on school properties as of 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 13, 2020. Our district will continue to monitor the federal, state, and local health guidance regarding COVID-19 and keep you updated with any further decisions that will be made.