Falls Church Playgrounds Reopening Next Week Amid Phase 2

Emily Leayman

FALLS CHURCH, VA — The Falls Church Farmers Market is open for in-person purchases this weekend, while playgrounds and other amenities will reopen late next week.

Browsing and in-person shopping is allowed starting on Saturday, June 13. The city says shoppers are "strongly encouraged" to continue pre-orders. Farmers market vendors and customers must follow public health guidelines, including six feet of separation from others. Shoppers will not be allowed to touch items until the vendor hands them over after purchase.

No one with a fever or symptoms of COVID-19, or known exposure to a COVID-19 case within 14 days is allowed in the farmers market. The market is open Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon. For more information on health policies and pre-ordering, visit the farmers market website.

The Falls Church Recreation and Parks Department plans to open remaining park amenities to the public on Friday, June 19. This includes playgrounds, athletic fields, basketball and volleyball courts, picnic shelters and the skate park. Tennis courts were reopened as of May 29 and are available by reservation to city residents.

Here are the policies for the latest reopenings:

  • Basketball courts, volleyball court and skate park: Facilities will open, but users must stay 10 feet apart.
  • Playgrounds: Playgrounds in City parks will open. There is no special cleaning; visitors should use at their own risk and must adhere to social distancing guidelines.
  • Picnic shelters: Picnic shelters will open; visitors should use at their own risk and must adhere to social distancing guidelines. Rentals for picnic shelters are not being accepted at this time.

The Community Center remains closed to the public, but will open on June 22 for Summer Fun camp program registrants only. The parks and recreation department's summer camps from June 15 to July 2 are canceled with the exception of Summer Fun Camp.

Future phase two updates will be posted on the City of Falls Church website.

This article originally appeared on the Falls Church Patch