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Feb. 19, 2021

 Johnson City begins process of reopening community centers, athletics, special events

The City of Johnson City has announced plans to reopen all three community centers, resume athletic programming and weekend athletic events, and permit some special events in the coming months.

City staff will begin a multi-phased approach to reopening Memorial Park Community Center, Carver Recreation Center, and Langston Centre starting Monday, April 12. The goal of the phased reopening, based on public health guidance, is to safely allow activities to resume while mitigating the risk of new COVID-19 cases.

The City will continue to follow guidelines and recommendations provided by Gov. Bill Lee and his economic recovery group as well as the Centers for Disease Control and public health officials. Phase 1 of the plan limits the number of participants in each activity, requires pre-registration for all activities, and includes a mandatory screening process, including temperature check and verbal health questionnaire. Pre-registration, which begins Monday, April 5, is required for all activities in the centers. Some amenities at the community centers may not be available.

The Parks and Recreation Athletics Division will open registration for adult softball and youth soccer, T-ball, and softball on March 1 with games scheduled to begin on April 15. Reservations for use of the pavilions in City parks, including the Pavilion at Founders Park, will be accepted beginning March 1 for dates on or after April 1.

Registration for the Amphitheater at Founders Park will open on April 1 for dates on or after June 1. Large gatherings at Founders Park and King Commons remain on hold while the City observes the progression of the pandemic and vaccine rollout. Road races will be able to resume in late-March with the City developing nine new race routes that allow for increased social distancing. Race organizers will be prohibited from hosting any pre- or post-race activities.

Complete reopening plans can be found on the City website at