Park City pickleball players prompt social distancing police call |

Park City pickleball players prompt social distancing police call

People playing pickleball at the tennis courts at City Park drew police attention last week when more than 20 players were reported to be present. The episode was another in a string of cases in recent weeks involving worries about social distancing.
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The Park City Police Department last week continued to receive reports from people worried about others not practicing social distancing, or keeping apart, in an effort to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus, including a case involving a group of pickleball players.

The pickleball report was logged on Friday, April 24 at 12:02 p.m. The Police Department received a complaint that more than 20 people were seen at the tennis courts at City Park playing pickleball. The police said municipal staffers wanted to lock the gates, “but there are a bunch of people in there that brought their own nets,” according to public police logs.

On Sunday, April 26 at 8:18 p.m., a police officer conducting a bicycle patrol at City Park found youngsters in the skate park. The officer told them the skate park is closed. Earlier on April 26, meanwhile, the Police Department at 3:48 p.m. received a complaint about five people drinking and playing football at City Park or just outside the borders of the park. The person who reported the case was worried they were breaking guidelines designed to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, according to department logs.

The police in recent weeks have received a string of complaints regarding people who, according to the reports, were not practicing social distancing. Some of the cases have centered on City Park.

Phil Kirk, a police captain, said the police are receiving several calls per day regarding concerns about social distancing. He said the people have complied in each case once the police contacted them. The police have not issued a citation in any of the cases, he said.

Kirk said the pickleball game reported on April 24 was stopped without issue after the police arrived.

The Police Department last week also conducted a series of patrols designed to ensure people were not using closed municipal facilities, such as the skate park. Department logs from one of the patrols, on Monday, April 20, at 11:34 p.m. noted the officer “checked the park for suspicious activity and the skate park for trespassers, since the city locked the area due to COVID 19.” No problems were found at that time, the police said. Other patrols were conducted on Main Street, Kearns Boulevard, the area of Round Valley and Park Avenue.

Kirk said people are anxious to be outside exercising as the warmer weather arrives.

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