KENILWORTH, NJ - Governor Murphy announced at his press briefing Wednesday, July, 1 that playgrounds were set to reopen on Thursday, July 2. 

Mayor Linda Karlovitch commented, “I hope everyone enjoys the parks. Please practice self-care by wearing masks and keeping your hands clean. Social distancing is still required. We must all practice social responsibility for our safety and the safety of others, especially those who are most vulnerable. Stay safe and I hope everyone has a good time in our parks. “

Due to the CDC guidelines, the restrooms located at DiMario Park and Louis Wood (16th Street Park), will remain closed. The playgrounds will be getting disinfected everyday which will require a half-hour break from play. The playground will be cleaned with Bioesque Botanical Disinfectant Solution that is EPA approved. According to the Kenilworth Rec, cleaning will take place in the afternoon between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Anyone on the playground will be asked to step away until all the disinfecting is completed.

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Harding Elementary Playground will stay closed as the school will be spending the summer months prepping for the upcoming school year. On July 6, basketball courts are set to reopen. 

Note that park use by groups which include sports and any other organization will be by permit only. Permits can be issued through the Kenilworth Recreation Department. All applications must be completed and submitted for review. Program Administrator, Kristin Boyle cited “permits will be based on park and field use availability and all requirements must be submitted for consideration.” She also stated, “Currently only organized sports practices and drills are allowed. To clarify, this means existing organized teams ie: school teams, rec teams, club and travel teams. Organized sports that do not require/can avoid player to player contact and maintain social distancing. Softball, soccer, and baseball are among those that have been deemed as able to ensue providing CDC guidelines and social distancing practices are being followed.”

Any questions, or to request an application, you can email KenilworthRec@comcast.net or call Kristin at 908-400-2934.