ROSELLE PARK, NJ - Mayor and Council have decided to stick with their decision to keep the basketball courts closed in Roselle Park because of COVID-19 concerns. All other borough playgrounds and parks will stay open.
In a Facebook post on Wednesday, Mayor Signorello announced that the Borough Administration had decided to remove the basketball hoops from Aldene Park. This decision was made after the borough received multiple reports of kids overcrowding and not wearing masks.
During Thursday’s council meeting Councilman Fahoury suggested the possibility of just leaving up one hoop and trying to be more attentive about enforcing social distancing.
“Games like basketball, people just are less than six feet apart,” said Mayor Signorello, adding that the concern was largely over the lack of masks being worn.
Councilman Fahoury pointed out that Roselle Park does not have signs reminding residents to social distance and wear masks like many other towns do. The Mayor agreed with Councilman Fahoury and acknowledged that the borough would be looking into placing signage around the public parks and playgrounds.
This was the council's first in-person meeting since the start of the pandemic. The public comments are still going to be made remotely over the phone until further notice.