Director's statement on COVID-19

Good Morning,
The Town of Franklin and Franklin School Department have taken serious measures to protect public health and slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community.  We have temporarily closed all public buildings, parks and playgrounds through May 3rd.  We hope to resume all activities and open facilities on Monday, May 4th.  We understand the important value youth sports and recreation play in the community, especially for children.  But, given the current situation and the guidance from public health officials on social distancing, we are postponing the start of the spring season until at least May 4th.  We want to limit in-person social interactions and avoiding spaces where people congregate in close quarters, so our fields will remain closed.  We are particularly concerned about the spread of the virus through hard surfaces and shared equipment.

We have already taken steps to close these facilities, including:

  •  Locking permanent fencing gates or installing temporary fencing
  •  Posting signage
  • Wrapping equipment in caution tape

We will continue to use social media (facebook and twitter) and our website to keep folks up to date on parks and playgrounds.  You can also follow the Town of Franklin COVID-19 portal.

We are keeping trails open as they provide fresh air and exercise for residents.  For a copy of the latest Trails and Walking Paths in Franklin, click on the link.  Please remember to practice social distancing and keep a minimum of 6 feet apart.   These trails will remain open for the public to use in responsible ways that protect public health and safety.  For information on trails in Franklin, please visit the Recreation Department's Fields/Playgrounds website.
Sincerely,

Ryan Jette
Director of Recreation
Franklin Recreation Department
275 Beaver Street
Franklin, MA 02038
Office: (508) 613-1667

Mobile:(508) 400-4099

Email:  rjette@franklinma.gov
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