Untermyer Gardens is now open for weekend tours and visits
By Dan Murphy
Two good signs this week that Yonkers is slowly getting back to normal came with the announcement that Untermyer Gardens, pictured above, is open for visitors, and that three Yonkers outdoor basketball courts opened on Monday.
“This past weekend we welcomed visitors back to the gardens using free timed admission; it was such a joy to be able to share the July gardens with people. We hope you will sign up to visit soon. We are also bringing back our weekend tours: sign up for a Sunday morning tour focused on the history of the gardens and Samuel Untermyer,” wrote
Untermyer Gardens Conservancy President Stephen Byrns. Visit untermyergardens.org to order tickets and for hours of operatoin.
Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano announced that three city outdoor basketball courts will reopen, effective Monday, July 20th, Andrus (Central Park Avenue and Arlington Street), Pelton (McLean and Van Cortlandt Park Avenue), and Joseph Cerrato (Riverdale Avenue and Vark Street ). Residents are asked to adhere to the guidelines set forth by the New York State Department of Health to ensure the safety of all who use the outdoor basketball courts. City outdoor basketball courts were previously closed in March to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“COVID-19 was one of the most difficult challenges in our city’s history and residents are overcoming it in a way that has been respectful and thoughtful of others,” said Mayor Mike Spano. “I have no doubt with summer in full swing residents will continue follow the safety guidelines while enjoying the outdoor courts to ensure the safety and well-being of all who participate.”
“Our city parks, playgrounds, and basketball courts serve as hubs for recreation activities, and we’re excited to welcome residents back,” said Yonkers Parks Commissioner Anthony Landi. “The soft reopening of these three basketball courts will determine how soon other city outdoor courts will be able to reopen. We are asking residents to comply with the safety guidelines posted at each city park, playground, and open basketball court. Safety guidelines will be enforced and if not followed, the city will strongly consider closing the courts while the others remain closed as well.”
Effective Monday, July 20th, three city outdoor basketball courts will be opened under the following New York State guideline:
Participants in higher-risk sports and recreation activities may only partake in individual or distanced group training and organized no/low-contact group training.
For example: Individual shooting, skills and drills are allowed, but no full-contact games/group training is permitted.
While enjoying the city’s parks, playgrounds, and courts residents should maintain social distancing, wear a face covering when possible and wash their hands frequently.
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