COVID-19 Safety Measures

  1. Ballfields
  2. Community Center
  3. Tennis Courts

Ballfield Reopenings

Since March, many of Bentonville Parks and Recreation Facilities have been closed or limited because of the COVID-19 Pandemic. As the Arkansas Department of Health begins to announcements the lifting of restrictions on public facilities, we are excited to begin slowly and cautiously reopening select recreation amenities in our parks system.

On May 15, 2020 the ballfields at Merchants, Memorial, and Phillips Park will reopen in a limited fashion.

Precautions being taken for allowing teams to practice on a ballfield at one of the public complexes in Bentonville are listed below:

  • Bleachers have been removed from the facility. Spectators must bring and provide their own seating. Families must remain six feet apart from other families.
  • Coaches and parents would be required to wear masks at all times when inside the park. Players would be required to wear masks when not taking part in an active practice.
  • Players are not permitted to share any equipment. This includes but is not limited to: bats, catchers gear, fielder’s masks, batting helmets, batting gloves, cleats, sunglasses, or fielder’s glove.
  • Restrooms will not re-open at this time.
  • There will be no reservations for the park. Teams will be going to the park on their own omission to practice, and must abide by social distancing protocols. Concessions will remain closed during practices. Only one team is permitted per field during practices. 
  • Scrimmages are not permitted at this time. Umpires are not permitted to come in and officiate a scrimmage. 
  • Teams should limit group sizes to NO MORE than 50 people including parents, players, coaches, and all who are involved.
  • The umpire changing room(s) will not be open. 
  • Teams must wipe down dugout benches and gate latches before and after using them. Teams should use hand sanitizer before and after practices.