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Posted on: May 15, 2020

City of Moscow to Open Recreation Facilities


The City of Moscow is opening playgrounds, outdoor basketball courts, and the skate park on Sat., May 16, and the Hamilton Indoor Recreation Center (HIRC) on Mon., May 18.

These facilities are being opened in compliance with Governor Little’s Stay Healthy Orders, the Idaho Rebound guidelines, and published protocols for stage 2 activities.

Modifications to playground operations include:

  • In accordance with as per the order and guidelines, all facilities may only have a maximum of 10 people using the structure, court, etc. at a time to allow for appropriate social distancing.
  • CDC guidelines recommend washing hands after playing, as the equipment is not sanitized.
  • Park restrooms and will be opened and sanitized daily.
  • Porta-potties will be opened and sanitized twice a week.
  • Due to high-risk factors, drinking fountains will remain turned off for the time being.

Modifications to HIRC operations include:

  • Business hours remain unchanged: Mon.-Friday 8am – 10pm, Sat. 9am – 6pm, and Sun. 1 – 5pm.
  • Gym use will be limited to 10 people or less at any given time in one-hour blocks. Citizens may reserve an hour block of time up to a day in advance, consecutive reservations may not be made.
  • Social distancing rules will be in effect. The use of a face covering mask is optional during active play in the gym. Masking is required any time outside of the gym.
  • The front office will open for general business with social distancing rules in effect as well as required masking. Citizens are requested to bring their own masks, but disposable masks will be available for those without a mask. The lobby area will not be open for lounge use at this time.
  • The HIRC facility and equipment will be sanitized regularly and more frequently than under normal operations.

Summer recreational program registrations will also begin on May 18. Please check the Parks and Recreation web page for program changes and updates at Each program will include a plan for appropriate measures given the current stage of response as outlined by Governor Little’s Stay Healthy Orders, the Idaho Rebound guidelines, and published protocols.

For more information, contact Moscow Parks and Recreation at 208-883-7084, or email to

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