The Gerald Howard Municipal Pool at Memorial Park will open on June 1 with some modifications and restrictions.

According to a social media post from the City of Paris, the pool will be open from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. most days, with a limit of 100 visitors to the pool at any given time.

Season passes will not be offered this year, because of the necessary guest limit. The pool may be reserved for parties of 30 people or fewer.

Information on swimming lessons for the summer will be available at a later date.

Other facilities now open include the tennis courts, Atkins-Porter Dog Park, skate park, trout pond, disc golf, walking trails, pickle ball court and gaga pit.


Caution tape around picnic areas and playground equipment was removed Tuesday.

Tables at the park are spaced appropriately for social distancing, and the City of Paris asks that they not be moved.

Park restrooms are now open, and those restrooms will be sanitized twice a day.

Those who spend time in the park and could be using the restrooms are advised to bring their own sanitizing products if they wish.

The restrooms will again be stocked with toilet paper, but city officials said if toilet paper disappears at the rate it did just prior to lockdown, it will be unable to keep it stocked.

The basketball courts will remain closed at this time since this is a close contact activity.


At the Paris Civic Center, the weight room, fitness center, indoor walking track and indoor pool are now open.

However, locker rooms, showers and water fountains at the Civic Center will remain closed.


McNeill Park is scheduled to reopen on May 30.


The Henry County Farmers’ Market will open on May 29, and run through Aug. 14 from 3-5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Organizer Chad Kennedy said the market will follow COVID-19 guidelines, including keeping hand sanitizer at each booth, maintaining 6-foot social distancing and asking vendors not to touch produce throughout the day.

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