Parks are “closed” but fitness-goers are confused on rules

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Harlingen Parks are officially closed, confirmed Assistant City Manager Carlos Sanchez.

While the parks are closed, there isn’t signage at McKelvey or Arroyo Park where CBS4/LOCAL 23 cameras caught dozens of people breaking social distance and shelter-in-place ordinances.

“I didn’t know it was closed” said one 20-year-old fitness enthusiast using the pull up bars unaware he was committing a possible ordinance violation, a punishable offense with a maximum $500 fine.

He wasn’t aware the park was closed because community workout equipment isn’t given the same treatment as the children’s playground area. Swing sets, monkey bars, slides and rock-climbing walls for children is wrapped in plastic orange mesh fence but less than 50 yards away, adult pull up bars and fitness equipment appear to be open for use.

The children’s play area and workout equipment is closed because it can’t be sanitized amid Cameron County’s COVID-19 Disaster Declaration explained Sanchez.

The city is considering mesh fencing around fitness equipment to give parkgoers a clear understanding “not to use.”

For questions on ordinances in Harlingen visit, http://myharlingen.us/

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