22 MAY 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

AIKEN, SC – Since late-March, the City of Aiken Parks, Recreation, and Tourism (PRT) facilities have been closed to the public, except for trails and green spaces. Most recently, both the Aiken Visitors Center and Aiken County Farmers Market opened on May 14.

Following Governor Henry McMaster’s most recent lift on multiple executive orders and issued guidelines on how to safely operate, PRT will begin to reopen its facilities.

On Friday, May 22, the Aiken Visitors Center & Train Museum, Aiken Thoroughbred Hall of Fame & Museum, and Clifford S. Gerde Carriage Museum will open under their standard operating hours.

On Saturday, May 30, all outdoor park amenities will open, including restrooms, picnic shelters, playgrounds, basketball courts, tennis courts, pickleball courts, disc golf, batting cages, sports fields, and Sprayground. Group sports practices, trainings, and athletic camps at Citizens Park Sports Complex may resume, with game play and tournaments available beginning June 15.

The playground at Virginia Acres Park and the Pool at Smith-Hazel both remain closed due to construction.

On Monday, June 1, indoor facilities for programming and rentals will open at the Lessie B. Price Aiken Senior & Youth Center, Rye Patch Reception Center, and Municipal Building Conference Center. H.O. Weeks Activities Center will reopen Gym 2, Aerobics Rooms, and the Fitness Room for scheduled programs only.

The City will limit participation in numbers, and safety measures will be implemented accordingly based on social distancing orders and following CDC, SCDHEC, and other federal and/or state guidelines. Contact each respective facility for more information regarding programming, rentals, and specific guidelines for play.

Media Contact:
Jessica Campbell, MSML, CPRP
City of Aiken |Director of Parks, Recreation & Tourism
(803) 643-4779
1072 Banks Mill Road
jcampbell@cityofaikensc.gov