July 1, 2020
Proclamation - Parks and Recreation Month July 2020
WHEREAS our parks and recreation are vitally important to establishing and maintaining the quality of life in Novi, ensuring the health of all citizens, and contributing to the economic and environmental well-being of a community and region; and
WHEREAS Novi's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department has achieved national accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) joining one percent of agencies nationwide and demonstrating excellence in the areas of operations, management and customer services, and
WHEREAS during the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic and Michigan's Stay Home, Stay Safe executive order, parks and trails were essential to the emotional and mental health of Novi's residents and were visited by scores of residents on a daily basis, some discovering the parks for the first time; and
WHERAS the Novi Parks team is passionate about returning recreation to the Novi community in a safe and secure manner; and
NOW THEREFORE, I Bob Gott, Mayor of the City of Novi, on behalf of the Novi City Council, proclaim the month of July 2020 as Parks and Recreation Month.
June 5, 2020
Playgrounds will be open starting June 5th. This includes the brand new Tim Pope Play Structure at ITC Community Sports Park! The Novi Parks Foundation donated $150,000 to ensure the play structure would be fully replicated.
Please remember to practice social distancing, use hand sanitizer while playing and wash your hands when you return home. We will not be sanitizing playgrounds so please use them at your own risk.
June 3, 2020
Change, pivot, re-direct, modify and overcome. All words we either said or heard throughout the Coronavirus pandemic. At times, we have had to change plans by the day or even by the hour.
The Governor’s recent message was encouraging and our team is making plans to get back on the fields, courts, stages and classrooms we all know and love, as well as continue to offer unique virtual experiences.
Registration is underway or will begin soon for:
- Adult and Youth Tennis
- Challenger Soccer Camp
- Dominate Lacrosse
- Virtual Art Camps
- Novi Lightening Select Soccer
- Outdoor Fitness Classes
Novi's parks and trails have remained open and have proven to be a source for reflection, fitness, fun, and discovery. Their value has been proven to be greater now more than ever.
Please continue to enjoy them, but with the below guidelines and safeguards:
- Do not use parks or trails if you are exhibiting any symptoms of Covid-19.
- Share the trail and warn other trail users of your presence as you pass.
- Carry masks for you and your family for use if you encounter others in close proximity.
- Carry gloves as an additional precaution for when you might need them.
- Plan ahead as there may be limited access to public restrooms and water fountains remain closed.
- Gatherings of 100 people or less are now permitted outdoors per the Governor’s orders, as long as the CDC's minimum recommended social distancing of 6' from other persons is kept at all times.
- Follow CDC's guidance on personal hygiene prior to visiting parks or trails.
- Do not engage in sports and activities that require physical or shared contact.
As of June 1, we have opened restroom facilities at:
- Ella Mae Power Park
- Rotary Park
- Pavilion Shore Park
- ITC Community Sports Park (South Shelter bathrooms, Baseball/Softball Field Bathrooms & Maintenance Garage/ITC Trail bathrooms)
The following park amenities remain closed until further notice:
- Drinking Fountains
Shelter rentals will begin June 10 and reservations for the month of June will open on Monday, June 8 at 9am. July and August dates are currently open for reservations.
In closing, thank you to all the park users who have respected the guidelines listed above. It has taken all of us working together to help make a difference in the fight against COVID-19. Please continue to respect the facility closures and we urge parents to monitor their children’s use of the parks and trails.
We strongly encourage residents to follow us at https://www.facebook.com/NoviParks/. If you have questions about the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department and/or how COVID-19 is impacting a department function you are interested in, please visit cityofnovi.org. You can also contact us at 248-347-0400 or by email.
Returning to Recreation
In adherence to the Governor's Executive Order, Novi Parks has cancelled all programs through June 12. The Novi Civic Center and Meadowbrook Commons Activities Center remain closed to the public.
The Novi Parks team has been monitoring and taking part in state and national association planning and learning sessions to keep abreast of best practices for returning to recreation programming such as summer camps, performances, sports, fitness classes, and more. We will be taking a steady approach to re-opening programs to ensure we are providing the safest protocols, including distancing, hygiene, modifications and education.
Details about returning to recreation will be shared online at cityofnovi.org, novi.org, Facebook, Instagram, and the e-Engage newsletter (subscribe here).
We look forward to seeing our participants, coaches, volunteers, and players soon.
Provide exceptional park, recreational and cultural opportunities that are diverse and enhance lives.
To be seen as an essential service whose benefits are recognized and valued in the Novi Community.