LexRec Reopen

Path to RECovery: Restoration of Services

Update 6/23/20 – Playgrounds reopen on Friday, June 26th!

All Town and School playgrounds will reopen as of Friday, June 26th.  While the playgrounds will be open, they will not be sanitized and use of the playgrounds will be at one's own risk.Playground Sign

The following guidelines must be adhered to while at a playground:

  • Wear a face mask or cloth face covering.
  • Maintain social distancing by remaining at least six (6) feet from other people.
  • Wash or sanitize your hands frequently.
  • Avoid large gatherings.
  • If you are not feeling well, please stay home.

Thank you in advance for your assistance and cooperation!

Update 6/16/20 – Update on Permitted Use of Athletic Fields

A limited number of athletic fields will be opening for permitted use in the coming weeks!  Our department is working with DPW to prioritize and prepare the most requested fields to ensure fields are ready for use.  Lincoln Park is anticipated to open the week of June 22nd, with the natural grass fields at the Center Recreation Complex to follow during the week of June 29th.  At this time, use of the fields is limited to only skills and drills.  Scrimmages, games and tournament play are not allowed in this phase.  More information on Phase 2 can be found here.

In order to obtain a permit, you must first submit a field permit application online.  You will be asked to upload 3 files in order to complete your request. These files are: 

  1. Season Rosters
  2. Certificate of Insurance for at least $1 million with the Town of Lexington listed as a secondary insurer,
  3. CORI Letter stating any volunteers have been independently background checked through your organization. 

If you do not have updated files, please upload the most current information.  A confirmed permit will be processed once all information is up-to-date and current.  All requests will be processed based on the field policy and field availability.  

A league organizer will be required to attend a meeting to review the Lexington-specific guidelines for field use. Organizers will be required to share the guidelines to all participants, parents, volunteers and coaches.  It is a requirement that all Lexington-specific guidelines as well as Massachusetts guidelines are met at all times in order to keep participants, volunteers, coaches and spectators safe. 

The Lexington Recreation and Community Programs Department has the right to revoke any permits issued for violating any of the guidelines. 

Update 6/11/20 – Permitted use of tennis/pickleball courts begins on Friday, June 12th!

All tennis and pickleball courts will be available to reserve online through PlayLocal beginning on Friday, June 12th!  This will mark the beginning of Phase B for our reopening plan.  During Phase B, all of the available courts will be open for use.  This includes the 10 courts at Gallagher, 3 courts at Clarke, and 2 courts at Valley (the Adams courts will remain closed due to the upcoming resurfacing project).

The following guidelines will be in place during Phase B:

  • Singles and doubles play will be allowed.
  • Players must not exceed using the courts for more than one (1) hour of use each day.
  • There will be no shared equipment, players must bring their own racquet and water bottle (using your own tennis balls or pickleballs is also recommended).
  • Players should remain on their side of the court for the entire time.
  • The lights at Gallagher will remain off, so the courts will be available for use until dusk.

If you still need to purchase your tennis/pickleball membership for the season, you may do so online

Summer Camps & Programs, Town Pool Update, and Summer 2020 - Take 2! (as of 6/7/20)

Update 6/1/20 - Select tennis/pickleball courts, basketball courts, and the Skate Park will reopen on Friday, June 5th!

During Phase A, approximately half of the courts will reopen in an effort to ensure that proper social distancing is maintained.  As of June 5th, the following tennis courts will be available for use:

  • Gallagher – Courts #2, 4, 6, 8, and 10 will be open (Courts #1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 will remain closed)
  • Clarke – Courts #1 and 3 will be open (Court #2 will remain closed)
  • Valley – Court #1 will be open (Court #2 will remain closed)
  • Adams – these courts will remain closed due to the upcoming resurfacing project.

The following restrictions will be in place during Phase A:USTA Safety Tips and Recommendations

  • Singles play only and only members from the same household may use the courts.
  • Players must not exceed more than one (1) hour of use each day.
  • No shared equipment, players must bring their own racquet, basketball, and water bottle (using your own tennis balls or pickleballs is also recommended).
  • Players should remain on their side of the court for the entire time.
  • No permits will be issued for group gatherings and there will be no organized games or tournaments.
  • Lights at Gallagher and the Center Basketball Courts will not be on, so the courts will be available for use until dusk.

The PlayLocal online reservation system will not be activated during Phase A and courts will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.  A decision about when the tennis/pickleball courts will be available to reserve through PlayLocal will be made in the coming weeks.  Registration for tennis/pickleball memberships will begin on Friday, June 5th at 9:00am and memberships may be purchased online

Basketball Courts GuidelinesSkate Park Guidelines

Staff have reviewed the guidelines Governor Baker released on Monday, May 18th and are now determining how to best implement them to allow for a safe reopening of the Town's recreational programs, services, facilities, and infrastrucure.  As services resume, a phased approach where the health, safety and well-being of our staff, volunteers and patrons guides us towards full restoration of services will be implemented.  A measured approach and adhering to the guidelines is necessary to ensure forward progress and to prevent further closures.

Please be sure to check our website and follow us on Facebook and Instagram during the upcoming weeks as they will be updated when more information becomes available.  Thank you for your continued patience and understanding, be well, and stay healthy!