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Battle Creek parks, events set to re-open without 2 popular attractions

Willard Beach - Courtesy Battle Creek Rec Dept.
Posted at 9:14 PM, Jun 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-17 08:28:24-04

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — While the city prepares to re-open many of its recreation areas, 2 popular attractions will stay closed through the summer.

Battle Creek announced Tuesday they are preparing to reopen several parks and events including Willard Beach, Bailey Park, and Movies in the Park.

Willard Beach reopens June 10th weekdays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m, Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The fees for the beach will be the same as ever; $2 per person or $5 per car. The restrooms and pavilions will be available and cleaned regularly.

Bailey Park is set to start tournaments on the weekend of June 19th. The deadline to register for summer programs is June 24th.

Movies in the Park will start on Friday, July 17th with Toy Story followed by Sonic the Hedgehog on Friday August 14th.

Battle Creek's summer recreation will have to go on without the Kidventure Summer Camp and Flash Flood Water Park, according to city officials. The Full Blast facility where they camp is held is still being used to shelter the homeless in the area due to the pandemic. The current executive orders do not allow the city to open their indoor pool at the water park and a crack in the outdoor pool is just too costly to justify re-opening this season. The city is looking into financial relief to fix the crack and a few other issues, like painting the water slides using a grant from the Calhoun County Visitors Bureau, in preparation for next summer.

Specifics on team sports, park re-openings, or pavilion rental can be requested by calling 269-966-3431.