Cities of Alpharetta, Milton suspend all recreation programs, close senior activity centers indefinitely in wake of coronavirus spread

The cities of Alpharetta and Milton halted their Parks & Recreation programs through the end of March and closed their respective senior activity centers indefinitely. (Photos by Kara McIntyre/Community Impact Newspaper)
The cities of Alpharetta and Milton halted their Parks & Recreation programs through the end of March and closed their respective senior activity centers indefinitely. (Photos by Kara McIntyre/Community Impact Newspaper)

The cities of Alpharetta and Milton halted their Parks & Recreation programs through the end of March and closed their respective senior activity centers indefinitely. (Photos by Kara McIntyre/Community Impact Newspaper)

All city of Alpharetta Parks & Recreation programs are suspended until March 30, and the city's Adult Activity Center, which provides recreation programs to seniors, is closed until further notice, according to a March 13 press release. These actions are being taken to help slow the spread of coronavirus—also known as COVID-19—in conjunction with recommendations from Gov. Brian Kemp, according to the release.

The program suspensions are effective beginning March 14 at 11:59 p.m., the release said. The Adult Activity Center is closed effective immediately.

"This is an important moment in the COVID-19 situation; one that presents opportunities for all of us to take steps that can slow the spread of the infection and save lives," the release said. "The city of Alpharetta is committed to taking fact-based, decisive actions and to communicating with you as often and openly as possible so that you can make wise decisions for yourself and your family."

The city of Milton also halted all Parks & Recreation programs until April 12, according to a March 13 press release. The city also halted rentals of its indoor and outdoor facilities through at least April 12. City parks will still be open to the general public.

The Milton Senior Center—located at the historic Thomas Byrd Sr. House on Hopewell Road—will also be closed until at least March 27, the release said.








"We apologize for any inconvenience these closures and cancellations may cause, especially to those who have long enjoyed and relied on Milton's recreation services," the release said. "That said, we expect you share our concern for preventing the spread of this virus and keeping our community as healthy as it can be."

Georgia has seen a total of 42 confirmed cases of coronavirus as of publication March 13, including one coronavirus-related death, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. Eight of these cases have occurred in Fulton County, according to state officials.
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By Kara McIntyre

Kara started with Community Impact Newspaper as the summer intern for the south Houston office in June 2018 after graduating with a bachelor's degree in mass communication from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. She became the Tomball/Magnolia reporter in September 2018. Prior to CI, Kara served as the editor-in-chief of The Wichitan—Midwestern State University's student-run campus newspaper—and interned with both the Wichita Adult Literacy Council and VeepWorks.


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