Coronavirus: Saint John closes skate parks

Skateboards. AP Photo/Bill Ross

The City of Saint John has announced the closure of skateboard parks in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

City-owned skate parks like the Station 1 Skate Park and the Market Place Skate Park will be affixed with temporary signage Friday, indicating the indefinite closure.

A release issued by the city says staff will maintain the temporary signage at the parks, as well as at playgrounds — which were closed Thursday.

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“The City of Saint John is encouraging exercising, not socializing,” reads the release.

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