City of Independence, Missouri

City of Independence park playgrounds to reopen, public urged to use caution

The City of Independence will allow park playgrounds to reopen on Monday, August 17. Patrons are urged to practice caution at these locations. While surface to person contraction of COVID-19 remains a limited threat, the gathering of the public is still a significant issue as cases mount in the Kansas City area.

“Beginning on Monday, citizens and visitors to Independence will once again be able to enjoy the playgrounds at our beautiful parks,” Mayor Eileen Weir said. “Our Parks Recreation Tourism staff will work to sanitize these structures twice a week but we encourage everyone to exercise caution. We have confidence in our citizens that appropriate precautions will be taken while enjoying our parks, including wearing masks at all times and social distancing, and will provide families and individuals with more options for lower-risk activities in our city.”

Spraygrounds will not open this year. The City remains in Phase 1 of their City Facilities and Services reopening plan and is in regular conversations with regional health officials to determine appropriate steps for services and facilities. Jackson County is in Phase 2.5 of the regional reopening plan which applies to gatherings and businesses in Independence. Learn more at