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City Manager Outlines Action Steps for Department of Public Safety

At the June 15 City Commission meeting Kalamazoo City Manager Jim Ritsema discussed a series of action steps that the City Administration and the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety will begin immediately in response to the events which occurred in Kalamazoo May 30 through June 2.

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“We recognize that many in the community had concerns about the events of the last couple of weeks and in order to openly and fairly address these concerns we are taking concrete steps,” said City Manager Jim Ritsema.

Aided by Kalamazoo’s recently appointed Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the City will hire an independent, outside investigator to review the events surrounding the protests and the City’s actions in response. The Community Public Safety Review & Advisory Board (CPSRAB) will assist in the selection of the investigator. The outside investigator will review if Public Safety’s procedures were followed, if existing procedures are appropriate, and if there are recommendations for changes. The city will also examine other existing KDPS procedures through the viewpoint of equity.

Other steps will include an update to the traffic stop study which was last completed in 2013, a review of the role of CPSRAB, increased equity training for KDPS officers and city staff, and opportunities for community members to share their experiences that they have had with Public Safety. The public will be kept informed throughout this process with the addition of a Public Information Officer, which was approved in the 2020 budget.

“As we move forward together on this important and necessary work with the community, we know this is just the beginning and that there is much more to do,” said City Manager Jim Ritsema. “We will continue to strive for greater diversity, equity and inclusion not only in our Public Safety endeavors, but everything we do to serve the community.”

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Reapertura de parques y servicios de la ciudad de Kalamazoo A lo largo de junio, los programas comenzarán en junio y julio

Los programas de verano de Kzoo Parks que se retrasaron debido a COVID-19 ahora están programados para comenzar a fines de junio y principios de julio. Kzoo Parks también está en el proceso de preparar parques y servicios de parques para reabrirlos completamente al público, lo que debería completarse en junio.

A medida que los parques, programas y servicios se vuelven a abrir o reanudar, se recomienda a los miembros de la comunidad que sean cautelosos y sigan las pautas para protegerse a sí mismos y a los demás del COVID-19. El distanciamiento social, el lavado frecuente de manos, quedarse en casa cuando está enfermo y toser en el codo aún son necesarios para prevenir la propagación de la enfermedad en nuestra comunidad. Se han realizado cambios en los programas juveniles para limitar el tamaño del grupo y evitar la propagación de COVID-19.

Kik Pool permanecerá cerrado, otros parques y servicios reabrirán durante junio

Debido a preocupaciones de seguridad y varios otros factores relacionados con COVID-19, el Kik Pool no se abrirá para la temporada 2020. Las mejoras programadas se llevarán a cabo este año y el grupo se volverá a abrir en 2021.

Habrá otras opciones disponibles para ayudar a los residentes y familias de Kalamazoo a mantenerse frescos este verano. Woods Lake Park Beach se volverá a abrir a partir del 15 de junio, y el Florence Street Splash Pad se volverá a abrir el 12 de junio una vez que se completen las mejoras. Las mejoras de la almohadilla de salpicadura incluyen dos nuevas características de agua y una nueva superficie de goma.

Todos los parques de la ciudad están actualmente abiertos para un uso limitado, y el equipo práctico del parque se volverá a abrir el 15 de junio. El equipo práctico no se desinfectará regularmente, por lo que se recomienda a los usuarios del parque que utilicen desinfectante para manos y tomen precauciones al usar este equipo.

Las canchas de tenis y pickleball y las plazas de skate están abiertas, y las llantas se están reinstalando en las canchas de baloncesto, que se completarán el 19 de junio o antes. Ya se han reabierto los campos de golf municipales y las casas club.

Los pabellones de picnic estarán disponibles a partir del 22 de junio. Los baños del parque estarán entre las últimas características que se reabrirán, actualmente programadas para el 29 de junio.

Los programas reprogramados comienzan en junio y julio.

Los programas de desarrollo juvenil de verano también se han reprogramado y comenzarán a fines de junio o principios de julio. El programa MyCITY Summer Youth Employment comenzará el 22 de junio, y All Things Possible y Super Rec comenzarán el 6 de julio. Los programas se ajustarán para ayudar a prevenir la propagación de COVID-19 y mantener a los participantes seguros. La inscripción para Super Rec y All Things Possible comienza el lunes 15 de junio.

Las ligas de softbol para adultos comenzarán el 6 de julio. La inscripción está abierta actualmente.

La hora del almuerzo en vivo! regresará a Bronson Park los viernes a partir del 12 de junio y se extenderá hasta el 4 de septiembre. Se alienta a los miembros de la comunidad a almorzar y encontrar un lugar en el parque para disfrutar mientras se mantienen alejados de los demás. No habrá música en vivo hasta al menos junio, aunque se reproducirá música en el parque. El registro está abierto actualmente tanto para vendedores de camiones de comida (en South Street) como para vendedores ubicados dentro del parque.

La información sobre todos los programas de Kzoo Parks está disponible en www.kzooparks.org .

City of Kalamazoo Parks and Amenities Reopening Throughout June, Programs to begin in June and July

Kzoo Parks summer programs that were delayed due to COVID-19 are now scheduled to begin in late June and early July. Kzoo Parks is also in the process of preparing parks and park amenities to fully reopen to the public, which should be completed in June.

As parks, programs, and amenities reopen or resume, community members are advised to still be cautious and follow guidelines to protect themselves and others from COVID-19. Social distancing, frequent hand washing, staying home when you are sick, and coughing into your elbow are still necessary to prevent the spread of the disease in our community. Changes have been made to youth programs to limit group size and otherwise prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Kik Pool will remain closed, other parks and amenities reopening throughout June

Due to safety concerns and several other factors related to COVID-19, the Kik Pool will not open for the 2020 season. Scheduled improvements will take place this year and the pool will reopen in 2021.

Other options will be available to help Kalamazoo residents and families stay cool this summer. Woods Lake Park Beach will reopen starting June 15, and the Florence Street Splash Pad will reopen June 12 once improvements are completed. Splash pad improvements include two new water features and a new rubberized surface.

All city parks are currently open for limited use, and hands-on park equipment will be reopened June 15. Hands-on equipment will not be regularly sanitized so park users are encouraged to utilize hand sanitizer and take precautions when using this equipment.

Tennis & pickleball courts and skate plazas are open, and rims are currently being reinstalled in basketball courts, which will be completed on or before June 19. Municipal golf courses and clubhouses have already reopened.

Picnic pavilions will be available starting June 22. Park restrooms will be among the last features to be reopened, currently scheduled for June 29.

Rescheduled programs begin in June and July

Summer youth development programs have also been rescheduled and will start in late June or early July. MyCITY Summer Youth Employment program will start June 22, and All Things Possible and Super Rec will start July 6. Programs will be adjusted to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep participants safe.  Registration for Super Rec and All Things Possible opens on Monday, June 15.

Adult softball leagues will start on July 6. Registration is currently open.

Lunchtime Live! will return to Bronson Park on Fridays starting June 12 and run through September 4. Community members are encouraged to grab lunch and find a spot in the park to enjoy while maintaining distance from others. There will not be live music through at least June, although music will be played in the park. Registration is currently open for both food truck vendors (on South Street) and vendors located within the park.

Information on all Kzoo Parks programs is available at www.kzooparks.org.

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