NEWS - "Play ball! Tremonton City opens city sports"

TREMONTON - By Jessica Tanner - May 16, 2020

Starting on Saturday, May 16, Box Elder County will transition into the COVID-19 Recovery Phase Yellow or low-risk phase. All businesses can reopen and people can gather in groups of 50 or less, but this also allows for close contact team sports this summer with some regulations in place.

With the news, Tremonton City Parks and Recreation has opened their registration for youth baseball and adult softball leagues this summer. While the county was still in the COVID-19 Orange Phase the department was able to allow groups of 10 or less in youth golf clinics and several parks have been open.

“Our mission is to provide programs and activities for people of all ages,” said Parks and Recreation Coordinator Marc Christensen. “We missed out on spring soccer, but were hoping we would able to do baseball. That was supposed to start on June 1, but now registration will end that day. We have been in a holding pattern for awhile, but we definitely want to provide this kind of stuff for everyone.”

Online registration for youth baseball leagues will go now until June 1, and games will start on June 15. The deadline to sign up for adult softball is also June 1, with games starting on June 9.

Youth golf also has a June 1, deadline and will start that week. Adult Cornhole league have a May 29, deadline with games starting June 1.

For more information visit www. tremontoncity.org/community/parks-rec/

Although team sports will be allowed there will be some precautions in place to help everyone stay safe. Those guidelines have yet to be determined, but Christensen said the parents will likely sit around the outfield line so the bleachers and dugouts can be use to space out participants. They will probably have hand sanitizer stations at the dugout, which will be used before each player bats.

At the end of May, Tremonton City also plans to host a drive-in movie showing “Abominable.” Watch for more information on that event.

At this time Tremonton is unsure if they will be able to hold their annual Tremonton City Days event, which is held in July around the same time as Pioneer Day. Until the county is in the Green Phase no mass gatherings will be allowed.

There are a few deadlines that will help Tremonton decide if they can hold the celebration as usual or if it will have to be considered on a smaller scale or not at all. If Box Elder County is in the Green Phase by June 1, the Parks and Recreation team feels like they would still have enough time to get everything organized.

“That is coming up quicker than we would like it to,” said Christensen.

If that does not happen until June 15 then the city will probably do “a simple City Days.” Christensen said, “We have a lot of little events for City Days that we could do if they were held individually.”

Regardless of what happens in the coming months, Tremonton is planning to hold fireworks on Saturday, July 25, at Jeanie Stevens Park.

“There are enough open spaces and big parking lots for us to do that,” added Christensen.