By Sharon Aron Baron
The Tamarac city commission has updated residents on park hours and recreational programs after Broward County issued Emergency Order 20-27.
Broward County’s Emergency Order includes:
• On-premise consumption of food and alcohol must end at 11 pm.
• Restaurants may operate at up to 100 percent of indoor capacity as long as there is a minimum of six feet between tables, and no more than six people at a table.
• Bars and other establishments that only serve alcohol must operate at no more than 50% of the posted indoor capacity.
• Total combined occupancy of indoor and outdoor areas shall not exceed the existing total maximum occupancy.
• Individuals may remove their facial coverings when working out at a fitness center or gym. However, facial coverings must be worn when not engaged in physical activity, such as moving between machines and around the center.
• Permits hot tubs to open in homeowner association (HOA) communities, but operations are subject to more stringent rules that may be imposed by the HOA.
Tamarac Parks and Facilities
Beginning on October 5, playgrounds and outdoor fitness areas will open to the public. To ensure the safety of our residents, all equipment will be sanitized daily.
Also, the Sports Complex and Tamarac Park will return to regular operating hours, closing at 10 pm. Athletic field rentals will be available. However, picnic shelters will remain closed to rentals.
The Caporella Aquatic Center is currently open on the weekends only, with the sprayground opening Saturday, October 3. Starting October 12, the pool will be open seven days per week. The waterslide remains closed at this time. The City will continue to operate the fitness center at 50% capacity.
The splash pad at Waters Edge Park will open on October 10 and operate on the weekends only.
City Recreational Programs
• The City will continue offering virtual programming. Information on classes is available at www.Tamarac.org/Parks.
• Adult Cornhole League registration is open, and the program is projected to start on October 9.
• Registration for youth soccer and T-ball starts October 5.
• The Fast Trac kids Afterschool Program will begin once school is back to in-person classes.
• Swim lessons for children begin October 5. Those interested can call 954-597-3660 to register.
Red Route Extension Bus Service
On October 6, the Red Route Extension will return to Tuesday operations from 9 am – 2 pm.
Residential Assistance Programs
Tamarac is introducing two new grant programs to assist residents.
The Emergency Repair Grant program will provide emergency repair assistance to homeowners experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. Funds can be used for emergency repairs to the roof or any other component that an inspector deems necessary. Projects are reviewed and awarded on a case-by-case basis.
Thanks to a partnership with T-Mobile, the City is launching The Connectivity and Technology for Employment Support program, designed to offer two years of connectivity technology to residents impacted by COVID-19. This program will support job and employment searches.
The application window for both programs opens on October 13. To apply or for additional information, visit tamarac.org/housing.
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Sharon Aron Baron is the Editor of Talk Media and writer for Tamarac Talk, Coral Springs Talk and Parkland Talk.
Tamarac Talk was created in 2010 to provide News, Views and Entertainment for the residents of Tamarac.
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