Among the many things impacted by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic are children’s sports and activities. In North Bergen, the township was one of many that cancelled spring sports.
“Unfortunately, in order to ensure the safety of our children and to protect the community at large, the North Bergen Recreation Department was reluctantly forced to cancel the spring season,” according to the township.
As a result, refunds will be processed for anyone who paid for the spring season. North Bergen plans to send refund checks soon to compensate these residents.
Currently, the township is awaiting guidelines from Gov. Phil Murphy on how to proceed with children’s sports for the upcoming seasons.
Fingers crossed for summer
Once the township has determined how the state wishes to proceed regarding student sports, the Recreation Department will begin processing checks for residents who have submitted payment for sports or activities in the spring season.
North Bergen continues to monitor the health situation as well as the governor’s guidelines in hopes of holding some programs over the summer.
As more restrictions are lifted each day, it seems increasingly likely that some form of recreational sports may be permitted in the summer.
Recently, tennis courts have reopened for singles play only across Hudson County, including in James J. Braddock Park in North Bergen.
The tennis courts are open by appointment only, since May 23. Residents are advised that strict rules apply and will be strongly enforced.
Registrations and court reservations must be done by phone no more than two days in advance of the requested play time by calling 201-978-1765. Court reservations can be made daily between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Residents are advised to check the township website and social media regularly for updates on other sports. The township has been offering COVID-19 updates on closures regularly in both English and Spanish.
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