City crews focus on disinfecting parks daily

Published 4:58 pm Thursday, May 14, 2020

The maintenance director for Vicksburg’s Parks and Recreation Department said he plans to sanitize and disinfect the city’s public parks equipment, benches and ballfield bleachers on a regular basis.

“I plan to have them sanitized every day, weather permitting,” Rick Daughtry, the department’s maintenance director, said.

The parks, bleachers and tennis courts were closed March 25 out of concern for the COVID-19 virus and were allowed to reopen May 7.

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Parks and Recreation employees initially sprayed playground equipment, stands and benches ahead of the parks being allowed to reopen.

Daughtry said the department uses a disinfectant called “Vanquish” that is approved by the Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency. It can kill the COVID-19 virus and is safe for people, he said.

“We spray anything that can be touched,” Daughtry said. “We mix it up and spray it and walk away. It dries in about two minutes.”

He said Rick Shields, the tennis director at the Halls Ferry tennis courts, also has a sprayer for the tennis court area.

Daughtry said an employee goes to each park during the day to clean the area and sanitize the equipment and benches.

“The community service workers clean the restrooms at the parks and at Catfish Row,” he said. “They’ve been given a sprayer and they spray the restrooms after they clean them.”

The Jackson Street Community Center has not yet reopened, but city crews did spray the bleachers and the playground equipment at the facility last week.

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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