Plan Your Summer time At GSO: Greensboro Summer time On-line | Firms
GREENSBORO, NC (May 20, 2020) – To help keep community safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, Greensboro Parks and Recreation, Department of Libraries and Museums, Creative Greensboro, and community partners worked together to bring Greensboro Summer Online, create a virtual space where residents can access a wide range of innovative online events and activities. The first version of the program is now available at www.gsosummeronline.com and more will be added over the summer.
“Greensboro continues to lead decisions that primarily promote health and safety. We will have to change our planned personal summer programs, but we want residents to know that we will continue to offer great health, wellness, arts, cultural and educational programs and events on a virtual platform, ”said Assistant City Manager Christian Wilson.
After a thorough review of the CDC and North Carolina recommended protocols and procedures, the City of Greensboro found that it is currently unable to mitigate risks to effectively and safely manage traditional, in-person programs and events. All personal summer programs are canceled or switched to online. Canceled programs include summer camps, in-person library events, swimming lessons, Summer Night Lights, and ENERGY at the Park. Residents who have paid for programs will be notified of reimbursement options shortly.
Programs being switched online include storytimes, book clubs, summer reading, children’s library programs, poetry meetings, youth parks and leisure programs, fishing competitions, virtual theater productions, online book-order with roadside-pickup, and Start Smart Athletic programs.
“Library staff continue to be creative about serving the community during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Brigitte Blanton, director of Greensboro Public Libraries. “We’ve enjoyed positive online customer interactions as we adapted to new circumstances, and I’m really excited about the summer program that the library has on the Greensboro Summer Online website. Although our programming is virtual, we believe that the library remains a conduit to destiny.
In addition to www.gsosummeronline.com, the library will use the Beanstack app, which is a mobile-friendly website for local families to participate in library programs. Beanstack provides easy access to summer reading, early literacy initiatives, and book clubs for teens and adults. Parks and Recreation offers weekly take-away activity packages for kids. Creative Greensboro will host their music online for a Sunday evening in the Park Series until it is safe to host concerts with a live audience. The city is also looking into working with the Greensboro Housing Authority to offer virtual programs and activities directly to communities that may not have internet access.
These are just a few of the ways city governments move programs online. During the summer, visit www.gsosummeronline.org for an up-to-date list of virtual programs, events and services.
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The city facilities will also have different opening times in the summer months. They are expected to open in phases in accordance with the governor’s reopening plan. For specific details on facility operating hours, see www.greensboro-nc.gov/COVID-19.
Neighborhood parks, hiking trails and golf courses are still open during regular opening times. Parks and Recreation Director Nasha McCray encouraged residents to download the free Piedmont Discovery mobile app to help them discover new parks, trails, and recreational activities in Greensboro and beyond.
“We put the health, well-being and safety of our participants, participants and employees first. That means this summer will look a little different this year. We still want you to grow, learn and play with us, ”said McCray.