May 30, 2020 8:00 PM

Great Bend Rec: No bleachers, no sunflower seeds at ballgames

Posted May 30, 2020 8:00 PM
For the time being, no access to bleachers and no sunflower seeds will be allowed at Great Bend Recreation Commission games.
For the time being, no access to bleachers and no sunflower seeds will be allowed at Great Bend Recreation Commission games.

By COLE REIF
Great Bend Post

The Great Bend Recreation Commission has revised the summer program guide several times over the past couple of months. Normally, the guide to activities scheduled by the Rec Commission is finished in March. The COVID-19 pandemic forced several revisions following closures and gathering restrictions.

GBRC is part of the Kansas Recreation & Park Association that already has guidelines established with moving forward with activities, classes and sports. Great Bend Rec Aquatics Director Megan Hammeke says their events, including baseball and softball, will look different but at least there will be something.

"We will have signs posted," said Hammeke. "We know there will be things sadly missed but we rather have some ball than no ball."

For the foreseeable future, bleachers will be off limits for fans at baseball and softball fields. Anyone wishing to watch the games will need to bring their own seating. Hammeke says sunflower seeds will also be prohibited. These rules apply to all GBRC sponsored events and tournaments hosted at the ballfields.

For a list of rescheduled and upcoming events and to enroll, visit greatbendrec.com.

"You can click on the link for enrolling now and you can enroll your family for all our classes online," Hammeke said.

Enrollment for summer programs and swimming lessons begin June 1. The My Backyard Playground on 18th Street will reopen June 1.