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Posted on: April 6, 2020

Parks & Recreation implementing "friendly monitors" to encourage social distancing

Parks Signage CDC reminders

FBTX ~ The City of Farmers Branch wants our residents to continue reaping the benefits of our many parks when it’s time to get some fresh air during this health emergency.

   However, it’s going to take some cooperation from the public. Some North Texas cities are threatening to close their parks because people are not following the need to practice social distancing. Similarly, many Farmers Branch residents have expressed concerns about those among us who choose not to follow social distancing guidelines at our parks during the COVID-19 crisis. 

   In an effort to keep every park open, the City will redeploy our Parks & Recreation staff members to work in conjunction with the Police Department and Code Enforcement team members in our parks during this crisis. These “friendly monitors” will remind park patrons about the City’s emergency declaration, which recommends social distancing. The monitors will wear City of Farmers Branch attire and will have City identification badges. 

   “If we don’t follow the rules, we will need to restrict access and no one wants that,” said Farmers Branch Parks and Recreation Director Mike Mashburn. “We are all in this together and we all need to do our part.”

   More information is at

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