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FRAMINGHAM – To further encourage social distancing and discourage the use of the Skate Park and Farm Pond Woodland Playground, the City has closed the Farm Pond parking lot effective immediately, it announced today in a press release.

The City will continue to monitor the situation and reevaluate the closure regularly.

Last week, the Governor banned parking at the state’s beaches.

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Yesterday, a Framingham Police Officer closed Cushing Memorial Park by mistake, said the police chief.

Cushing Memorial Park is open for passive recreation. The Children’s playground is closed.

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Framingham Parks and Recreation Department had closed the Skatepark, ball fields, playgrounds, courts, and the track at Bowditch Field last month, during this coronavirus pandemic.

The City has removed basketball rims, swings, and tennis nets to help further the City’s social distancing efforts.

Bowditch Track was also deemed closed during the pandemic.

According to infectious disease experts, the fastest way to slow down the virus is by limiting contact with people through social distancing (staying at least six-feet apart), washing hands, and disinfecting areas that are frequently touched.

The Centers for Disease Control suggests that wearing cloth face masks in public could also help slow the spread.

Earlier today, Mayor Yvonne Spicer released a video, in which she said she will wear a cloth mask in public starting today, and encouraged to do the same when in public.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.