Kids using the Walla Walla Point playground for the first time in a year

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In a sign of a return to the old normal, the playground at Walla Walla Point Park reopened last week for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began a year ago.

And that’s just the beginning.

Parks Manager Ryan Baker told PUD commissioners this week that in addition to reopening its playgrounds, additional recreational opportunities that were shut down during the pandemic will be returning to PUD facilities soon.

The PUD will also be reopening its shelter at Walla Walla Point Park sometime this month once they’re able to resume water service without fear of a freeze.

However, Shelter 2 near the park is likely to remain unavailable for a while as the PUD lends its support to the mass vaccination effort at nearby Town Toyota Center.

And ballfield reopenings are likely to happen in April, Baker said.

“Of course we’re looking at the governor’s guidelines and the amount of people who are gathering in those areas but we’ll be ready to go in April.

The PUD’s playground at Rocky Reach will, however, remain closed as remodeling of the Discovery Center continues.