May 19, 2020 9:15 PM

City parks could open again June 1

Posted May 19, 2020 9:15 PM

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Hutchinson Parks Director Justin Combs says the city could reopen parks in phase two of the governor's Ad Astra plan. The city had originally made the restrictions more stringent, foregoing any opening of outdoor playgrounds and similar areas until phase three of the program. 

“We did that prior to the KRPA, Kansas Recreation and Parks Association, they came out with some recommendations after we did our phasing that recommended that playgrounds open up in phase two, ” Combs said. “I think we were just being a little more cautious.”

The reopening would include the city’s three splash pads. Combs says those who use the parks will be met with signage that warns them the park equipment is not being sanitized.

“There’s also recommendation out there that for every 30 feet of the perimeter of the playground postings about proper hygiene . . . social distancing. And we’d put a note in there that playgrounds are not being sanitized.”  

As far as the Salt City Splash goes, plans are to open the pool during phase two as well. Combs says the pool already met the limits on social gathering even before the pandemic:

“The way you kind of figure a six-foot bubble is 30 square feet per person,” Combs said. “Recommendation for a pool is 50 square feet per person. So our total capacity at the pool is actually lower than technically you could get in there with social distancing.”

Combs said that the pool would have to make sure social distancing is being followed in lines at the ticket gate and concession stand.

All of this is assuming Gov. Kelly lets the state move onto the next phase of the Ad Astra plan.

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May 19, 2020 9:15 PM
UPDATED: Injury accident closes portion of US-50 for several hours Tuesday

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — An accident on Highway 50 Tuesday morning sent two people to the hospital.

According to the Reno County Sheriff's Office, at 7:34 a.m. Tuesday, a deputy was dispatched to the 7600 block of East U.S. 50 where 22-year-old Chase Wahquahboshkuk-Kramer of Mayetta was driving a white 2013 Jeep Patriot and passed a 2017 black Honda Accord driven by 42-year-old Elizabeth Touzel of Hutchinson.

The Mayetta woman began driving erratically after passing, crossed the center line and continued into the westbound lane, where she collided head on with a semi. The 2011 semi was driven by 56-year-old Phillip Adams of Orrick, Mo.

Wahquahboshkuk-Kramer’s vehicle then collided with Touzel's vehicle. The semi exited the roadway and ended up in the north ditch. Touzel's vehicle exited the roadway and ended up in the south ditch. Wahquahboshkuk-Kramer's vehicle remained on the roadway.

Wahquahboshkuk-Kramer was wearing her seatbelt. The airbags deployed, and she was trapped in her vehicle. She was airlifted to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

Touzel was transported by Reno County EMS to the Hutchinson Regional Medical Center for treatment of her injuries. She was wearing her seat belt at the time of the accident and airbags deployed.

Adams sustained minor injuries and declined treatment by EMS. He was wearing his seat belt at the time of the accident.

Both lanes of U.S. 50 were opened back up around 3 p.m. Tuesday. The accident is still under investigation.