City Hall will open to the public starting on Monday, June 1st at 7:00 a.m. There will also be updated hours of operations to allow for more public access in the morning outside of normal business hours. The new hours will be Monday – Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Fridays will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Only two patrons will be allowed within City Hall at any one time and visitor areas will be restricted. Masks are encouraged to be worn, but will not be required. City staff still encourages the public to continue to work with them through appointments, phone calls, emails, or online services to help continue slow the spread of the virus. For any City of Dell Rapids service please call (605) 428-3595 or email email@example.com.
The comfort stations at Rickeman Field and City Park are also now open as of Friday, May 22nd. The comfort stations will be supplied with soap, and the public is encouraged to continue to practice good hygiene and hand washing when using the parks, amenities, and facilities. There is also an ask to continue to practice good social distances while using the parks, trails, facilities throughout the summer months.
The city campground will not open until June 29th. Reservations are now available for that opening date. The campground, however, will be restricted. Only the north part of the campground site (the old portion) will be available for camping. The south portion of the campground (the new portion) are not completed yet due to the flooding from the fall of 2019. The comfort station and shower facility will be open and available for camper use.
The Dell Rapids Carnegie Library will be working on a phased approach to opening. Starting on Monday, June 1st, curbside pick-up of library materials will be available. The library will also host the summer reading program online through the summer months. The phased plan to opening could see a limited public opening of the building starting in early August.
The Dell Rapids City Council made the decision to keep the pool closed for the 2020 season. The decision was made due to CDC guidelines for pool operations as well as staffing and budget considerations. The pool closure will mean no swimming lessons this year, but the city is hopeful that they will be able to fully operate the pool in 2021.