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Lahey Family Fun Park in Clarks Summit opens mini golf courses for Memorial Day weekend

Lahey Family Fun Park in Clarks Summit opens mini golf courses for Memorial Day weekend
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As Memorial Day weekend approaches after months of sheltering in place, people are looking for things to do outdoors while still taking precautions to protect themselves from the coronavirus.

First, drive-in theaters started opening up for the season, and public parks soon followed.

Yesterday, Lahey Family Fun Park in Clarks Summit announced plans to open at least part of its facilities – the miniature golf course.

Mini golf will be open starting this Friday, May 22 through Monday, May 25 from noon-8 p.m., though all other attractions will remain closed for now. The two picturesque courses feature 18 holes each with an average hole length of 40 feet, a wooded mountainside with five waterfalls and seven streams spread across 2.5 acres, and some challenging obstacles along the way. Admission for children 11 and under is $6 each, and adult admission is $7.50 each.

“We are so excited to see all of our amazing customers, but we must do so with some new rules and safety precautions,” the park posted on Facebook.

“Please read the following guidelines before coming to celebrate Memorial Day weekend and the unofficial start of summer here at Lahey!”

The safety protocols are listed below:

  • All customers must wear masks in and around the clubhouse.
  • Please keep at least one full hole distance between you and the group ahead of you.
  • Maintain social distance of 6 feet+ from other customers at all times.
  • Enter from the left side of building and follow signs when exiting to create a one-way flow of traffic.
  • Leave all clubs and balls at the designated area to be sanitized before next use (keep your pencil).
  • If possible, download a scorecard app such as “My Mini-Golf Scorecard.”
  • If you are experiencing any symptoms of illness, please say home.

Lahey Family Fun Park (500 Morgan Hwy., Clarks Summit) is a family-owned amusement center that opened in 1994. While off-limits for now, the business also has a quarter-mile go-kart track with two over/under bridges, nine baseball and softball batting cages, bumper boats on a natural pond, and an arcade, typically hosting birthday parties, group outings, and camping trips.

Lackawanna County is still considered a “red zone” where only life-sustaining businesses can operate, and Governor Tom Wolf has extended stay-at-home orders through June 4, though restrictions are slowly being lifted. Most of Pennsylvania will be shifting into the yellow phase by next Friday, but in Northeastern Pennsylvania, the counties of Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, and Pike will remain red. According to the Pennsylvania National Electronic Disease Surveillance System, Lackawanna County currently has 1,432 documented cases of COVID-19, causing 137 deaths.