The City of Madison issued a statement Wednesday afternoon that Madison Parks Department is suspending all activities at the Rucker Sports Complex until at least Aug. 1.

The decision, which is effectively immediately, came after the department was informed of two positive COVID-19 cases for participants of the Complex.

“Today, we learned that two individuals who have visited Rucker Sports Complex tested positive for COVID-19. Upon discussing these results with the Jefferson County Health Department and Mayor Bob Courtney, we believe the best decision for the community’s health and those who use the facility is to suspend all activities at Rucker,” said Parks Director Seth Pennington.

The release said as of today, all practices and games are suspended. This includes city softball and baseball leagues and travel teams that use Rucker and other city parks facilities. All field rentals and tournaments will not be permitted during the closure. Additionally, practices and games will not be permitted at John Paul Park.

On Wednesday, Aug. 1, the parks department will re-evaluate the decision. The statement said that additional information pertaining to the two individuals who tested positive at Rucker Sports Complex will not be shared.

Like White closed until July 27

The city’s decision to close Rucker Sports Complex comes just days after Lide White Boys and Girls Club announced on its Facebook page that it would be closed on Saturday, Monday and Tuesday and then extended that closure to at least July 27 after learning that a staff member had come into contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Lide White staff members were tested for COVID-19 Friday and results were pending.

During the closure the Club planned a complete a thorough deep cleaning of the facility to ensure that all kids, staff and volunteers are safe when the Club reopens. The Club had hoped to reopen Wednesday, July 15, pending test results, but will now be shut down at least an additional 12 days.