The Belleview Children’s Farm was closed June 21 and will reopen on schedule June 26 to allow goats and sheep time to recover from a skin irritation.
Joe Sack, recreation services manager, said a bug infestation caused the skin irritation, and veterinarians were called to provide treatment.
“The irritation wasn’t contagious but the treatment for the goats and sheep is to be dusted down with a special powder,” he said. “While the powder isn’t dangerous, we didn’t want kids getting the powder on their hands when they were petting the goats and sheep. Also, the vet suggested we allow a few days for the powder to act, which would also be a chance for the animals to rest.”
He said the barn portion where smaller animals are kept in glass enclosures or in cages will be open at no charge. However, the barnyard where the sheep, goats, chickens, cows and donkeys are kept will not be open to the public.
The children’s farm is part of Belleview Park, located at 5001 S. Inca St. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The farm is closed on Mondays.