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May 19

Plan ahead for Memorial Day: Recreational areas - what's open and what's not?

Posted on May 19, 2020 at 8:28 am by Clay Curtin

Memorial Day is quickly approaching, and many families and friends traditionally gather at parks and recreational facilities. This year, while we can't gather together, we can still enjoy the outdoors responsibly.

Bedwell Bayfront Park remains open for Memorial Day, and it is important that we remember to follow all safety precautions. Visitors to Bedwell Bayfront Park are required to maintain a distance of 6 feet from those outside their household, carry a face covering for use in the parking lot, public restrooms and when encountering others along the trails. The public restrooms will be open, but restricted to one person in the restroom at a time. Public drinking fountains remain closed. In addition, parking may be restricted  to limit crowding and parking in unauthorized areas along the sides of the road or outside the park gates is prohibited.

All city parks are open to the public to enjoy walking, biking and running while maintaining social distancing.

The following areas and equipment within our parks remain closed:
  • Public basketball courts
  • Public tennis courts
  • Playgrounds
  • Picnic areas
  • Dog parks
  • Pools
  • Barbecue areas
  • The skate park on the Burgess Park campus
These facilities are temporarily closed to prevent congregation in support of the health officer's order. These facilities continue to be evaluated and could potentially reopen with safety protocols and monitoring in place. 

You can also give back this Memorial Day. If you need help, or want to give help, a good place to start is by visiting the National Memorial Day Concert website, where you will find resources and organizations that help veterans and their families. Ideas and useful links are provided, which offer various forms of assistance and support. Make a meaningful difference in the lives of our courageous military families, starting today.

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