Washago Pond at Willow Metropark in New Boston. Huron Hub file photo by Scott Bolthouse.
By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
Published March 23, 2020
It’s important to remember that Michigan residents can still go outside and be active during the mandatory stay home order announced today by Gov. Whitmer.
While some businesses and public parks might be closing, the Huron-Clinton Metroparks will remain open, you just have to remember to practice social distancing when visiting the parks.
“The Governor’s order allows us to keep all 13 Metroparks open. This gives you the opportunity to continue using the Metroparks for healthy activities like hiking, biking, running, walking your dog or just enjoying nature, all while practicing the social distancing necessary to keep you and others safe during this emergency period,” a statement from Metroparks said.
If you visit one of the Metroparks during this time, be aware of a few important changes the parks have put in place during the COVID-19 outbreak:
- Programming is canceled through April 13.
- Playgrounds are closed.
- Park offices are closed.
- Interpretive Centers are closed. This includes all nature centers, farm centers and the Marshlands Museum.
- Restrooms are closed.
“We know this is an inconvenience, but it will be difficult to ensure they are all disinfected properly and allow six feet of distance between visitors. Make sure you use the restroom before leaving home,” the parks said in a statement.
Additionally, the opening of golf courses is delayed through April 13.
The Metroparks are currently offering free admission on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
The parks say they are charging regular admission on Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays to help them continue to maintain the park properties and keep them operational. On those days, tollbooths will be staffed.
You can also download at-home activities and access videos and other content to stay engaged with the Metroparks at metroparks.com/virtual.
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