Park Closures due to COVID-19 concerns
Folks we are getting reports of some park / camping closures in response to Covid-19. Please use this thread to post about known closures and include a link or some reference. Don't post rumors.
New Mexico State parks is notifying campers today that state parks would be closed to overnight stays.
All PA state parks are closed to camping: https://www.dcnr.pa.gov/Pages/AlertDetails.aspx
Tyler State Park in Texas has closed temporarily. There's a closure notice at the top of the page.
Navajo Nation parks are Closed
The above is as of today.
We have reservations for month of May in Oregon and got an e-mail from Oregon State Parks today that they are still open, but depending on what happens (I assuming they are referring to potential staff illnesses) they might be understaffed.
They're also temporarily waiving cancellation fees.
Here's the text of the e-mail:
"Subject: Oregon State Parks and COVID-19
Sent: Friday, March 13, 2020, 6:59 PM
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is honored to serve you and provide special places for you to enjoy. An essential part of operating a park relates to the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, and visitors like you. I am writing to let you know that while the COVID-19 situation is still very fluid, your parks are currently open, and we are continuing to put our best foot forward by reviewing and updating our approach to management. Here are some of the things that we are doing:
Refining our facility cleaning procedures to focus on high traffic areas and touch points.
Staying in touch with state emergency managers so we’re current on available information and guidance.
Following Governor Brown’s strategic measures to reduce risk of COVID-19 spreading.
Working with our staff and volunteers to best serve visitors in this uncertain time. This may mean reduced service levels or closures in areas where we have fewer staff or volunteers available.
You are an important part of health and safety at our parks. Here is what you can personally do:
Continue the hand washing and personal hygiene recommended by CDC.
If you are sick with any ailment, please consider staying home, and if you do travel, keep your distance from other visitors and staff. At least six feet would be best.
If you see a park facility that needs attention, let us know. We are cleaning as often as staffing allows, but have experienced increases in vandalism and theft in our restrooms.
Understand that many different people use the recreation environment, and we try to make our spaces welcoming to all. Help us keep a stigma-free (https://bit.ly/stigma-free) and compassionate environment by correcting misinformation and reporting any incidences of harassment involving prejudiced language or actions.
We have prepared a special web page with frequently asked questions (https://bit.ly/park-covid). One of the most popular questions relates to cancellations. We understand that the current situation may force last-minute changes. To respond to this situation, we are modifying our policy now through May 12, 2020 to include a refund for all site rental fees, even for cancellations that happen the same day as the reservation. We are unable to refund the $8 online reservation fee at this time. If you have questions that are not found on the OPRD website, please reach out to park info by email at email@example.com or call 1-800-551-6949, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m..
Lisa Sumption, Director"
Washington State Parks are currently all open as they would normally be this time of year. Here's a link:
This is also their main page for other park-related information, bulletins, reservations, etc.
Most events within the parks are currently cancelled due to social distancing. Again, this can change without notice, so here's a website to keep up with state park events:
Hope your travels to WA state parks are safe, healthy, and amazing!
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The mayor of Jacksonville, FL declared a state of emergency which includes the closure of all city of Jacksonville Parks.
Hanna Park, a popular NE Florida campground is a City of Jacksonville Park.
From the Times-Union newspaper:
"The closure of parks will affect all park-related activities, including camping at Hanna Park and youth sports leagues that have games and practices at city parks."
Things are changing fast in the Puget Sound area. Tacoma metro parks, community centers, and the zoo are closing till March 31. There are others. Here's the link:
Looks like Ohio is using some common sense and cutting ranger/naturalist programs and closing two very busy visitor centers Hocking Hills State Park and Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Center. Restrooms and park access are still available at the two parks with closed visitor centers.
Bayou Segnette State Park in Westwego, LA
Announced on NOLA.com:
Bayou Segnette State Park in Westwego is being used as a possible overflow isolation area for people with suspected cases of the coronavirus, according to the Office of State Parks.
The park is closed to the public and will be evacuated. Reservations through April 13 will be canceled.
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