JERSEY CITY, NJ - Councilman Rolando Lavarro visited Audubon Park early Monday to judge for himself whether the space was prepared for visitors. While praising local workers for their efforts up to that point, his verdict, after noting used gloves and other trash around the perimeter and on the park’s grounds was clear: opening the parks was premature.

Over the weekend Mayor Steven Fulop authorized the reopening of five Jersey City parks from dawn to dusk. Reopened Monday were Audubon Park, Berry Lane Park, Enos Jones Park, Leonard Gordon Park and Pershing Field Park. “After nearly two months of quarantine, there’s also a mental and physical health aspect that needs to be considered, and we know we can’t ask our residents, who rely on parks for outdoor access, to stay inside indefinitely.”

“I urge Jersey City residents to continue to shelter in place,” Lavarro, who beat coronavirus, said. “While I understand the need to get exercise, stretch, breathe the fresh air, and to maintain sanity, let’s not regress. Walk around or up and down the block. I know the view gets stale, but it’s a small price to pay to save lives.”

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