MONTVILLE, NJ – Pyramid Mountain and most other Morris County parks will be reopening on May 2, after a month of closure. Governor Phil Murphy announced April 29 that state and county parks could re-open Saturday if they could allow for proper social distancing.
In Morris County, many trails and grounds of county parks managed by the Morris County Park Commission will re-open, including all four county golf courses.
“The Morris County Park Commission understands the importance of providing access to your parks, but is also responsible for the safety of park staff and patrons along with the stewardship and responsibility of protecting the natural, cultural and historic resources under its care,” said Park Commission Executive Director Dave Helmer.
“Please do your best when accessing these important resources to respect your fellow park visitor and the park resources you are enjoying,” he added.
Parks and trails may be closed for periods of time for park maintenance and park project purposes without announcement, the commission stated in a release.
PARKS & FACILITIES REMAINING CLOSED
All parks, grounds, and trails will be opened (but may have reduced parking) except for:
- Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center in Chatham – the parking lot, grounds and trails will be closed. Due to the nature of the trail system including a raised boardwalk, narrow trails, and sensitive natural environment, it is difficult to maintain a six-foot distance between trail users;
- Central Park of Morris County in Parsippany - Ice Pond/Disc Golf Course parking area will be closed but the trails will remain open;
- Seaton Hackney Stables will re-open in the near future;
- Lee’s Marina will maintain its current operational parameters (found at morrisparks.net);
- Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center and Gardens;
- Cooper Mill although parking area will remain open for trail access;
- Fosterfields Living Historical Farm;
- Frelinghuysen Arboretum except for the Community Gardens;
- Historic Speedwell;
- Lewis Morris County Park;
- Mahlon Dickerson Reservation campgrounds;
- Mennen Sports Arena;
- Willowwood Arboretum;
- All public buildings & restrooms, playgrounds, athletic fields & play areas, picnic shelters/tents remain closed.
All programs, permits, and events remain canceled at this time through May 31.
Please Practice Social Distancing at County Parks and on Trails
While the commission is delighted to be allowed to let park patrons have access to their parks again, patrons must understand there are restrictions in place and social distancing is required to visit Morris County parks, facilities and trails.
To allow various parks and trails to remain open for passive recreation, patrons are asked to follow proper CDC protocol and behavior modifications, including but not limited to:
- Recommended use of face covering;
- Only park in designated parking areas – do not park on roadsides;
- Refrain from using parks or trails if you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19;
- Follow the CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to and during use of parks or trails;
- Understand that public restrooms are not available but some sites may have portable restrooms (please bring personal sanitary supplies for yourself);
- While on trails, warn other users of your presence, and step aside to let others pass;
- Observe the CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of six feet from other individuals at all times. If this is not possible, users should find an alternate location or depart that space.
Continue to consult local and state health management websites, including the Morris County Office of Health Management website, for information on COVID-19.
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