WESTFIELD, NJ — Parks reopened for passive recreation earlier this month and now residents are complaining of teenagers gathering in one local park and not observing social distancing.

Mayor Shelley Brindle in an emailed update Friday asked parents to remind their children about social distancing protocols and to help keep local parks clean.

“Brightwood Park has become a popular hangout for teens, with several people observing groups of 10 or more congregating in the park, with no apparent attempt at social distancing,” Brindle said. “Unfortunately, there has also been a significant amount of trash left behind.”

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After being closed for nearly a month due to COVID-19, the town partially reopened its municipal parks on May 2.

Shortly after the opening, Brindle thanked the community for what she described as “vast cooperation” with social distancing protocols.

On Friday, she reminded the public to keep parks safe.

“As our parks become more utilized (which is great!), it’s incumbent upon all of us to ensure they remain safe and clean for all,” Brindle said.

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