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Metroparks Covid-19 Precautions – Preparing for Summer

Here at your Huron-Clinton Metroparks, we’re proud that so many people across Southeast Michigan have chosen to visit their favorite Metroparks these past weeks. Keeping everyone healthy – physically and mentally – is a critical part of the state’s recovery plan and our commitment to the region.

First and foremost, the Governor’s orders allow 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.

We have resumed our normal tolling operations and charge admission seven days a week as of May 16. Park admission revenue helps us continue to maintain the park properties and keep them operational year-round. To increase your safety – and value – now is a great time to purchase your Metroparks Annual Pass, getting access to all 13 Metroparks all year long. You can purchase your pass online at https://www.metroparks.com/shop/.

Of course, it’s important that you remember to give other visitors the recommended six feet of safe space. We’re committed to doing all we can to protect Michiganders against the coronavirus and keep the properties open and available for all to use.

Park Capacity Monitoring and Temporary Intermittent Closures

Our Metroparks team is actively monitoring attendance in the parks. Metroparks Police and park staff are now performing parking lot counts three times a day to ensure that total parking spaces within each park do not exceed 60% of their full capacity. When overcrowding occurs, we may use temporary closures to certain areas within the parks – or entire parks. Depending on the time of the day that capacity is reached, the park may reopen as visitors leave. Those visitors already in the park when a closure starts are welcome to enjoy the rest of their visit. Learn more about closing procedures.

Park Closures

Baypoint Beach at Stony Creek Metropark is closed for construction.

On Tuesday, June 9, through noon on Wednesday, June 10, there will be no swimming at Eastwood Beach in Stony Creek Metropark. The lake is being sprayed for invasive weeds and swimming will not be permitted for 24 hours after treatment. Boating we still be permitted. Thank you for your patience.

 

Additional Precautions to Expect During Your Visit

The staff at your Huron-Clinton Metroparks wants you to know what you can expect from us moving forward.

If you visit one of the Metroparks during this time, please be aware of a few important changes we’ve put in place at all of our parks:

  • Our programming is canceled through June 15.
  • We are cancelling the annual fireworks shows in all parks. We have also canceled all summer concerts through July 5 at Lake St. Clair and Stony Creek Metroparks. These events traditionally draw very large crowds, making social distancing impossible.
  • Volunteer events and community and scout projects are on hold until further notice.
  • Our playgrounds are closed.
  • Our park offices are closed.
  • Our interpretive centers are closed. This includes all nature centers, farm centers and the Marshlands Museum.
  • Limited bathrooms are open at this time. Bathrooms in the parks are being slowly reopened, but the ability to keep bathrooms open will rely on the ability to restock toilet paper, soap and disinfecting supplies. It is recommended that you wear a face mask in public restrooms, where keeping six feet of space may be difficult. Always follow CDC guidelines for slowing the spread of COVID-19.
  • Our drinking fountains are turned off due to proper disinfecting between uses being difficult. Please bring bottled water with you during your visit.
  • Golf courses are now open with additional precautions.
  • The mini adventure course (put-put) at Lake St. Clair Metropark is closed.
  • Our beaches open and available for visitors, as long as they are practicing social distancing. We are working with local health departments to perform water quality testing to ensure our beaches are safe for swimming. Our police officers will be out enforcing social distancing, and our ability to keep these areas open relies on people practicing social distancing. Please remember to give other visitors the recommended six feet of space so that we can keep these areas open to visitors. Please be aware that we are making improvements in the parks around Maple Beach at Kensington Metropark and Baypoint Beach at Stony Creek Metropark. Baypoint Beach will remain closed at this time. Please watch for and obey construction signage in those areas.
  • Pools, splash pads, the Turtle Cove Aquatic Center and the slide at Stony Creek Metropark are closed. At this time, we don’t have a forecast for when they will reopen. This delayed opening will accommodate repair projects that couldn’t be made during the Stay Home, Stay Safe executive orders, as well as necessary safety training for lifeguards.
  • The Island Queen at Kensington Metropark is not running tours at this time.
  • Our boat rental facilities, as well as the canoe and kayak liveries that operate within the parks, are closed to abide by the executive orders of the Governor.
  • You can download at-home activities and access videos and other content to stay engaged with the Metroparks at metroparks.com/virtual

We continue to encourage everyone to  follow these important steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

• If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, call your health care provider. If you do not have a health care provider, call the nearest hospital.
• Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If not available, use hand sanitizer.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
• Avoid contact with people who are sick.
• If you are sick, stay home, and avoid contact with others.
• Stay at least 6 feet away from others when in a public setting.

Patients with confirmed infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

• Fever
• Cough
• Shortness of breath

Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.

 

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