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 months. 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 pandemic. We do follow all executive orders from the state as well as orders and recommendations from local health departments and will continue to update our operations as those change.
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.
October 15- The well at the Wolcott Mill Metropark Farm Center is currently down, therefore the bathrooms must remain closed until it is repaired. There are portable toilets available for use, but no running water at this time. We will update you when the well is back up and running. Until then staff will be hauling water from off-site for animal care and dairy operations.
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:
- All indoor programming is canceled until further notice.
- Outdoor programming is opening back up beginning September 11, 2020. Face coverings are required for all outdoor programs and social distancing is required. Nature Center buildings remain closed.
- Volunteer events and community & scout projects are being phased in, with the necessary precautions and following CDC guidelines to lessen the spread of COVID-19. Currently, we are allowing for golf volunteers, Eagle Scout/Collaborative volunteer projects, Work Skills volunteers, and some scheduled Natural Resources volunteer days with limited numbers of participants (click here for Natural Resources volunteer days).
- Our playgrounds are open in all parks.
- Our park offices are closed.
- Our Farm Centers at Kensington and Wolcott Metroparks are now open. Visitors will see new safety guidelines and protocols while still allowing them time to visit the animals at their leisure.
- Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting efforts will be made throughout the centers
- Signage reminding visitors to sanitize their hands before and after interacting with the animals and to maintain social distance will be located around the farm centers
- Directional arrows will be placed to encourage one way flow if need be
- Hand sanitizing stations are located throughout both farm centers
- Face Masks are recommended for visitors when inside of a building
- Most bathrooms in the parks are open, but we are beginning the winterization process, so some bathrooms will begin closing for the season.
- 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 Island Queen at Kensington Metropark is not running tours at this time.
- 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:
• Shortness of breath
Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.