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.
The hike-bike trail at Kensington Metropark’s Maple Beach will be closed beginning Wednesday, September 28 and reopen Monday, October 2. Please follow the posted signs as you enjoy the trail.
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 program is canceled until further notice.
- Outdoor programming is opening back up beginning September 11, 2020. Face coverings are encouraged for all outdoor programs and social distancing is required. Nature Center buildings remain closed.
- All water facilities are closed for the season.
- We are cancelling the annual fireworks shows in all parks. We have also canceled all summer concerts at Lake St. Clair and Stony Creek Metroparks. These events traditionally draw very large crowds, making social distancing impossible.
- 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 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 Island Queen at Kensington Metropark is not running tours at this time.
- Our boat rental facilities are open for their final weekend September 25-27. Please visit our individual park pages for more details on hours of individual boat rental facilities.
- Canoe and kayak liveries that operate within the parks are now open.
- Food concession areas within the parks are slowly reopening.
- Camping is open. Walnut Grove Campground at Lower Huron Metropark is open through October 25. idgewood Campground at Stony Creek Metropark is open through September 27.
- 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.