Montgomery Parks began gradually re-opening playgrounds and other park amenities on Monday. The process of re-opening the county’s 276 playgrounds is expected to take up to two weeks .
With the county now in Phase 2 of its reopening plan, Montgomery Parks is also re-opening indoor facilities, including tennis centers and the Wheaton Sports Pavilion.
“We are looking forward to re-opening many of our park facilities and easing some of the restrictions that were placed on various park amenities,” said Mike Riley, director of Montgomery Parks, “To ensure the health and safety of park staff, volunteers and the public, we must all continue to follow the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and county guidelines.”
According to a Montgomery Parks press release, the guidelines include:
- Stay home if you feel sick or have symptoms.
- Practice physical distancing by staying at least six feet away from others.
- Gather in groups of 50 or fewer.
- Wear face coverings in public, especially when it’s not possible to maintain six feet of distance from others.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and bring hand sanitizer when visiting parks to use before, during, and after your visits.
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Park facility re-open dates are as follows according to department officials:
- The Miniature Trains at Wheaton Regional Park and Cabin John Regional Park will re-open on June 27 on weekends only until July 6, when they re-open for daily use.
- The carousel at Wheaton Regional Park remains closed.
- Miniature Golf at South Germantown Park will re-open on June 27 on weekends only, with limited hours from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Credit card payments encouraged.
- Tennis centers at Wheaton Regional Park and Cabin John Regional Park will re-open on July 6 with limited hours.
- The Wheaton Sports Pavilion will re-open on July 6 for futsal, soccer, and lacrosse.
Beginning today, we begin to gradually open up our playgrounds.
It may take up to two weeks to reopen all 276 playgrounds. So, we ask your patience during this time.
— Montgomery Parks (@MontgomeryParks) June 29, 2020
Good news for families across #MoCo as @MontgomeryParks will begin reopening today! But before you head out, there are a few things to take note of. @CaseyAndersonPB #StaySafeStayHealthy pic.twitter.com/DXibzgdF05
— Montgomery Council (@MoCoCouncilMD) June 29, 2020