Safely using parks, trails and open spaces while maintaining social distancing

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Concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continue to grip our nation, and the CDC has flagged mental health as a top concern during this high-stress and anxiety-producing global public health emergency.

We understand people may have questions and concerns about visiting our local parks, trails or open spaces at this time. While this is a rapidly changing environment, as of now, our parks, trails and open spaces can continue to be used in a safe manner that allows people to enjoy the mental and physical health benefits these spaces provide.

In all instances, we recommend people follow this public health guidance:

  • Refrain from using parks or trails if you are exhibiting symptoms.
  • Follow the CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to and during use of parks or trails.
  • Prepare for limited access to public restrooms or water fountains.
  • While on trails, warn other users of your presence before you pass, and step aside to let others pass.
  • Social gatherings of 10 or more people are not allowed per the Governor’s order, which took effect on March 19 and remains in effect for 30 days.
  • Observe the minimum recommended social distancing of 6 feet from other individuals at all times. If this is not possible, users should find an alternate location or depart that space.

We are committed to keeping parks, trails and open spaces accessible as long as it is safe to do so. Our staff continues to maintain these spaces, keeping them safe, accessible and benefiting our community during these challenging times.

Let us all do our part to use them in a way that respects each other and public health guidance. 

Other ways to engage with the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department

  • Take a drive to the summit of Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain. As always, call ahead for the latest weather conditions. Modifications include: online ticket purchases only (ie. you can’t purchase a ticket at the gate) and all gift shops, including the Summit House, are closed. Restroom facilities are available in locations along the highway, but not on the summit.
  • Book a tee time online to play a round at our municipal golf courses – Patty Jewett and Valley Hi. The restaurants are takeout only.

This post was adapted from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).

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