Jersey City announced that it begin a phased reopening of five parks on Monday, 4/27 as a first step to safely help residents restore their routines through outdoor exercise and recreational activities while adhering to social distancing measures.
Previously, residents have petitioned for the reopening of county and state parks.
The parks will be open for residents to enjoy the fresh air from dawn to dusk for jogging, walking, and all non-contact activities following the health and safety protocols in place.
On Monday, April 27, the following five parks spanning the city will reopen with restrictions:
- Enos Jones Park
- Berry Lane Park
- Audubon Park
- Leonard Gordon Park
- Pershing Field
Prior to reopening, city crews will deep clean the parks in an abundance of caution. Starting Monday, city officials will reserve the right to limit entry to the park if overcrowding becomes a concern, and will remove park-goers if improper behavior takes place. The city continues to encourage anyone who feels sick to stay home.
No organized sports will be permitted in an effort to maintain health and safety protocols. Playground equipment, dog runs, basketball hoops, and other active recreation equipment will still remain closed. Restrooms and any indoor facilities will also remain closed to public access. Dog walkers are also asked to keep all dogs on leashes and curb all dogs before entering the park.
Jersey City’s phased reopening of parks will include a second phase in mid-May so that more residents have access to recreational space while adhering to the health and safety mandates in place.
Header: Courtesy Leonard Gordon Park Conservancy’s Facebook page