Jersey City is reopening 5 parks with COVID-19 restrictions

Virus Outbreak New Jersey
Posted at 11:02 AM, Apr 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-25 17:17:18-04

JERSEY CITY — Jersey City’s mayor is reopening five parks on Monday to give residents more options for outdoor recreation and exercise as the weather turns warmer amid the COVID-19 crisis.

The parks will be open from dawn to dusk, but with some restrictions. Parkgoers must follow social distancing rules and wear a face covering at all times. Gloves are also recommended but not required.

There will be Parks Department employees monitoring each park to ensure cleanliness and that the COVID-19 restrictions are being followed.

The parks to open on Monday are:

  • Enos Jones Park
  • Berry Lane Park
  • Audubon Park
  • Leonard Gordon Park
  • Pershing Field

Mayor Steven Fulop said closing the parks early on in the outbreak helped slow the spread of the virus in the city, but he acknowledged the public need for greenspaces now that spring has arrived.

“After nearly two months of quarantine, there’s also a mental and physical health aspect that needs to be considered, and we know we can’t ask our residents, who rely on parks for outdoor access, to stay inside indefinitely,” Fulop said in a statement on Saturday. “We believe now is an appropriate time to responsibly provide residents with that public health outlet in a controlled setting, especially as the weather warms.”

City crews will give each park a deep clean before they open on Monday, according to Fulop’s office.

The mayor also warned city official will limit entry to parks if overcrowding becomes an issue.

Multi-player sports are banned, and all playgrounds, dog runs, basketball courts, and other active recreation equipment remain closed. Bathrooms also remain closed.

Another round of parks are expected reopen in mid-May, although Fulop’s office did not disclose which locations.