Jersey City mayor: Reopening some parks 'crucial to mental and physical health'

Posted at 8:31 AM, Apr 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-27 08:32:38-04

JERSEY CITY — Five of Jersey City’s largest parks reopened Monday morning amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Mayor Steven Fulop told PIX11’s Dan Mannarino the decision was largely made with city residents’ mental and physical health in mind.

“We know that in cities and urban areas parks are really crucial to mental and physical health, and we think it’s important,” Fulop said.

Jersey City shuttered all of its parks early on in the outbreak, and after more than six weeks, the mayor said it’s time to give residents an outlet.

The following parks will be open from dawn to dusk, but with some restrictions:

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

Parks Department workers will be stationed at each park to make sure people are wearing face coverings and following social distancing rules.

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