Posted Friday, March 20th, 2020
New Information on What’s Open and Closed, and Guidelines for Use
On Friday, March 20, the Morris County Park Commission is issuing an update on the previously posted response to COVID-19’s impact on park activities.
As concerns about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak continue to grip our community, the Park Commission understands the power of parks, trails and open spaces as essential resources for health and wellness, and are balancing that with the health and wellness of park patrons and park staff.
We know that parks provide a connection to the outdoors and green space as well as opportunities for physical activity which studies demonstrate reduces stress and improves mental health.
To allow general purpose parks, trails, golf courses and some recreation and open space areas to remain open, we need you to follow proper CDC protocol and behavior modifications.
CLOSED THROUGH MARCH 31 (with closures likely to be extended):
Frelinghuysen Arboretum and Willowwood Arboretum will close at the end of the day today, March 20.
All playgrounds and playing fields, including; softball, artificial turf fields, volleyball courts, etc… all closed immediately as per the March 19 Morris County Emergency Declaration.
Dog Parks (off-leash areas) at Central Park of Morris County and Lewis Morris County Park are closed immediately. Dogs are only permitted on-leash outside of dog parks as per Park Commission Rules & Regulations, and dog waste must be picked up and removed from parkland.
Seaton Hackney Stables is closed immediately as per the March 19 Morris County Declaration of Emergency.
Mahlon Dickerson Reservation & Lewis Morris County Park Campgrounds are closed.
Programs: All indoor/outdoor programs have been cancelled. The Friends of the Frelinghuysen Arboretum sponsored programs at Frelinghuysen Arboretum have been cancelled through April. The Willowwood Foundation has cancelled the April 26 Tubbs Lecture and the May 17 Lilac Party.
Lee’s County Park Marina will remain open at this time
Environmental Education Centers: Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area, Elizabeth D. Kay Environmental Center — grounds and trails remain open.
Rentals/Park Permits: All facility rentals are cancelled.
Permit events: All permit events are cancelled.
While parks grounds and trails are open, residents are asked to:
Follow Morris County Declaration of Emergency order which has:
The Park Commission will continue to assess daily our operations and consult with the various health management institutions for recommendations and possible further changes. We will keep you informed of any necessary changes to our programs. We appreciate your support and understanding as we adapt to this fluid situation.
For further information and updates and a list of all facility closures go to www.morrisparks.net and visit our Facebook page. If you have any questions or concerns please send an email to [email protected].