After teasing the idea last night, the City of Jersey City has released the names of the five parks that will open with restrictions in place on Monday.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“We closed the parks early on to keep people safe, which helped slow the spread of the virus. After nearly 2 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,” Mayor Steven Fulop said in a statement.
“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.”
As of Monday, April 27th, the following five parks spanning the city will reopen with restrictions: Enos Jones Park, Berry Lane Park, Audubon Park, Leonard Gordon Park, and Pershing Field.
One Division of Parks and Forestry employee and one Recreation Division employee will be assigned to each park to ensure cleanliness, safe social distancing, and proper park usage with added patrol from the Jersey City Police Department.
Additionally, a face covering must be worn at all times and gloves are recommended.
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 also continues to encourage anyone who feels sick to stay home.
Furthermore, 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.
The administration is planning a second phase of park openings in mid-May so that more residents have access to recreational space while adhering to the health and safety mandates in place.
Fulop first made mention of the idea in his weekly newsletter that went out Friday evening.
As of last night, Jersey City has confirmed 4,442 coronavirus cases and 260 deaths.