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The city of Kalamazoo announced they are reopening parks for limited use starting Wednesday, May 6. 

The city of Kalamazoo originally closed parks on April 7 due to COVID-19.

All hands-on equipment in city parks including playground equipment, exercise equipment, picnic pavilions, tables, and restroom facilities will remain closed for the health and safety of visitors, the city said in a press release.  

Visitors must follow social distancing guidelines and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Large gatherings of people will not be permitted, the city said. 

“We encourage our community to use their parks in a safe and responsible manner,” said Sean Fletcher, Parks & Recreation Director for the City of Kalamazoo. “Please maintain the recommended 6-foot distance and follow all public health guidance to keep everyone safe.” 

The city of Kalamazoo will continue to monitor the use of parks and may adjust policies or restrictions as necessary to protect public health, they said. 

The Kalamazoo County Parks will also reopen with limited use on Wednesday, May 6. Walking trails, boat ramps, shoreline fishing, and bike trails will be accessible for park visitors. 

Visitors must adhere to social distancing measures including remaining at least six feet from people outside their household, according to Kalamazoo County Parks and Expo Center.

Many park amenities will remain closed including playgrounds, campgrounds, dog parks, disc golf course, the radio-controlled flying field, and picnic shelters and tables, the county said. All park offices and restrooms will also be closed, so visitors should plan accordingly, the county said. 

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William Mikel

On the one hand, opening the parks is a relief for people, because now people have a place to walk and rest, but at the same time, it can lead to the second wave of human infections. And it can have a very negative impact on the fight against the virus.

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