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Jersey City to open parks in phases

Leonard Gordon Park is one of five parks that will open in Jersey City on Monday.

Five parks will reopen in Jersey City to begin safely helping residents restore their routines through outdoor exercise and recreational activities while social distancing, according to Mayor Steven Fulop.

As of Monday, April 27, Enos Jones Park, Berry Lane Park, Audobon Park, Leonard Gordon Park, and Pershing Field will reopen after city crews deem them clean.

The parks will be open from dawn to dusk for jogging, walking, and all non-contact activities.

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 patrols from the Jersey City Police Department.

face coverings must be worn at all times by park goers, and gloves are recommended.

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 remain closed as will restrooms and indoor facilities.

Dog walkers are asked to keep all dogs on leashes and curb all dogs before entering the park.

City officials 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 continues to encourage anyone who feels sick to stay home.

“We closed the parks early on to keep people safe, which helped slow the spread of the virus,” Fulop said.  “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.  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.”

In an email to constituents, Fulop said that space for walking and open air is important to sanity, adding “We have to be realistic that residents in a densely populated city won’t stay in their homes indefinitely especially as the weather becomes nicer nor is it healthy to ask this of them.”

The administration is also planning a second phase of municipal park openings in mid-May so that more residents will have access to recreational space while adhering to the health and safety mandates in place.

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