All of Cobb’s outdoor parks will reopen on Monday; closed play areas


East Cobb Park has been locked up since the end of March. (ECN file)

This is from the Cobb County government:

Cobb PARKS will reopen its outdoor facilities on Monday, May 11. The trails and passive parks have already been opened to the public, so this will reopen the rest of our outdoor parks. Due to the lingering health concerns surrounding the coronavirus, the following restrictions will remain in place:

  • The play areas and the toilets of the park facilities will remain closed.

  • No organized sporting activity will be allowed.

  • Park rangers and PARKS staff will monitor parks to ensure park patrons maintain appropriate social distancing. Flagrant violations could result in the closure of all or part of this facility.

  • Indoor facilities, such as aquatic centers and arts centers, will remain closed.

The count initially kept the parks open shortly after Commission Chairman Mike Boyce declared a state of emergency. Corn he ordered the parks to be closed on March 23 after being advised to do so by public health officials in “the interest of public health and to encourage social distancing.”

Entrances to East Cobb Park and other outdoor parks, including Mabry Park in East Cobb, have since been locked.

On April 23, the county reopened some trails, like the Noonday Creek Trail and the Silver Comet Trail, and a few passive parks, including Ebenezer Downs and Hyde Farm in East Cobb.

Cobb PARKS released more details on the reopens on Friday:

1. No organized activity will be allowed. This includes team training, games, meetups, etc.
2. All field lights will remain off and park concession stands will be closed.
3. On the diamond fields, the canoes will be locked.
4. All toilets will remain locked.
5. The playgrounds will remain closed. PARKS part-time staff will be stationed at these playgrounds from dawn to dusk to ensure no one violates the closures.
6. Our park staff will also monitor other areas of the park and notify public safety if organized activities are observed.

The decision to reopen the parks comes as some businesses and other public activities are gradually being allowed to reopen in Georgia.

As of noon as of Wednesday, there were 30,706 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Georgia, with 1,311 deaths, 5,770 hospitalizations and 1,348 intensive care admissions.

In Cobb County, there are 1,996 confirmed cases of the virus and 102 deaths, with 506 hospitalizations.

When the parks reopen on Monday, beautiful spring weather will be on the cards, with sunny skies and high temperatures in the ’70s and’ 80s for most of the week.

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