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Posted on: November 18, 2020

Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission - COVID-19 Update - November 18, 2020

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ANN ARBOR, MI –  On Monday, November 16, Washtenaw County Administrator Gregory Dill announced the pause of all non-essential services beginning Wednesday, November 18, 2020 and continuing through December 8, 2020. The announcement is in compliance with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ most recent order (Emergency Order under MCL 333.2253) which includes a requirement for all workplaces with the ability to operate remotely, to be virtual. 

Parks and Preserves are critical to the health and general well-being of county residents. Acknowledging the importance of parks to the community, all parks and trails will remain open. As this pandemic remains a very fluid and evolving situation we continue to base our opening/operations plans on the most current directives from Federal and State Government, guidance from our County Health Department, and best practices from other parks and recreation agencies around the state. The health and safety of our park staff and patrons are paramount in our park opening and operations plans.

Below is an update regarding the current status of Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission operations. These updates are subject to change, please visit our website washtenaw.org/parks for the most up-to-date information regarding Washtenaw County Parks operations.

PARKS AND PRESERVES
All park and preserve trails are open for public access and use. Offices at Nelson Meade County Farm Park, Rolling Hills County Park & Independence Lake County Park will be closed through December 8. Staff are available virtually for these locations, please email [email protected] with any questions about the facility/operations. 

MERI LOU MURRAY RECREATION CENTER
This facility will remain open and continue operating at 25% capacity. Operating and holiday hours will be modified beginning November 18:

  • Monday through Friday; 7am to Noon & 4pm to 8pm
  • Saturday; 8am – 6pm
  • Sunday; Closed
  • The facility will be closed Thanksgiving (11/26) & Friday (11/27)

For more information about these changes, please take a look at the news story on the Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission’s website. For questions about facility operations please email [email protected].

NATURE PROGRAMS
All nature programs will still take place, as they are outdoors, with a maximum of 10 participants and registration is required. 

STEWARDSHIP VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
All stewardship and volunteer activities will still take place and registration is required. 

PIERCE LAKE GOLF COURSE
The golf course is closed for the season, but patrons can still access the trails for walking, running and hiking.

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Contact:

Meghan Bonfiglio
Deputy Director, Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission
[email protected]
734-971-6337

Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission

The Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission, founded in 1973, currently manages 14 parks and 33 nature preserves totaling more than 6,000 acres. Washtenaw County Parks provides recreational and nature-based programming. Visit us at washtenaw.org/parks on Facebook and Instagram, or call 734-971-6337.  

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