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ANN ARBOR, MI – On Monday, December 7, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued an extension of the three-week pause of all non-essential services that started on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, and will continue through December 20. Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission will continue to pause all non-essential services and operate remotely/virtually where possible.
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 PRESERVESAll 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 20. Staff are available virtually for these locations, please email [email protected] with any questions about the facility/operations.
MERI LOU MURRAY RECREATION CENTERThis facility will remain open and continue operating at 25% capacity. Operating and holiday hours will be modified beginning December 14.
Hours from December 8, 2020 - December 13, 2020 will be as follows:
Monday-Friday: 7am to Noon & 4pm to 8pmSaturday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.mSunday: Closed
Effective December 14, 2020 through January 10, 2021 the facility’s hours will be:
Monday – Friday: 6:00 am – 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm (The facility will be closed weekdays between 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm for cleaning)Saturday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pmSunday: Closed
Holiday HoursChristmas Eve: 6:00 am – NoonChristmas Day: ClosedNew Year’s Eve: 6:00 am – 5:00 pmNew Year’s Day: Closed
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 PROGRAMSAll nature programs will still take place, as they are outdoors, with a maximum of 10 participants and registration is required.
STEWARDSHIP VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIESAll stewardship and volunteer activities will still take place and registration is required.
PIERCE LAKE GOLF COURSEThe golf course is closed for the season, but patrons can still access the trails for walking, running and hiking.
Meghan BonfiglioDeputy Director, Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission[email protected]734-971-6337
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.