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Posted on: May 15, 2020

Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission Updates, Guidelines, Park Use and Closures

Flowers at County Farm Park

ANN ARBOR, MI – June 25, 2020, Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission has continued to update our policies, procedures and guidelines weekly based on Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Orders. The most recent Executive Orders [2020-59], [2020-69], [2020-100], [2020-110] have provided more guidance regarding the new guidelines, park openings, delay of openings and closures of some amenities and facilities.

Parks and Preserves are critical to the health and general well-being of county residents. Acknowledging the importance of parks to the community, the Governor has specifically allowed increasing levels of outdoor recreation with each updated executive order that is released. As the Governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order is starting to show steady and positive results, we are developing plans to open more facilities and programs, while adhering to the important social distancing protocols.

As this pandemic remains a very fluid and evolving situation 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.

At this time all of our parks, preserves and facilities are open for use. This includes all of our park amenities; playgrounds, picnic tables, pavilions, and restrooms (the Sharon Mills restroom is still closed to the public).

Blue Heron Bay and Rolling Hills Water Park will remain closed for the season if you’d like additional information regarding those closures, please see the article “Rolling Hills Water Park and Blue Heron Bay Spray Park Closed for Summer.”

The Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center will not reopen until Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order has been lifted on gyms, so please keep an eye on out social media for more details. Informational videos will be released to help showcase what to changes you can expect upon returning to the facility. Some changes include; limited equipment, a new check-in process, new gym schedules, mask guidelines and social distancing measures.

Washtenaw County Parks will continue to monitor and adapt to the ever-changing public health guidelines and will continue to update our website and social media pages with information. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this uncertain time.

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For Immediate Release
Contact: Coy Vaughn, Director
Washtenaw County Parks & 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. Besides trails within most facilities, WCPARC major trail initiative, the Border-to-Border (B2B) trail, connects Wayne, Washtenaw and Livingston counties via a 70+ mile trail system. Visit us at washtenaw.org/parks on Facebook and Instagram, or call 734-971-6337.

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