Parks Get the Green Light

Scene at Boundary Creek Natural Resource Area, Creek Rd., Moorestown., May, 2019.

All Burlington County parks will reopen Saturday, May 2, for passive recreation after a nearly month-long, state-ordered closure.

That means trails at Boundary Creek Natural Resource Area in Moorestown and its neighbor on Creek Road, Laurel Run Park in Delran, will be open to visitors again.

However, the openings come with caveats: Trails will be open, but all facilities like pavilions, playgrounds and restrooms will remain closed; parking will be limited to half of capacity; and visitors will be required to wear masks and observe proper social distancing.

Gov. Phil Murphy ordered state and county parks to close on April 7 to curtail crowds and quash the spread of covid-19. Murphy lifted the order on Wednesday, citing in his executive order “continued progress” in the fight against the virus in New Jersey.

State parks and forests will be open for hunting, fishing, boating, hiking and other forms of passive recreation. As in county and township parks, all facilities in the state parks and forests will remain closed.

Murphy also on Wednesday green-lighted, with restrictions, the reopening of New Jersey’s golf courses.

All but one of Moorestown Township parks are open for passive recreation only, with courts, playgrounds, and facilities off-limits. Wesley Bishop Park on North Church Street is closed entirely.

Published by The Spier

Lapsed journalist.

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