CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – (April 16, 2020) Due to the Public Health Emergency Proclamation for Linn County, that was issued by Governor Reynolds today, Gardner Golf Course and disc golf courses within Cedar Rapids parks will be closed. The closures will take effect April 17 through April 30 as determined by the proclamation. Parks, trails and dog parks will remain open.
To help encourage social distancing and make it easier to avoid contact with other trails users, it is recommended to use one-way travel only on the trail loops identified below. Directional signage will be posted at the trailheads to illustrate the one-way traffic flow. These are recommended guidelines only, intended to help trail users reduce contact with others while maintaining an open trail system.
·Prairie Park Fishery, 2125 Otis Rd SE
·Cherry Hill Park loop trail, 341 Stoney Point Rd NW
Trail users on any trail system are encouraged to maintain distance between themselves and others by signaling your presence with your voice, bell, or horn, and stepping off the trail to allow others to pass. Trail users – as well as all residents – are asked to follow measures and recommendations already in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19. This includes:
·Stay six feet apart from others
·Do not gather in groups beyond members of your own household
·Practice good personal hygiene – wash your hands regularly
·Be aware that park restrooms are currently closed and water is not turned on. Please bring hand sanitizer with you.
·Please carry out any trash that is brought into the parks.
·If you have been sick in the last two weeks or have a cough, fever or other flu like symptoms, stay home for the health and safety of yourself and others.
·Individuals 60 years of age and older, or those with underlying conditions, should stay at home to avoid potential exposures.
“We know that physical activity outdoors has a positive effect on our physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing, and we want to see our residents continue to enjoy the trail system while also keeping safety in mind,” says Parks and Recreation Director Scott Hock.