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Tips to Keep Yourself and Everyone Else Safe in the Parks

Post Date:04/03/2020 2:30 PM

The Germantown Parks and Recreation department needs your help, Germantown. Keeping our city parks open, accessible and safe during these uncertain times is a team effort. We all know that access to nature, being outdoors and breathing fresh air is essential to our personal and family health, but we must be smart in our decisions

Here are some tips to keep you and everyone else safe while in the parks:

· Reduce your visit frequency and length. Make walking in your neighborhood your first choice. Limit the amount of time you spend in public spaces and make room for others. If you do visit a park, follow the CDC guidelines and stay six feet apart.

· Take the trail less traveled. There are 29 community parks in Germantown. Take time to visit parks closest to your home as park restrooms are closed for now. Being close to home will be convenient and neighborhood parks are usually less crowded. Download the Germantown on the Go mobile app to view locations for all the parks within our community. Also remember that playgrounds, sports fields and other public amenities are temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

· Go solo or only with members of your household. Gathering in groups or meeting up with anyone outside of your household increases the risk of spreading COVID-19. Take some pictures of your visit and share them with friends or post on your social media channels.

· If you notice that the park already has a lot of visitors when you arrive, consider coming back at another time. Your commitment to practicing the CDC's social distancing standards and staying six feet apart is critical in keeping you, your family and our community safe.

Similar tips are also recommended by the National Parks and Recreation Association (NPRA), to which Germantown Parks and Recreation is an accredited member.

Let’s stay Germantown Strong AND Germantown Safe!

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