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Township Park Facilities Reopening Information
Post Date:06/05/2020 5:00 PM
UPDATE 6/15/2020: All park restroom facilities have been reopened to the public.
We hope you have all stayed safe and healthy during these uncertain and unprecedented times. Thank you for your continued support and patience as we navigate the best decisions that will help us to continue to provide access to outdoor spaces, while protecting the safety of all residents.
Despite some of the closures, we know that many of you have enjoyed visiting our parks for exercise and emotional solace over the last few weeks, and we couldn’t be happier. It has been such a joy to see so many individuals and families out together walking and running and enjoying nature. We are very lucky to have a community that has supported our parks and natural areas, which allowed us the opportunity to have access to these areas during this time.
On Monday, June 1st, Governor Gretchen Whitmer lifted the stay-home order and moved Michigan to Phase 4 of the MI Safe State Plan. This phase allows outdoor public gatherings of 100 or less (as long as a six-foot distance from others is maintained when) , requires that a face covering is worn when in any enclosed public space and allows for the reopening of recreation amenities, including playgrounds.
Effective Friday, June 4th, the following Meridian Township facilities will reopen to the public:
a. We are not able to sanitize hard surfaces between each visit; therefore, it is encouraged that visitors wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds (or bring hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol).
2. Restrooms in Wonch, Central, Towner Road, Nancy Moore and North Meridian Road Parks.
a. If using a restroom, you must wear a face covering (unless the individual is unable medically to tolerate a face covering).
3. All park pavilions
Facilities already open:
1. Sports fields
2. Sport courts
3. Farmers' Market
4. Small Dog Park
Facilities remaining closed until further notice include:
1. Harris Nature Center
2. Meridian Senior Center
3. Park Bathrooms will open next week. More information to come.
“We are able to move to this next phase because as a community, we came together to do what was best for ourselves and for others. Let’s continue with that spirit. It is on all of us to continue to practice proper protection and social distancing when in the community. Our kindness, respect for one another and continued solidarity will prevail.” – Amanda Lick, Chair Park Commission