5 Jersey City parks reopen with restrictions, state parks to remain closed

Kimberly Dole
April 27, 2020 - 8:35 am
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JERSEY CITY, N.J. (1010 WINS) -- Five of Jersey City’s largest parks that closed last month as a way to stop the spread of the coronavirus are scheduled to reopen Monday with restrictions.

The parks that will reopen are:

  • Audubon Park 
  • Berry Lane Park
  • Enos Jones Park
  • Leonard Gordon Park
  • Pershing Field

The parks will get a deep cleaning before they are reopened and will each have a Division of Parks and Forestry employee and a Recreation Division employee assigned to them to “ensure cleanliness, safe social distancing, and proper park usage” with added patrol from the Jersey City Police Department Fulop added.

A face covering must always be worn by people using the parks and gloves are recommended.

No organized sports will be permitted, and playground equipment, dog runs, basketball hoops, and other active recreation equipment will remain closed as well as restrooms and any indoor facilities.

All dogs must be kept on leashes and curbed before entering the park.

City officials will reserve the right to limit entry to the parks if overcrowding becomes a concern, and Fulop said park-goers will be removed if improper behavior takes place.

"After nearly 2 months of quarantine, there’s also a mental and physical health aspect that needs to be considered, and we know we can’t ask our residents, who rely on parks for outdoor access, to stay inside indefinitely, Fulop said. "We believe now is an appropriate time to responsibly provide residents with that public health outlet in a controlled setting, especially as the weather warms."

According to the mayor, a second phase to follow the park's opening will take place in mid-May.

Governor Phil Murphy, however says state parks will remain closed.

"We are not out of the woods yet. I think we're several weeks away, and the big mantra, and our state has done a good job. The mandate to stay home and stay away from each other is still in very much effect until we can break the back of this curve," Murphy said.

As of Sunday, there were over 109,000 coronavirus cases and 5,938 deaths statewide.