LEE COUNTY PARKS SET TO REOPEN SATURDAY WITH LIMITATIONS

LEE COUNTY, NC – May 7, 2020 – Lee County Government (LCG) Parks and Recreation will reopen most open space and trails at county-owned parks this Saturday, May 9th.  Some restrictions will remain in place at the parks to meet the guidelines set by Governor Cooper in Executive Order 138 that eases restrictions in the statewide stay-at-home order. 

“We are happy to be reopening our parks to the public,” said Joseph Keel, LCG Parks and Recreation Director.  “We know people are looking forward to getting outdoors more and enjoying our trails and open space.  Some limitations remain in place but this is a good first step and we continue to work with our government partners to explore and plan for next steps that will create greater opportunity and access for the public to enjoy our various park offerings.”

While county-owned parks will reopen to the public all playground equipment, basketball courts, and facility rentals remain closed at this time.  There will be no organized events of any type allowed in the parks due to social distancing requirements; citizens are reminded to observe and follow social distancing guidelines when visiting county parks. 

Parks will open with regular hours; San-Lee Park is open from 8 AM – 8 PM and all other parks are open from dawn to dusk.  There will be limited bathroom access at San-Lee Park and Kiwanis Children’s Park; all other park bathroom facilities and buildings will remain closed to the public.  Park visitors are asked to bring their own hand sanitizer and wipes for their personal use.  Here is a complete list of county-owned parks and the opening description for each property:

San Lee Park will reopen on Saturday May 9 and resume normal hours.  The Nature Center at the Park will remain closed due to limitation associated with social gathering in the Governor’s order.  Parking will be limited to 50 percent of the capacity due to social distancing requirements.  Only the lower parking lot entrance will accessible to citizens.  All trails including walking and mountain biking trails will be open.  Restrooms will be open during normal hours. Mountain Bike Parking Lot will remain closed due to capacity restrictions.

OT Sloan Park will reopen on Saturday May 9 and resume normal hours.  Social distancing will be required at the facility.  The tennis courts will be open for TENNIS USE ONLY.  Organized team play of any sport other than tennis is not allowed on the tennis courts.  OT Sloan Pool and OT Sloan Dog Park will remain closed at this time.  The Frisbee golf course will be open to groups of 4 or less.  No restrooms will be open at this facility.

Kiwanis Family Park – this is a shared facility with the City of Sanford.  The splashpad, bathroom facility and playground are under the control of the City and remain closed. The greenway and fitness trail areas in Kiwanis Family Park are owned by the County and remain open.  The fitness trail is for pedestrian use only.  Bikes and pets are not allowed on the fitness trail.  Bikes and pets must stay on the greenway.

Kiwanis Children’s Park will reopen on Saturday May 9 and resume normal hours.  The playground will remain closed. The tennis courts will be open for TENNIS USE ONLY.  Organized team play of any sport other than tennis is not allowed on the tennis courts.  The restrooms at this park will be open during the normal hours.

Horton Park, Dalrymple Park, Buchanan Park, Lett Park, and Tramway Road Park will all be open as open space.  The playgrounds, basketball courts, restrooms, and buildings will be closed. 

For additional information and questions, please contact Jamie Brown, Community & Governmental Relations Manager at (919) 718-4605 or jbrown@leecountync.gov.

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