INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — As the holiday weekend approaches, Indy Parks is easing some restrictions.
Parts of Eagle Creek Park that have been shut down reopened Thursday. Staff have opened the gates to allow for vehicle traffic and the dog parks are open as well. Indy Parks pools, playgrounds, sports facilities like tennis courts and basketball courts will remain closed.
It was just over a month ago that Eagle Creek shut down the vehicle traffic, dog park, golf course, and more in an effort to decrease crowds at the park. Now, Indy Parks wants people to be able to enjoy the park this holiday weekend with some safety guidelines. If you are feeling sick in any way, you should stay home.
If you do want to visit a city park, officials ask that you keep social distancing in mind, avoid crowds and keep six feet away from those not in your household.
Indy Parks spokesperson Ronnetta Spalding said the parts of the parks that remain closed are being assessed constantly.
“We are in the process of just evaluating what the next steps look like for some of those temporarily closed amenities as well as our summer offerings. Each and every year we are so proud to serve over 8 million individuals. So, we know that people look forward to summer in Indy Parks and we know that this summer, of course, is just going to look a little bit different,” Spalding said.
Spalding also said pools will remain closed for now until staff there can talk to health officials about how to open them safely and determine if certain activities like day camps and swim lessons can happen at the pools.
As for Eagle Creek, the gates will be open at staffed starting each day at 7 a.m. and will remain open each day until 8:30. All of the four dog parks will be open during those times as well.