Pandemic Pushes People Outside, Golden Valley’s Wirth Park Sees Increase in Visitors
Drive by a park on a beautiful day and you’ll see people are flocking outside for physical activity and social interaction at a time when gym space is limited and entertainment venues are still closed.
The same is true at Theodore Wirth Park in Golden Valley.
“Sometimes we get a little line because we’ve had a tremendous response in regards to people wanting to get out and enjoy our great trails,” said Loppet Adventures Director Ray Aponte.
He says business is good during the pandemic.
“After the first snowstorm we had a few weeks ago we’ve been thriving,” explained Aponte.
The park offers a variety of outdoor activities, from fat tire biking to classic and Nordic skiing.
“It has really really great trails out that are groomed all the time,” said skier Eric Kvasnicka. “The man-made snow is really nice so when it’s too warm in the spring or early in the winter you can get out and ski, which is awesome.”
Snowshoeing is also a way to explore the snow-covered wooded trails. The late December snow meant many people, like Ben Gansky, were out on the trails for the first time this season.
“We’ve been waiting for it,” said Gansky. “We’re excited to finally have some snow on the ground.”
There are several COVID-19 restrictions in place to keep everyone safe while they enjoy the great outdoors. Signs are up encouraging people to social distance and to wear masks.
Park personnel say there is plenty of space at the park to social distance, but remember to wear masks in lines and when close to one another.