Three Rivers Parks Closes Public Facilities, But Trails Are Open
Three Rivers Park District has closed all public facilities through April 5, but parkland and trails are still open. Tom Knisely, spokesperson, says as long as people practice social distancing, people are welcome in parks.
Three Rivers has closed all of their public facilities and cancelled events through April 5. But that doesn’t mean the parks are totally off limits.
“With over 150 miles of hiking trails, spread throughout 27,000 acres of parkland, there is plenty of room for people to come outside, go for a walk, go birding, go for a bike ride,” said Tom Knisely of the Three Rivers Park District. “As long as you practice social distancing you are welcome at the parks.”
Three Rivers Parks District is encouraging people to get outside and take advantage of an abundance of outdoor options in the northwest suburbs. But, the key is to bring small groups – not the entire neighborhood.
“That’s right.” Knisely said. “Social distancing is the key. If you want to take your kids birding, that’s great. If you want to go for a bike ride that’s great, but maybe not load the entire neighborhood into the van and come out all at one time.”
Visiting a Three Rivers park is a perfect escape for those already getting tired of being cooped up every day.
“Get out on the regional trails,” Knisely said. “Go for a walk, go for a hike, go for a bike ride. Our parks are all open. Select rest rooms will be open and stuff so there will be a few amenities. But the buildings are closed. But it’s still an option if you need to hit that refresh button, or if the kids are just completely cagey and cooped up and you need to get out and get some fresh air and relax. Feel free to do it as long as social distancing is involved. We have plenty of room in our parks and on our trails.”