Marshall parks open for outdoor exercise

Social distancing stressed, Cottonwood closes off playground access

Photo by Mike Lamb Signs like this one near a walking path in Legion Park alert users of city parks in Marshall of social distancing recommendations.

MARSHALL — All Marshall municipal parks and trails remain open so the community can engage in self-directed outdoor exercise (walking, biking) while following social distancing  and  personal hygiene guidelines, according to a city release.

As a result of Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz’s executive order directing all Minnesotans to stay at home, the city of Marshall is provided information on use of its parks and trails by the public.

According to the governor’s Order, individuals may engage in outdoor activities (e.g.,walking, hiking, running, biking, driving for pleasure, hunting, or fishing), and may go to available public parks and other public recreation lands, consistent with remaining at least 6 feet apart from individuals from other households.

Family members not showing symptoms of COVID-19 in the same household may play together. But the CDC recommends children not have playdates with children from other households. If children are playing outside their own homes, it is essential that they remain 6 feet from anyone who is not in their own household.

When visiting the parks and using the trails, the public is asked to:

• Follow guidance on personal hygiene — wash hands, carry hand sanitizer, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing and avoid high-touch surfaces. If you are ill or have cold or flu symptoms, please stay home.

• Observe the minimum recommended social distancing of 6 feet from other visitors as you walk, bike or play.

• Warn other trail users of your presence to allow proper distance. Step off trails to allow others to pass.

• Bring your own water — park drinking fountains should not be used at this time.

• Park equipment is not sanitized. Use at your own discretion.

The city asks the public to follow these recommendations to support the health and safety of the community.

The city of Cottonwood announced it’s closing access to playgrounds and shelter houses. According to the city’s emergency declaration enacted by the city council, all playground equipment and shelter houses will be fenced off until May 1 because of the inability of the city to maintain a well sanitized area for public use.

The council encouraged residents to walk your dog, participate in the Lakeview Community Hunts, ride your bike, or just enjoy outside.

The city of Cottonwood also urges park users to continue practicing social distancing, not gathering in large groups, and practice good hygiene.


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