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Practice Social Distancing at Parks, Trails, and Playgrounds During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Parks, trails, playgrounds, and dog parks are open, and park users are urged to refrain from congregating in large groups and practice social distancing.

We're in the business of bringing people together in parks and we truly understand the challenge of balancing the current situation.

We advise park users to follow these recommendations to help minimize the potential spread of COVID-19:

  • Use the restroom before leaving the house so you're not dependent on public restrooms.

  • Carry your own water bottle.

  • Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to heading to trails — wash your hands and carry hand sanitizer.

  • Bring a suitable trash bag or leave your trash at home to protect other park users and park staff.

  • Refrain from congregating during this time, especially at playgrounds.

  • Keep six feet from other people as you walk, bike or hike. Warn other trail users of your presence and as you pass and step off trails to allow others to pass, keeping minimum recommended distances at all times. Signal your presence with your voice, bell or horn.

Park Maintenance crews are working diligently to clean park amenities and given requirements to do so, we urge parents to refrain from using playgrounds on days they are seen at the parks. Simply put, if you see City vehicles and staff at parks and playgrounds, it's safe to assume they're deep cleaning.

There is no question that this is a fluid and fast-evolving situation. If you have questions or comments, feel free to reach out to us at parksnrec@cityofdenton.com.

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