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County beaches and playgrounds reopen July 2

Beaches and playgrounds in parks maintained by Ramsey County will open July 2 with public health measures in place to slow the spread of COVID-19. The reopening aligns with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Minnesota Department of Health.

Restrooms at high-traffic park locations are open and will be cleaned daily, while portable toilets have been set up at locations where restrooms have not reopened yet. Drinking fountains at parks will remain off and visitors are encouraged to fill a reusable water bottle to bring to the park.

Beaches

Eight county beach locations will reopen without lifeguards. Lake Owasso County Park remains closed due to construction. 

For the health and safety of yourself and others:

  • Follow all posted rules. There is no lifeguard on duty at any of the beach locations — call 911 in the event of an emergency.
  • Children must be actively supervised by an adult at all times.
  • Swim only in the designated buoyed area.
  • Stay home if you are sick or are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, sore throat, cough or shortness of breath. 
  • Avoid crowded areas. If the beach area is full, try visiting another location or plan to return another time.
  • Keep your distance. Maintain at least six feet between yourself and others at all times.
  • Wear a cloth mask when not in the water. Since beaches can be difficult places to maintain social distancing at all times, adults and children ages 2 and up are encouraged to wear a mask.
  • Cover your sneeze or cough with a tissue or sleeve and not your hand.
  • Wash or sanitize hands frequently.

Playgrounds

Since playgrounds at county parks are not cleaned or sanitized, residents will be using playgrounds at their own risk. Discovery Hollow at Tamarack Nature Center and the Lake Owasso County Park and Battle Creek Regional Park playgrounds remain closed due to construction. Discovery Hollow is anticipated to reopen in late summer.

For the health and safety of yourself and others:

  • Stay home if you are sick or are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, sore throat, cough or shortness of breath. 
  • Avoid crowded areas. If the play area is full, try visiting another location or plan to return another time.
  • Keep your distance. Maintain at least six feet between yourself and others at all times.
  • Wear a cloth mask. Since playgrounds can be difficult places to maintain social distancing at all times, adults and children ages 2 and up are encouraged to wear a mask.
  • Cover your sneeze or cough with a tissue or sleeve and not your hand.
  • Wash or sanitize hands frequently and immediately after playing.
Posted on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 - 11:29 a.m.