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Discovery Hollow Nature Play Area reopens Aug. 20

Discovery Hollow Nature Play Area at Tamarack Nature Center has reopened after a temporary closure due to COVID-19 and an improvement project. 

A few changes and improvements were made to some of the most popular elements. The play stream has been extended into a terminal sand pit where even more streamlets, mini ponds and tributaries are possible. The fort building area has been moved and expanded into the pine trees for more shade and creative building opportunities. Visitors will also notice the great prairie plant eruption and a lot more ground squirrel, songbirds and bumblebee sightings as a result of a spring burn. New fence posts, gates and sitting areas round out this year’s improvements.

COVID-19 information

Since surfaces in Discovery Hollow are not cleaned or sanitized, residents will be using the play area at their own risk. Additionally, the Nature Center building remains closed and staff are not available to help in case of injury. Please call 911 in case of emergency.

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, plan to return another time.
  • Keep your distance. Maintain at least six feet between yourself and others at all times.
  • Consider wearing 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.
  • Sanitize hands frequently and immediately after playing.
  • Since the Nature Center building is closed, restrooms are also not open to the public. Portable toilets are available near the Discovery Hollow entrance. 
  • Water fountains at Tamarack Nature Center remain off. Please plan ahead by bringing drinking water with you.
Posted on Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 12:32 p.m.