Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation dog park facilities will reopen May 5 as part of a phased process that will reopen areas within parks that were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Parks containing dog park areas include the following: Alexander Park, Graves Park, Harbins Park, J.B. Williams Park, Lenora Park, McDaniel Farm Park, Pinckneyville Park, Rabbit Hill Park, Rock Springs Park, Ronald Reagan Park, and Settles Bridge Park.
Safety guidelines will be implemented to help keep visitors and pets safe when the parks reopen. Occupancy in each area of the park will be limited to 10 dogs and 10 people at one time. Visitors should always remain at least 6 feet apart. Residents are asked to avoid the park if they or their dogs are ill.
Other safety measures include refraining from bringing toys or balls and only letting dogs drink from their own water bowl to avoid cross-contamination.
Park water fountains will remain closed at this time. As temperatures rise, visitors should bring bottled water to stay hydrated.
All park visitors are encouraged to follow CDC guidelines regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently, and practice coughing and sneezing etiquette. Wear a protective face mask at all times while in public areas.
“We appreciate our residents’ patients as we prepare areas of the parks for reopening,” said Tina Fleming, the director of Community Services. “We want to make sure that we’re reopening our facilities in a way that helps keep everyone as safe as possible.”
Certain areas of the parks, including walking trails, disc golf, fishing areas, horseshoe courts, and bocce ball courts, have remained open to provide residents and visitors with spaces to safely exercise during the quarantine.
Please visit GwinnettCounty.com for more information about facility closures and reopenings.
— Staff Reports