Spending time outdoors has been shown
to increase your energy, relieve stress, improve your mood and provide
numerous other health benefits. With the reopening of our cities parks,
pools and playgrounds, now is the time to enjoy these outdoor spaces
that are so close to home.
Know before you go. Before you head out, check the website to confirm
operating hours, availability of shelters for shade and what public
amenities are available (water fountains, restrooms, etc.). Familiarize
yourself with the park’s rules and regulations ahead of time, and pack
Keep your distance. As with all public activities, be sure to maintain a six
foot social distance from other groups of people and alert others of
your presence and when you are about to pass them. Avoid participating
in organized sports, using playground equipment and touching other
shared surface areas to prevent the spread of disease.
Pack and dress accordingly. At a minimum, pack water, snacks, sunscreen and a basic
first aid kit when visiting parks. Consider also bringing wet wipes, a
compass and bug spray. Depending on your activity and when you plan
your visit, you may want to wear a hat, sunglasses, water shoes or a
lightweight rain jacket.
Bring your own entertainment. In many recreational areas you can swim, fish, boat or
bike. You can also bring lawn games like horseshoes, corn hole or
ladder ball toss to play during a picnic. For those with younger children,
print out a nature scavenger hunt to keep the kids having fun. Budding
photographers can also take advantage of nature’s beauty in their local
Remember, if you are sick or have been
recently exposed to someone who has COVID-19, please stay home from the
parks and other public areas.