Parks & Recreation

City closes playgrounds and sports courts to slow spread of
 COVID-19


Press Release Date:
Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Beginning at 8:00AM on Wednesday, March 25, in response to Wisconsin Department of Health Services Emergency Order #13 (the “Safer at Home Order”), the City of Monona Parks & Recreation Department is closing all active recreation areas in city parks, including sports courts, playgrounds, picnic shelters and other areas where maintaining appropriate social distancing is difficult. The closure goes into effect immediately and will remain in place through April 24.

During this time, residents are encouraged to exercise and spend time outdoors at home whenever possible. Use of parks and trails should be limited and a distance of six feet or more must be maintained between people from different households at all times.  

As residents settle into new habits with work changes and school closures, we know that parks are a vital resource to help maintain physical and mental health. It’s important to remember that parks are not a safe haven from this virus and all residents need to be following public health recommendations on social distancing. Many people have not followed the initial guidelines we provided, so it is necessary to take more assertive action to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

New park use guidelines:

  • Active recreation areas are closed, including playgrounds, picnic shelters, basketball courts, baseball fields and tennis courts.
  • City of Monona parks, trails and dog park are open; a distance of six feet or more must be maintained between people from different households at all times.
  • Lawn areas and sports fields are open for walking and other non-team activities only. Activities should be non-contact and played only with people from the same household.
  • The boat launch are open but visitors must practice appropriate social distancing when parking and launching or retrieving their vessel. 
  • Skate Park is closed.

Practice National Recreation and Park Association recommendations for social distancing:

  • Follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on personal hygiene prior to heading to parks and trails. Wash your hands, carry hand sanitizer, do not visit public spaces if you have symptoms, and cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
  • Observe at all times CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of six feet from other people. Practice it and know what it looks like. Keep it as you walk, bike or hike.
  • Bring a suitable trash bag. Leave no trash, take everything out to protect city workers.