Milwaukee County Parks equipment re-opens ahead of Memorial Day weekend

Posted at 9:32 PM, May 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-22 22:32:47-04

As of Friday, people throughout Milwaukee County are able to use park equipment at their discretion.

However, Milwaukee County officials are hoping that people who utilize the equipment do it as safely as possible.

Yellow tape was down at local playgrounds and the shared equipment was once again made available for use as of Friday afternoon.

Sequoyia Burke brought her daughter out for a day on the swings at Sheridan Park in Cudahy. She said she's being cautious while letting her child enjoy the park.

"It's so good to just .. breathe a little bit," she said.

Milwaukee County announced it's outdoor fitness areas, playgrounds, dog parks, disc golf, basketball and tennis courts are now re-open with social distancing strongly recommended.

"For golf, it's not too hard. It's pretty easy to stay six feet apart," said Katrina Petrovic who spent her day golfing with her dad.

With Memorial Day several days away, Voja Petrovic said he's hoping people will enjoy family, and the parks, safely.

"I think families can be together. Obviously, if you have symptoms, you shouldn't be out," she said.

All Milwaukee County indoor and outdoor deep-well pools will remain closed for the 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic, Milwaukee County Parks announced Friday.

"This was an incredibly difficult decision, because we know what our pools mean to our community," Jen Francis said on a Zoom news conference.

"A good portion" of the county's wading pools and splash pads will still open this summer, Francis added.

Milwaukee County Parks said the pandemic has caused a $132 million loss in revenue.

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