MILWAUKEE COUNTY — Even with the “Safer at Home” order in Wisconsin, officials still encourage you to get outdoors for your physical and mental well-being, as long as you keep your distance.
This weekend, people across the Greater Milwaukee Area made sure to take advantage of the nice weather outside.
On Friday, the North Shore Health Department closed down the beaches, including at Atwater Park in Shorewood. The playground also remained taped off, but people still found ways to take in some vitamin D.
Karena Ware, like others in community, decided to take a break from her home and enjoy the weather. For her, that meant sitting down to draw at Atwater Park.
“I figured I needed some sunlight,” Ware said. “Just working on some simple illustrations can keep my mind off a lot of stuff."
She did so safely with her mask and wipes in tow, and away from others.
Social distancing was also on the mind of Brian Palmer-Rubin, who decided to have a picnic with his family at Estabrook Park.
“We saw this area. We figured this was far away from any other people so we hope we’re pretty safe here,” Palmer-Rubin said.
He said they try to take in some fresh air every day, as do Mark and Annette Enters.
“It’s great to be able to have time to get out more often than we would,” Annette said.
“Feel bad for other people who aren’t, you know, can’t get out so easy,” Mark said.
They’ve noticed more people out and about than usual.
On Sunday, you could find folks throughout the community throwing frisbees, playing kickball, biking or walking, just wanting to spend some time out of their homes, even if it was from a distance.
As Ware took in the nice weather, she realized how much we take for granted, and looks forward to the day things get back to normal.
“Spend more time with family and friends after this is all over,” Ware said.
Across from Atwater Park, messages are written on the windows of a home for those passing by, that say “all things must pass” and “stay strong Shorewood,” a reminder that we’re all in this together.
As a reminder, beaches and playgrounds are closed in Milwaukee County, including those owned by the North Shore. Golf courses, dog parks, fitness equipment stations and other facilities are also closed in Milwaukee County.
You can only participate in activities that comply with social distancing guidelines. No team or contact sports are allowed. Officials ask that you only visit parks or trails that you can walk or bike to. Parking is restricted along the lakefront.