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Parks and Recreation Adjustments Beginning Thursday, May 28

Post Date:05/22/2020 4:00 PM
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The Town of Chapel Hill will comply with Governor Roy Cooper’s Phase Two reopening plan, with small adjustments in Orange County.

Parks and Recreation agencies across Orange County will begin to open parks and some park amenities with safe-user guidelines beginning Thursday, May 28.

We believe everyone needs the opportunity for self-enrichment, adventure, and quiet reflection.  At Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Department, we understand these needs and are dedicated to providing opportunities in a safe and inviting environment.

Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation changes in effect on Thursday, May 28

  • Parks and some park amenities are open for drop-in** play with limited hours 
  • We have posted recommended safe play guidelines* for these sites
  • We urge users to bring hand sanitizer and other supplies to disinfect surfaces before use
  • Park monitors will be on site to share information

OPEN Outdoor Parks Facilities (open dawn to dusk)

  • Parks, trails, greenways and dog parks with posted safe play guidelines* 
  • Restrooms at parks
    • Hours limited to 12 noon - 8 p.m.
    • Sanitized and restocked daily
  • Individual picnic table and bench use with appropriate physical distancing
    • When possible, disinfect picnic tables/benches before each use
    • Advanced reservations of Picnic Shelters suspended until further notice


OPEN Park Amenities (drop-in play only, closed at 8 p.m) 

  • Tennis and pickleball courts - singles play only with safe play guidelines* 
  • Skate park - drop-in play with safe play guidelines*   
  • Disc golf course  (touch only your equipment)
  • Outdoor inline hockey rink with safe play guidelines* 


CLOSED Outdoor Park Amenities

  • Playgrounds
  • Athletic fields  
  • Basketball courts  
  • Outdoor volleyball courts  
  • Batting cages 
  • Bocce ball courts 
  • A.D. Clark Outdoor Pool

Operations REMAINING the same

  • All indoor recreation and aquatic facilities will remain closed. 
  • All Parks and Recreation programs and events have been cancelled until further notice. 
  • Our administrative staff are available by email or (919) 968-2784 between 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday.


The safety of park users and our staff is our top priority. While you seek to enjoy the outdoors, it is important that you are conscious of your personal space and respect the space of others. We have posted “physical distancing” signs at our parks to remind residents to keep a safe 6 feet distance from others. Park monitors are also available at our busier parks in order to share information and remind users of the need for physical distancing.  

We’re asking people to monitor themselves and their children, be responsible and use common sense in the following ways:  

  1. Use physical distancing and always keep at least six feet between yourself and others as you enjoy the outdoors.
  2. Give other park and trail users a friendly warning of your presence as you pass to allow proper distance.
  3. Be respectful and step off trails or sidewalks to allow others to pass when there's not enough room to keep your 6 feet distance.
  4. Large groups of 25 or more are discouraged from gathering or walking together.
  5. If you’re out walking your dog, keep dogs be on a leash at all times. Maintain six feet distance from other dogs and persons.
  6. Carry water, hand sanitizer, face masks, and disinfecting wipes to further protect yourself.
  7. Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible.
  8. If you use a picnic table or bench, disinfect before you sit or touch.
  9. Strongly consider using face coverings while in public
  10. Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow.
  11. Continue to practice good hygiene.
  12. Avoid touching your face.
  13. People who feel sick should stay home.

While visiting the Dog Park

  1. Make efforts to visit during off-peak hours, when there is less likely to be a large crowd of people.
  2. Avoid dog parks or public places where gatherings of 25 or more occur or has occurred.
  3. Discourage interacting with or petting other pets from outside your household.
  4. Keep at least a 6 foot distance from others
  5. Sanitize hands before, during, and after using the park
  6. Be extra cautious of coming into contact with surfaces (gates, tables, waste bag kiosks, water faucet).

(*USTA and USAPA Safe Play, Avoid Sharing Equipment, Disinfect Surfaces Guidelines, posted at applicable locations)

(** Drop-In = open for random play, facility rentals or registered programs have been suspended)

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