The playground at Pfiffner Pioneer Park on March 26. (Metro Wire photo)

Public encouraged to use parks, but playgrounds closed

By Patrick Lynn

Parks and trails across the county are open—but all public playgrounds are closed until further notice.

The use of playgrounds is prohibited due to the spread of the coronavirus and Gov. Tony Evers’ “Safer at Home” order, which asks the public to remain at home unless they need to leave for work, purchasing groceries or medicine, visiting a doctor, or for outdoor exercise.

Parks and trails remain open for hiking, walking, and bicycling, including the Tomorrow River State Trail. Bathroom facilities and lodges will remain closed until further notice.

Anyone using parks and trails should still maintain social distancing of six feet and avoid close contact with others, per the governor’s order.

County and city parks departments remain closed for in-person meetings. Anyone with questions or concerns can contact the Portage Co. Parks Dept. at 715-346-1433; the Stevens Point Parks Dept. at 715-346-1531; or the Plover Public Works Dept. at 715-345-5257.