Signs throughout Middlesex County parks – Thompson Park in Monroe Township and Jamesburg and Roosevelt Park in Edison – stood as a friendly reminder for the public to social distance in continued efforts to flatten the curve of the novel coronavirus.
On April 29, Gov. Phil Murphy announced he was lifting his order to close county and state parks, which took effect sunrise on May 2. The governor had closed the parks on April 7. He gave municipalities discretion on whether or not to close municipal parks.
People, some wearing face masks, enjoyed the fresh air and summer-like weather at both parks on May 3.
Thompson Park is the largest park in the Middlesex County Park System with 675 acres and Roosevelt Park is the oldest park dating back to 1917.
Playgrounds, restrooms, pavilions, and visitor centers remain closed and picnics and team sports are not allowed under the state’s new directive.
Passive recreation including walking, running, hiking, biking, fishing, boating, kayaking, and horseback riding is allowed. Parking at the parks is restricted to 50% of capacity and it is recommended visitors wear a face mask.
For more information regarding COVID-19, call the state’s hotline at 1-800-222-1222.
Middlesex County information visit discovermiddlesex.com/covid19/ or www.middlsexcountynj.gov/covid19.