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Marquette parks closed to public

MARQUETTE — Effective immediately, all city of Marquette parks are closed to the public, according to an announcement issued this afternoon by city officials.

This measure includes the closure of all city parks, playgrounds, park parking lots, the skate plaza and Tourist Park. These measures are being taken to enforce social distancing guidelines and to prevent the congregation of park visitors, city officials said in the announcement.

The measures include:

≤ Effective Monday, the dog park at Tourist park is closed for the season.

≤ As of Wednesday, all public bathrooms along the bike path and in city parks will be closed.

≤ Access to Presque Isle Park will be limited to vehicular traffic in the first loop. Visitors are asked not to exit their vehicles when visiting Presque Isle Park.

≤ The bike path remains open. However, it may close at a future date “if it becomes obvious that required social distancing guidelines are not being followed,” officials said.

City officials ask that residents seeking exercise consider walking in their neighborhoods.

The Noquemanon Trail Network remains open for recreation but users are asked to adhere to social distancing guidelines. The NTN reminds users that trail groups are not currently able to maintain the trails to their usual caliber, meaning users need to be more aware of their surroundings and look out for hazards.

“Please stay safe and continue to maintain at least six-foot distance between yourself and others when outside in Marquette,” city officials said in the announcement. “If social distancing guidelines are not being followed, further changes will be made to protect public health and ensure adherence to the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.”

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