PASCO COUNTY, Fla. — On Wednesday, Pasco County has reopened some parks, with limited access in place.
The county is opening 10 areas for activities that follow the state’s “safer-at-home” order such as walking, biking, hiking, fishing, or running. Social distancing must be practiced and groups of more than 10 people are not allowed, the county said on its website.
Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore, said, “On Wednesday, April 22, 2020, we re-opened select nature parks and preserves to allow essential recreation activities outlined in Florida’s Safer-At-Home order such as walking, biking, hiking, fishing or running.”
“We wanted to give people the opportunity to get outside to de-stress and exercise while enjoying the outdoors safely. Not everyone has walking or biking trails in their neighborhoods and it’s important those citizens have the same opportunities. Federal and state social distancing/gathering guidelines remain in place and are necessary to help prevent the spread of COVID-19” said Moore.
Below is the list of parks that have been partially reopened:
- Withlacoochee River Park, Dade City
- Key Vista Nature Park, Holiday
- Aripeka Sandhills Preserve, Hudson
- Lake Lisa Park, Port Richey
- Boy Scout Preserve, New Port Richey
- Pasco Palms Preserve, New Port Richey
- Crews Lake Wilderness Park, Spring Hill
- Upper Pithlachascotee Preserve, Spring Hill
- Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park, New Port Richey
- Robert J. Strickland Memorial Park, Hudson
Public restrooms will remain closed, according to Pasco County website.