County to reopen some parks May 1; Five city parks remain open

Romona Jackson Jones

Walking trails and disc golf courses will reopen at several Douglas County parks Friday.

Commission Chairman Romona Jackson Jones made the decision to reopen the parks, according to county spokesman Rick Martin.

Walking trails at Clinton Nature Preserve, Dog River Park, Fairplay Park, Deer Lick Park and Boundary Waters Park will reopen Friday at noon, Martin said.

Dog River, Boundary Waters and Deer Lick will also have disc golf available beginning Friday at noon.

The remaining amenities at those parks and all other county parks will remain closed, Martin said.

“The health and safety of our Douglas County citizens and staff are of the utmost importance to me and the Board of Commissioners,” Jones said in a prepared statement. “After consulting with our Cobb & Douglas Public Health partners, I believe we should not let up on the priorities of washing our hands repeatedly for at least 20 seconds, executing social distance practices of staying six feet apart and staying home if you’re sick. It’s imperative we take care of each other.”

Douglasville Mayor Rochelle Robinson said five city parks remain open for walking and light recreation including Fowler Field, Jesse Davis, Mill Village, West Pines and Willing Workers.

Hunter Park, which is also part of the Douglasville city parks system, remains closed as it is being used by Cobb & Douglas Public Health for COVID-19 testing.

Sweetwater Creek State Park in Lithia Springs and other state parks around Georgia have remained open for hiking and other activities since shelter-in-place and other social distancing measures took place last month.

With people looking to get out of their homes, Sweetwater and many other Georgia state parks have been reaching capacity on the weekends, causing management at the parks to close the parks off once they reach their maximum number of visitors.

Cobb County opened trails and passive parks last Saturday. That move, along with Douglas County taking similar action this Friday, is expected to take some of the burden off Sweetwater.