Grosse Pointe Park parks open this weekend, but activities limited

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published May 22, 2020

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GROSSE POINTE PARK — The COVID-19 pandemic means Grosse Pointe Park residents won’t be able to enjoy many amenities at their parks over the Memorial Day weekend.

In an email interview, Parks and Recreation Supervisor Chad Craig said that restrooms, the marina and the kayak launch will be open at both parks, but everything else will be closed, in keeping with state orders. Although the number of visitors at the parks won’t be limited, Craig said park staffers will be making sure visitors are following social distancing guidelines and not collecting in large groups.

Staffers are trying to keep the parks as sanitary as possible.

“Restrooms will be cleaned twice daily, (and) signage about cleaning restrooms and washing hands will be posted at restrooms as well,” Craig said.

The pools aren’t open this weekend, and there’s some question as to whether they’ll be opening at all this summer. 

“We are still waiting for (the) governor’s press conference on May 28,” Craig said. 

As to the annual competitive swim team program run by the Grosse Pointes and St. Clair Shores, Craig said there is “no decision yet if there will be a swim season yet or not.”

Grosse Pointe Park has been coordinating wildly popular street festivals in recent years, and the pandemic unfortunately means those won’t happen this year. At press time, Craig said the June and July After 6 on Kercheval events and the Charlevoix street parties “will most likely be canceled.”

Officials say they are trying to keep residents healthy during these challenging times.

“We’re going to do our best to keep staff and residents safe this summer and give them every opportunity possible to enjoy their parks the best they can during all of this,” Craig said.

Daily hours at Patterson Park are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. At Windmill Pointe Park, daily hours are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.