Parks & Trails
Additional Closures in Parks System
With increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases in Clay County and continued concern about community spread, we are closing additional Parks & Rec facilities /amenities. In addition to park playgrounds and restrooms, the following will be closed by end of day at the latest:
- All basketball, pickleball, volleyball and tennis courts,
- Bennett Park skatepark
- Stocksdale Park, including dog park, disc golf, walking and bike trails, horseshoe barn & pits, cricket pitch.
All other parks and trails will remain open for your outdoor recreation. Please follow the social distancing and personal hygiene guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control when using the parks. We apologize for the inconvenience but care about the health and wellness of our community.
Use of Outdoor Space/Parks
There are a number of specific recommendations to keep safe social distancing when in parks or on trails -National Recreation and Park Association
- Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to heading to trails — wash hands, carry hand sanitizer, do not use trails if you have symptoms, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, etc.
- Observe at all times CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of six feet from other people. Practice it and know what it looks like. Keep it as you walk, bike or hike.
- Warn other trail users of your presence and as you pass to allow proper distance and step off trails to allow others to pass, keeping minimum recommended distances at all times. Signal your presence with your voice, bell or horn.
- Note that trail and park users may find public restrooms closed — be prepared before you leave and time outings so that you are not dependent on public restrooms.
- Bring water or drinks — public drinking fountains may be disabled and should not be used, even if operable.
- Bring a suitable trash bag. Leave no trash, take everything out to protect park workers
We strongly suggest that activity at Liberty parks and greenspaces be limited to passive activities that do not require large or small groupings of people, such as but not limited team and group related activities, games and tournaments. Please keep 6 ft between yourself and others.
CLOSED Playscapes/Swing Sets
It is not recommended to use playgrounds, swing sets or any park amenity that would require you to touch, grab, and climb etc. at the risk of transmitting the virus. Even though the playgrounds are closed, we will not be policing the usage. Please be smart and do not use the equipment.
Liberty residents can enjoy more than 500 acres of parks, 10 miles of multi-use asphalt trails, and 6 miles of primitive trails across the City.
The Parks & Natural Resources Division maintains the grounds, landscaping, shelters, restrooms and amenities, including soccer fields, tennis courts, playgrounds, spraygrounds, and a dog park. An updated Trails and Greenways Plan is being developed to provide an interconnected multi-use trail system across the City.