Lyons Parks Closed Until Further Notice
In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the safety of its residents, visitors, employees, and volunteers, Lyons parks facilities will be closed, beginning Saturday, July 18, 2020. Patrons will still be allowed to use the trail system and access the river, but group gatherings, picnicking, pop-ups, and congregating along river will not be permitted.
The closures are in response to the increasingly high volumes of park visitors, despite efforts to maintain a controlled capacity in the parks. With the state's new mask order and the spike in regional cases, Town officials are hopeful that taking this action will make an immediate impact on the spread of the virus and once again be on the path to flattening the curve.
Town Administrator Simonsen said, “We’re deeply concerned with the crowding, as we continue to see very few masks and lax social distancing. With limited resources, the crowds of people have become increasingly challenging to safely manage.”
The closures apply to LaVern M. Johnson Park, Bohn Park, Black Bear Hole, Lyons Valley River Park, and the river corridor throughout town. Shelter and camping reservations for LaVern M. Johnson Park will be honored during the closure. Reservation holders will be required to follow social distancing and face-coverings guidelines.
In close coordination with Boulder County Public Health, the Town will continue to monitor case trends and reevaluate the closures until we find a more sustainable solution for our visitors and residents.