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Parks make changes for distancing

WEST UNION — Although outdoor activity is encouraged during times of quarantine, several parks are making changes to encourage social distancing.

As of last week, Doddridge County Park suspended all group activities and meetings through April 30 including campers.

Playgrounds and public restrooms are closed. but the park is open for walkers.

“Come out for a walk, just keep your distance from other people and enjoy the outdoors,” Greg Cottrill, director of the Doddridge County Parks and Recreation Commission, said.

No decisions have been made beyond the April 30 date, Cottrrill said.

Pleasants County parks also are no longer hosting events, but are open for walkers.

North Bend State Park is still offering several outdoor activities including hiking, biking and environmental programs.

Fishing is still available and 350 pounds of trout were recently added to the pond.

Small guided groups hikes are ongoing with groups of 10 people or less.

Calhoun County Park will close its gates effective today, but anybody who wants to walk can park their vehicles and walk past the entrance gate.

Calhoun County Park also rescheduled the Ronnie McDowell concert originally scheduled for last weekend. A new date will be announced.

Ticket holders can either hold onto their tickets for the new date or can call (304) 477- 3695 for a refund.

Ravenswood Mayor Josh Miller has issued a recommendation for residents to stay away from playgrounds and park shelters.

“We basically gave a directive to keep people out,” Miller said.

Ravenswood’s basketball and tennis courts are locked. Law enforcement will be working to break up groups of people, however, Miller said they won’t be issuing citations.

Ravenswood won’t be locking gates since there isn’t a secured perimeter. Residents are still able to get out and walk.

“I am very proud of the citizens of Ravenswood for being very proactive. Ninety-nine percent have done what we should do. It’s still getting better as the situation develops,” Miller said.

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