Parks, trails around New Jersey reopen with restrictions as weather warms

Parks, trails and golf courses around the Garden State were bustling Saturday as executive orders are slowly being lifted and many green spaces reopen.

News 12 Staff

May 2, 2020, 1:17 PM

Updated 1,444 days ago

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Parks, trails and golf courses around the Garden State were bustling Saturday as executive orders are slowly being lifted and many green spaces reopen.
News 12 was at Cheesequake State Park where many were out walking, running and riding bikes while maintaining social distancing.
For Nick Zeczhino, a vice principal in Edison, it's an opportunity to break the cabin fever.
"We've been cooped up a long time in our homes. This is our seventh week of remote learning and there's a lot of anxiety,” he said. “Getting outside and getting some fresh air has a positive impact on the immune system.”
State parks are opening for many activities, but there are limitations. Playgrounds, picnic areas and restrooms remain closed. Also, no organized sports or activities are allowed, and social distancing is mandated.
Elected officials in Metuchen want to limit access to one their most popular trails – the Middlesex Greenway, a nearly 4-mile trail stretching through Woodbridge, Edison and Metuchen is now open. However, Metuchen Mayor Jonathan Busch says the parking lot at the trailhead remains closed, citing the narrow confines of the Greenway.
He also encourages people to wear face coverings and refrain from large groups while enjoying the city's parks and green spaces.
Gov. Phil Murphy says he will close parks again if he gets reports that people are not adhering to social distancing guidelines.
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