Guidelines for Enjoying the Outdoors Responsibly
- Head to Trails Less-Traveled – Literally! Go somewhere off the beaten path that perhaps you've never been before. Think of places where you're least likely to see other outdoor enthusiasts. If the parking lot looks full, find another place to recreate.
- Make Yourself Known. If you approach other folks enjoying their time outside, offer a wave and some communication and discuss the best way to pass by. You may be at a very tight and constricted part of a trail, but we urge you to make the safest decision for the circumstance.
- You Gotta Keep 'em Separated. Maintain a safe distance of 6 feet between yourself and other people around you.
- Pack It Up, Pack It In (in the immortal words of House of Pain). Bring a suitable trash bag. Leave no trace, take everything out to protect park workers.
- Bring Your Own Hydration Station. Bring water or drinks. Public drinking fountains may be disabled and should not be used, even if operable.
- "Go" Before You Go. Users may find public restrooms closed. Be prepared before you leave, and time outings so that you are not dependent on public restrooms.
- Keep It Clean. Bring hand sanitizer with you to clean your hands if soap and water are not available. Do not touch any surfaces that are likely to be touched by other people.
- Feelin' Ill? Stay Home! DO NOT use parks, trails and open spaces if you are exhibiting symptoms. If you or your children are experiencing symptoms, it’s important to stay home when sick.
- Don’t Touch. Do not touch any surfaces that are likely to be touched by other people.
- Stay Away from Crowds. If the parking lot looks full, find another place to recreate.
- Don't Be a "Team Player." Do not gather in groups or engage in any activity where you cannot maintain at least 6 feet from other people. This includes activities involving physical contact or the sharing of equipment.
- Avoid Playgrounds. We know it's hard to tell your kiddos they can't play on the playground, but please do not use or play around playground equipment.
Taking all of this into account, we anticipate an increase in outdoor recreation, so the need for us to communicate with other users is more important than ever. Say hello, offer a wave and support each other during this time. Maybe it can carry over to when we all get back to a more normal way of life. So, let’s play outside. But, let’s play by the rules. The new rules. Also, feel free to join in on some virtual hikes with Trails & Open Space Coalition.
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