OCEAN COUNTY is scheduled to reopen its Parks and Recreation Nature and Visitor Centers July 9.
“In closely working with our Ocean County Department of Parks and Recreation staff, I am pleased that we are reopening these centers to the public,” said Ocean County Freeholder Virginia E. Haines, Chairwoman of the Ocean County Department of Parks and Recreation. “However as we continue to work with the threat of the coronavirus we must put restrictions in place for the protection of our visitors and staff.
“It’s essential our visitors follow the rules that have been developed for everyone’s safety,” she said.
Haines noted that the first hour that centers are open will be exclusively for senior citizens and the vulnerable population.
“Face masks will be mandatory inside the nature and visitor centers and capacity at each site will be limited to 25 percent,” she said.
In addition, visitors are asked to observe social distancing by remaining six feet apart and individual groups should make every effort to stay together.
“We will also implement time limits when necessary so everyone has an opportunity to visit these park facilities,” she said.
The nature and visitor centers that will be opening July 9 and their respective hours are:
• The Cooper Environmental Center at Cattus Island County Park, 1170 Cattus Island Blvd., Toms River, will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesdays through Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays.
• Jake’s Branch County Park Nature Center, 1100 Double Trouble Road, Beachwood, will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays.
• Wells Mills County Park Nature Center, 905 Route 532, Waretown, will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays.
• Cloverdale Farm County Park Visitor Center, 34 Cloverdale Road, Barnegat Township, will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.