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Canyon Park, Preserve, to Remain Closed

Canyon Park and Wilderness Preserve ...

This sign previously said that they were closed until May 15, so the closure is apparently being extended. 

COMMENT: While I agree with the Safer at Home policy, and think the city was wise to crack down at any point where there could be a problem, I do think it is time to reevaluate this.

If I recall correctly, the city opened Canyon Park and the Wilderness Area after briefly closing it because of COVID concerns, but then so many people came when they were opened that it became a problem. But I went to the park the day after the crowd, on a weekday, and it was empty, and that same day the city shut it down again.

I think that concerns about Coronavirus can be addressed without totally shutting down these areas. Here are a few ideas:
  • Start by opening the areas only on weekdays, when traffic should be lighter (and was, in fact, lighter when I was there).
  • Limit the number of people who can be there at one time. The rangers already limit the number of cars, so this shouldn't be a lot more work.
  • Require face masks in these areas at all times.
  • Require people to remain at least six feet apart.
  • There are foot trails in the park, and perhaps there are a few where it would be difficult to maintain six feet of separation, so if really necessary, keep those shut, but leave the roads open.
- Brad Haugaard 


  1. I totally agree. It's becoming time to rely on people policing themselves rather than municipal entities imposing rules. We are totally capable of maintaining 6 feet of distance and wearing a face mask.

  2. I love Canyon Park, But let’s face it, a lot of people don’t park in the parking lot to the top. They walk in from somewhere parked on Canyon. So it’s not the number of cars going in necessarily, it’s the number of people. And most people will not stop at the ranger station and check in. So the city will have to really think about how to make this work. I would love to go up and take pictures for my son’s senior portraits, but not at the risk of people not maintaining social distance.

    1. I know people walk in but I think the same ranger who turns cars away on busy days could turn pedestrians away.