City closing popular parks again to prevent crowding, promote social distancing

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (News release) – The City of Little Rock announced on Thursday that several parks will be
closed due to high levels of traffic that exceed a safe capacity during the ongoing COVID-19
pandemic. The City made the decision to safeguard public health this weekend when warmer
weather is expected and traffic could increase. The parks will close Friday, April 24 through
Sunday, April 26. The parks will re-open on Monday, April 27.

Parks closing include:

  • Murray Park (pavilion and sand volleyball areas
  • Remmel Park
  • Barton Park
  • Boyle Park
  • Crump Park
  • MacArthur Park Dog Park

Barricades will be set-up to close off each of these parks, and staff will be monitoring the areas
throughout the weekend. Residents should not disturb the placement of any of the barricades.
While these parks are closed, many other parks and trails remain open for use while practicing
the recommended social distancing. Residents are reminded that if they visit a park and the
parking lot is full, that park has reached its capacity to be utilized safely and they should visit
another park or return at a later time.

To discourage off-road parking and crowding, City staff has placed traffic-control barrels along
Rebsamen Park Road near the Big Dam Bridge and along River Mountain Road near Two Rivers
Bridge. If a designated parking lot is full when visiting a park, guests are encouraged to refer to
this map which shares additional parking locations that grant access to the Arkansas River Trail.
Park visitors can also expect an increased presence from Little Rock Police Department’s Mounted
Patrol and Community Oriented Police units in the parks to remind people to keep their distance.
If vehicles are found to be parked illegally, they will be cited by the Little Rock Police
Department.

Residents are encouraged to “Stay In and Tell a Friend” to practice social distancing. They can
also, visit LittleRock.gov/covid19 to gain further insight about how to best to protect themselves
and their loved ones.

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