A one-way trail loop will be created at Walden Pond State Reservation in Concord to promote social distancing for those looking to get fresh air during the coronavirus pandemic, officials said.
The state Department of Conservation and Recreation will implement the trail "in an effort to promote social distancing and reduce close contact of trail users at the state park during the COVID-19 public health emergency,” according to a statement from the department.
Each trailhead will have clear markings and signs to guide visitors. Another one-way loop trail will be created at Lake Park within Quinsigamond State Park in Worcester, the department said.
State parks throughout Massachusetts remain open, the department said. At all parks, the DCR recommended maintaining a distance of 6 feet between visitors.
All trash cans have been removed from the parks in an effort to stem the spread of the virus, the department said in a tweet.
“It’s no secret, attendance in the state park system is up for this time of year so we’re asking everyone to be responsible by taking trash & dog waste out with you when you leave,” the department’s tweet read.
All state park restrooms, visitors centers, playgrounds, hockey rinks, athletic fields and courts, golf courses, and beach parking lots are closed, according to the department’s website.
It is important that we all work together to help #stopthespread of #COVID19 in Massachusetts. @MassDCR has now implemented a one-way trail loop system at Lake Park in Worcester to promote #SocialDistancing at the state park. https://t.co/OQMYm1zB8h pic.twitter.com/sVcZ2NwX32— MassDCR (@MassDCR) April 7, 2020
@MassDCR has implemented a one-way trail loop system at #WaldenPond State Reservation in an effort to promote #SocialDistancing & reduce close contact of trail users @ the park. When visiting state parks please be diligent to prevent the spread of #COVID19 https://t.co/CB7P583xc4 pic.twitter.com/sCjw6RvH1I— MassDCR (@MassDCR) April 7, 2020
You probably know it in your sleep but just a reminder; remember to practice good #SocialDistancing as you visit @MassDCR parks during the spread of #COVID19. Parks are open but keep at least 6 feet from others & wash your hands thoroughly & frequently. pic.twitter.com/yCku52rf3a— MassDCR (@MassDCR) April 7, 2020
It's no secret, attendance in the state park system is up for this time of year so we're asking everyone to be responsible by taking trash & dog waste out with you when you leave. All trash receptacles have been removed to help prevent the spread of #Covid19. pic.twitter.com/PGSKDvWFDg— MassDCR (@MassDCR) April 7, 2020