Parks & Trails
COVID-19 UPDATE MAY 29, 2020
With Clay County Public Health Center moving to Phase 2, Step 2 of its recovery plan, Liberty Parks & Rec continues to slowly and responsibly re-open parks amenities. As of June 1, the following amenities will be available to parks visitors.
- Playgrounds (Park visitors are advised that use of playgrounds is at their own risk as the equipment is not sanitized. Use of masks and social distancing are encouraged.)
- All parks & trails
- All pickleball, volleyball and tennis courts
- Bennett Park skatepark
The Ruth Moore sprayground is slated to open mid-June.
Please follow the social distancing and personal hygiene guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control when using the parks.
Use of Outdoor Space/Parks
There are a number of specific recommendations to keep safe social distancing when in parks or on trails -National Recreation and Park Association
- Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to heading to trails — wash hands, carry hand sanitizer, do not use trails if you have symptoms, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, etc.
- Observe at all times CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of six feet from other people. Practice it and know what it looks like. Keep it as you walk, bike or hike.
- Warn other trail users of your presence and as you pass to allow proper distance and step off trails to allow others to pass, keeping minimum recommended distances at all times. Signal your presence with your voice, bell or horn.
- Note that trail and park users may find public restrooms closed — be prepared before you leave and time outings so that you are not dependent on public restrooms.
- Bring water or drinks — public drinking fountains may be disabled and should not be used, even if operable.
- Bring a suitable trash bag. Leave no trash, take everything out to protect park workers
We strongly suggest that activity at Liberty parks and greenspaces be limited to passive activities that do not require large or small groupings of people, such as but not limited team and group related activities, games and tournaments. Please keep 6 ft between yourself and others.
CLOSED Playscapes/Swing Sets
It is not recommended to use playgrounds, swing sets or any park amenity that would require you to touch, grab, and climb etc. at the risk of transmitting the virus. Even though the playgrounds are closed, we will not be policing the usage. Please be smart and do not use the equipment.
Liberty residents can enjoy more than 500 acres of parks, 10 miles of multi-use asphalt trails, and 6 miles of primitive trails across the City.
The Parks & Natural Resources Division maintains the grounds, landscaping, shelters, restrooms and amenities, including soccer fields, tennis courts, playgrounds, spraygrounds, and a dog park. An updated Trails and Greenways Plan is being developed to provide an interconnected multi-use trail system across the City.