Evers to allow Harrington Beach State Park to reopen

Town of Belgium nature area will allow visitors with rules to prevent crowding
Ozaukee Press staff

Harrington Beach State Park in the Town of Belgium is back in business, one of 34 state parks that Gov. Tony Evers is allowing the Department of Natural Resources to reopen on Friday.

The parks were closed this month days after Evers opened them to everyone due to large crowds that weren’t maintaining social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.

The 34 parks will reopen under special conditions to minimize overcrowding.

Some parks may reach a “pre-determined safety capacity,” according to a press release from the governor’s office, and some visitors may be denied entry until others leave. Harrington Beach State Park is listed as a likely property to prohibit additional visitors, the release said.

Park stickers will be required and may be purchased via credit card by calling (888) 305-0398 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. seven days per week. Annual passes will not be for sale at parks.

Park hours will be changed. Parks will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. and closed on Wednesdays for maintenance.

Hunting and fishing will be allowed under current rules.

Restrooms, as well as shelters, playgrounds and headquarters, will remain closed.

Camping and shelters will remain closed until May 26. Refunds will be provided.

“With a few adjustments, like closing one day a week for maintenance and reduced hours of operation, folks should be able to get outside and enjoy our parks safely and respectfully,” Evers said in the release.

DNR Secretary Preston Cole echoed those thoughts in a statement.

“We must do all that we can to prevent the spread of Covid-19. When visiting our treasured state parks and forests, remember to stay close to home, practice social distancing and carry hand sanitizer. Please enjoy the outdoors responsibly and be more than safe,” he said.

For more information, visit https://dnr.wi.gov/covid-19/.


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