Washtenaw County Parks has an update on their Summer of 2020 Status with details on their water parks, park facilities, day camps, and events.
What’s Currently Open
Park Trails & Parking Lots
The Washtenaw County Parks are currently open for trails and activities that maintain social distancing. The vehicle entrances and parking lots at Rolling Hills and Independence Lake* have reopened.
- Independence Lake is closed for Memorial Day Weekend due to anticipated heavy crowds.
Disc Golf is open at Independence Lake & Rolling HIlls. Be sure to maintain social distancing while playing. There is a maximum of 3 people on a hole and keep 6 feet between people. Any shot within the 10′ circle is considered a “gimme” to decrease contact with the basket.
At Independence Park, disc golfers should park in the Blue Heron Bay parking lot.
Note: Independence Lake is closed for Memorial Day Weekend due to anticipated heavy crowds.
Swift Run Dog Park
Swift Run Dog Park opened on May 8. Please use gloves when opening and closing the gates.
The Pierce Lake Golf Course in Chelsea opened on May 1. Tee Times are limited to enforce social distancing. They also only accept credit cards. Motorized carts are allowed with one golfer per cart. They are making exceptions for members of a household to share a cart.
Independence Lake Beach
The Beach at Independence Lake reopened on June 5, 2020. The park is operating at 60% capacity. They expect that they will have to close park admission at times on hot days.
Opening Date Announced
Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center – June 14
Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center is currently scheduled to open on June 14. This was delayed from an original estimate of June 1. I would expect similar restrictions to the ones they initially announced for a June 1 opening
Playgrounds – June 12
Playgrounds have been closed since mid-March. They will reopen on June 12. Please remember to social distance on the playgrounds. Also, they will not be sanitized.. If you still wish to avoid the playground, check out our Playground Free Walks for suggestions on outdoor walks that won’t include a playground.
Closed for 2020
Rolling Hills Water Park
Rolling Hills Water Park is closed for Summer 2020. We love Rolling Hills and usually visit a few times a summer. We will miss it this year, but agree that it wuold be hard to maintain safe social distancing at the park..
Blue Heron Bay at Independence Lake
Blue Heron Bay at Independence Lake offers a splash playground with a slide tower. They have had mechanical issues the last few years and they are not opening due to these ongoing issues.
Washtenaw County Parks typically operates day camps throughout the region. These camps will not be opening in 2020. They have camps at Independence Lake, Rolling Hills, Meri Lou Murray Rec Center, and Playground Camp at several parks in Ypsilanti.
Are you looking for an alternative camp for this summer? Our Summer Camp Guide lists options – although camps are still announcing cancellations for summer 2020.
Some outdoor facilities are currently closed and will remain that way until further notice.
Shelters, Pavilions, Picnic Tables, and Benches
Shelters and Pavilions (including bathrooms) have been closed since mid-March. Picnic Tables and Benches are also off limits They will remain closed until it is deemed safe to reopen them.
Events are canceled through the end of May. This includes Nature Programs and Stewardship Volunteer Opportunities. They will update on events in June and byeond.
Additionally events at the water parks are also canceled as those facilities are closed. This includes the Special Needs Swim and Splash Days and the Doggy Dip in the fall.