The City of Malden has made the difficult decision to close our city parks until further notice, effective immediately. We truly understand the benefits of being outside during a time like this for fresh air and exercise, however we must do all we can to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The health and safety of our community is our top priority. The closure of the parks also includes our community gardens.
The City’s initial plan was to keep parks open for passive activity and not allow use of playgrounds and other equipment but after monitoring this for several days, it has been difficult to ensure that all our park goers are using the necessary precautions and protocols to protect their health and safety and that of those around them.
Residents have been using the bike path for walking, jogging, etc. and it seems to be an alternative that doesn’t lend itself to people congregating. Remember when in public, avoid groups and maintain a social distance of at least six feet. The COVID-19 situation remains fluid and we will be reassessing these closures regularly with our Public Health and Recreation Directors.