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Maricopa County cuts regional park capacity in half starting this weekend

Posted at 7:34 PM, Apr 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-12 19:57:55-04

PHOENIX — Maricopa County is cutting its regional park capacity in half starting this weekend.

All nature centers, restrooms, group picnic, group campgrounds and playgrounds at Maricopa County Regional Parks will be closed this weekend.

Lake Pleasant will have new hours, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. The north entrance of Lake Pleasant, including the four lane boat ramp, primitive camping, shoreline camping and boat camping will be closed. Reserved camping spots will still be available.

“If you find yourself at a crowded trailhead or area in the park, please find an alternate location. Fortunately our department manages the Maricopa Trail which is a 315-mile trail system that links our regional parks together. There are quite a few connections and trailheads from neighborhoods to the trail where you can walk your dog or take a bike ride with your family," said R.J. Cardin, Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department Director.

Two popular trails will also be closed this weekend: Waterfall Trail at White Tank Mountain Regional Park and Goldmine Trailhead at San Tan Mountain Regional Park.

If a park reaches capacity, Maricopa County will implement a one-in, one-out system, or close the park temporarily, until a safe capacity is reached to adhere to social distancing guidelines.