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Parks Status Summer Camps Canceled Through At Least June 26 Social Distancing Best Practices

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Parks Status

Update for Friday, May 29, 2020

Following updated recommendations from Governor Cooper, effective June 1, 2020, Raleigh Parks will open the following outdoor amenities: comfort stations/restrooms, picnic shelters, dog parks, skate park, lakes, and private boat launches. In addition, Millbrook Tennis Center will re-open along with all tennis and outdoor pickleball courts, but singles play is strongly encouraged. While Raleigh Parks will implement a more frequent cleaning schedule, please note that amenities are not sanitized daily, and park visitors must use at their own risk. In addition, all users must follow group size and social distancing guidelines. Park open space, greenways, and nature preserves remain open.

Taking into consideration the health and safety of our participants and staff, all other Raleigh Parks programs and facilities will be closed through at least June 26, 2020.  This includes playgrounds, drinking fountains, basketball and sand volleyball courts, athletic fields, aquatic centers, pools, and splash pads.  In addition, indoor facility and athletic field rentals are not available at this time.  We are reviewing the feasibility of managing these spaces while following social distancing guidelines and other measures recommended by the CDC and will provide an update on or before June 26.  

See the status of park facilities, amenities, and programs here. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we determine what modifications are necessary to return safely!

Summer Camps Canceled Through At Least June 26

Following the guidance of state and local leadership and taking into consideration the health and safety of our participants and staff, the City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department has made the decision to cancel summer camp through at least June 26, 2020. A full credit will be issued to your RecLink account. If you prefer a refund, please email We will process your refund request as quickly as possible.

We are still assessing the feasibility of offering camps scheduled after June 26, 2020 and will provide an update by June 15. We will take into consideration the ability to manage our camp program while maintaining small group sizes, following social distancing guidelines, and implementing other measures recommended by the CDC. We are also exploring alternate locations for camps planned for Ravenscroft Academy, as the school has made the decision to restrict summer access to the campus by outside groups. 

We recognize the importance of summer camp for youth and families in Raleigh and Wake County and appreciate your patience and understanding!

Social Distancing Best Practices

Parks and open space provide necessary respite, especially during challenging times. We invite you to breathe in the fresh air and enjoy nature. To continue to enjoy Raleigh parks and greenways safely, we recommend you do the following:

  • Always keep at least 6 feet between you and others.
  • Visit the park or trails early in the morning or later in the day.
  • Walk, jog, hike, and bike in a single file on the trail.
  • When crossing a bridge on the trail, allow one group or trail user to pass at a time to maintain 6 feet distance. 
  • Avoid gathering in groups at trailheads or other areas.
  • Warn other greenway users when passing by calling out or using your bike bell.
  • When someone approaches you on the greenway, step to the side and let them pass.
  • To improve social distancing, consider visiting less busy trails or parks. See our Park Locator to find the park closest to you.
  • Always follow the CDC's personal hygiene guidance.
  • If you are exhibiting symptoms, do not visit the park or trails. However, people with COVID19 may not exhibit symptoms, so it is important to practice all of the above guidelines even if feeling well.

Thank you for being smart and safe, Raleigh!

Visit the City's main COVID-19 Information page.

Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources