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Parks COVID-19 Information

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With the coronavirus or COVID-19, in the news, we want to update you on how Raleigh Parks is addressing the issue. The City of Raleigh, Wake County Public Health, and other local partner organizations are taking measures to prepare for the potential spread of the virus, which includes considering the safety of our park participants, volunteers, and visitors. For more information on the local response to the virus, please visit Wake County’s COVID-19 page


Update for Friday, April 10, 2020

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Raleigh and Wake County, further preventive measures are being taken by Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department to limit activities where people may come into close contact with each other. 

Park open space and greenways remain open except for the following closures and modifications:


  • Lake Wheeler, Annie Louise Wilkerson Nature Preserve Park, and Durant Nature Preserve are closed through April 30.
  • All park amenities are closed through April 30. This includes, but is not limited to, athletic courts and fields, dog parks, skate parks, playgrounds, lakes, restrooms, shelters, and facilities. 


  • Beginning Friday, April 10, 2020, Horseshoe Farm Nature Preserve will be open Saturday and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Forest Ridge Park will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. through April 30. Park gates will close promptly at 8 p.m.; please plan your visit accordingly.

This is in addition to the cancellation of all programs, activities, and events. At this time, maintenance service levels in parks and greenways will be reduced. We expect everyone to follow CDC guidelines to keep yourselves and others safe. Please be patient as we all do our part to maintain social distance and limit exposure.

  • Participants will receive a 100% credit on your account.  If you prefer a refund, please send the request to
  • No new rentals will be booked prior to April 30, 2020.
  • Be prepared for limited access to public water fountains.


  • Letterland Day at Pullen Park (April 25)
  • Mud Day (May 18)
  • Fred Fletcher Outstanding Volunteer Awards (May 20)
  • SunFest at Dorothea Dix Park (July 11)


  • History Tours at Pullen Park 
  • Pinwheels in the Park
  • Community Carousel Challenge 

A Message from Raleigh Parks

We are navigating this uncertain time together as a community. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected our daily lives and continues to challenge us to make difficult decisions and adjustments for the well-being and safety of all. 

Parks and open space provide necessary respite, especially during challenging times. We invite you to breathe in the fresh air and enjoy nature, but please remember to follow social distancing guidelines and remain more than 6 feet from others. 

We're sharing ideas and activities that you can do at home as a family with Play Anywhere Raleigh. From nature exploration and meditation, to exercise and arts & crafts, we want to help you find ways to manage stress and anxiety amid uncertainty.

Together we connect and enrich our community through exceptional experiences. We commit to this mission each day. Now, more than ever, we will push ourselves to find new and creative ways to offer you exceptional experiences.

Thank you for your trust and patience. We hope that we will all be playing together again soon!

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