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Parks COVID-19 Information

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Latest Updates

Update 4/30/21

Following updated recommendations from Governor Cooper, Raleigh Parks will make the following modifications to park operations effective April 30, 2021, at 5 p.m.: 

Face Coverings
Face coverings will not be required for outdoor activities.  We continue to encourage visitors to wear masks outdoors where social distancing is limited. 

Temperature Checks
We will discontinue temperature checks for participants engaging in outdoor programs and activities. Temperature checks will remain in effect for employees and indoor programs and activities.

Gathering Limits
The number of people who can gather at outdoor and indoor events will increase based on current gathering limits and facility capacity limits.

Update 4/28/21

Raleigh Parks will make the following modification to operations at Buffaloe Road Aquatic Center

Recreation Swim
Effective May 8, 2021, reservations will no longer be needed for recreation swim.  We will welcome all swimmers on a first-come, first-serve basis as capacity limits allow.  If the facility has reached capacity when you arrive, a waiting list will be available. City of Raleigh aquatics staff will still require wellness screenings for everyone entering the facility.  Regular cleanings will occur throughout the day, and masks must be worn by all individuals while not in the water.

Learn more about Buffaloe Road Aquatic Center 

Parks Status

Classes and programs may be held if they are low-intensity and able to be modified to meet state and local guidelines. All programs are subject to modification or cancellation. 

Raleigh Parks Know Before You Go

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!

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