Cherry Creek and Chatfield State Parks to resume staffing entrance stations
Credit: Colorado Parks and Wildlife
In an effort to help reinforce the advice and guidelines from Colorado Governor Jared Polis and health officials, Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be resuming staffing entrance stations during high use times at both Cherry Creek and Chatfield State Parks.
Visitors were able to purchase daily or annual passes necessary for access to the parks using a credit or debit card when the gates were not staffed. However, connectivity issues and long lines at the entrances did not allow for proper social distancing.
We feel it will be beneficial to actually staff some entrance stations on parks, especially at Cherry Creek and Chatfield, CPW Northeast Region Manager Mark Leslie said. "This gives us the ability to provide direct messaging to our customers, provide better customer service at the entrances and allow for proper social distancing by avoiding the crowded interactions at the pay stations.
All staff will be wearing proper personal protective equipment and maintaining social distancing to the highest degree possible.
We are making a concentrated effort to tell the public to wear your masks and follow proper social distancing protocols while participating in approved outdoor recreation activities on our properties, said Leslie. We are paying attention, we want people to recreate on the parks, but we want them to do it safely and responsibly.
With the increased visitation state parks are experiencing, park and regional managers may look at additional implementations like this level of staffing, or potentially other closures of areas like narrow trails or boat launches if social distancing is not possible or visitors aren't doing their part.
CPW managers may also close additional areas that do not allow for social distancing. This could include fishing piers and other more concentrated recreation areas and would be determined by location. CPW encourages people to take local and state stay-at-home orders seriously, and limit travel time wherever possible, even for approved recreation.