MARQUETTE COUNTY, Mich. (WLUC) - In tandem with the move of CRI Region 8 (the Upper Peninsula) to Stage 4 in the Michigan Safe Start Plan on Friday, May 22, parks and green spaces will be opening in Marquette County, the City of Marquette, the City of Negaunee, the City of Ishpeming, Chocolay Township, Marquette Township,
Sands Township, Negaunee Township and Ishpeming Township.
Presque Isle Park. (WLUC File Photo)
The reopening in the City of Marquette will include walking and biking in all City parks, including Presque Isle Park.
Playgrounds and restrooms will remain closed. City offices, including City Hall and the Municipal Service Center remain closed as well.
Sugarloaf Mountain will open on Friday. Social distancing and hand sanitizing signage will be installed at the trail head.
"Obviously we want to open things up as quickly as we can. We understand that the public is anxious for all of these amenities, but we want to do it in a safe manner. The one thing we want to avoid is a setback because none of us want to go back to where we were six weeks ago," said Marquette City Manager, Mike Angeli.
Chocolay Township will not open the ball fields, tennis courts, pickle ball courts, or play equipment at this time because they need additional maintenance. Marquette Charter Township and Negaunee Township parks and green spaces will be open for public use, except climbing structure and pavilions per Executive Order restrictions. Buildings and offices will remain closed until further notice.
Each locale may enforce more specific restrictions in regards to playgrounds and ball fields. Contact your local municipality if you have a question about a facility. Please be respectful and practice proper social distancing while utilizing green spaces and park facilities.
More information on the Governor’s MI Safe Start Plan can be found here https://www.michigan.gov/documents/whitmer/MI_SAFE_START_PLAN_689875_7.pdf.