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HC Parks restricts camping, closes Discovery Center

HC Parks restricts camping, closes Discovery Center
HC Parks restricts camping, closes Discovery Center
A sign placed by the Harrison County Parks Dept. warns potential playground users of the risk of coronavirus as well as notifies visitors of the temporary prohibition of organized gatherings on county parks property. Submitted photo

With the recent outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Harrison County Parks Dept. has implemented changes and restrictions as well as some closings.

“With the recent outbreak of the coronavirus, we have taken steps to help keep our employees and the public safe,” said parks superintendent Larry Shickles. “At the Harrison County Parks Dept., it is always our goal to provide for the safety of our visitors and staff.”

Among steps taken was the closing of the Harrison County Discovery Center in Corydon and the parks department facilities until April 6.

“While the parks will remain open at this time, we will be posting information providing the public the risks of using public playground equipment or gathering in spots where other groups are gathered,” Shickles said. “We will be canceling all organized sporting, special events, other functions or fundraising events planned by the department or outside groups in the parks until April 6.”

The campground at Buffalo Trace Park near Palmyra will remain open but will be restricted to campers whose units have self-contained facilities such as rest rooms, showers and sinks that are functional.

“We are restricting the use of campers that do not have such facilities, such as pop-up campers or primitive tent camping,” Shickles said.

Camping at South Harrison Park near Elizabeth will remain closed.

Also, the parks department’s administrative offices at the Harrison County Government Center in Corydon will remain open to assist guests by phone, email or internet, Shickles said.

The public lobby and service counter will be closed until April 6.

“While we never take such actions lightly, given the current status of this situation, we want to take what precautions we can to protect our employees and citizens,” Shickles said.

For more information, call 812-738-8236 or use the following emails: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected] and [email protected].

Reservations, registration and payments can be made by going to www.HarrisonCountyParks.com.

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