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Great Egrets in Gilbert, AZ (PC Mike Gross) - A friendly reminder to practice social distancing

Coconino County Parks & Recreation is staffing its office virtually to help protect the team and the public during the COVID-19 pandemic. Virtual staffing at Parks & Recreation began on March 19 and will continue through at least April 30. For inquiries about parks, natural areas and trails, the public is encouraged to call the Parks & Recreation’s Administration phone number at 928-679-8000 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday, or email Phones and emails are being forwarded to staff working remotely who can assist with questions. Parks, natural areas and trails managed by Coconino County are to remain open for public enjoyment. Read the press release.

On March 15, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey declared a state of emergency, and statewide schools are closed until March 27. The CDC recommends that gatherings of 50 people or more in the United States be canceled or postponed in the next eight weeks because of the coronavirus. Please follow these recommended practices, as well Guidance from Coconino County Health and Human Services, to help keep you, your loved ones, and your community safe.

Given these constraints, what are ways you can continue to practice mental and physical health? 

  • If you’re looking to get outside, parks and natural areas managed by Coconino County remain open for public use. Visit Coconino.AZ.Gov/Parks for a list of Coconino County parks, natural areas, and trails.
  • Trails and outdoor spaces are good options for avoiding crowds with the ability to practice social distancing or keeping a 6-foot distance between you and someone else. Remaining active and experiencing nature can be healthy for body and mind, which is important in times like these.
  • Keep physically active and try doing your workout at home, or download a new app and try something new.
  • Reach out by phone to friends and family and use technology to see beloved faces.
  • Read a book and join an online discussion. If you’re interested in outdoor-related books, Outside magazine has an Outside Beyond Books Club
  • There are many lifelong learning options online and many are free. What’s your passion? You can also explore new learning opportunities and expand your horizons. Take up a new hobby or pick a subject to learn more about and research it online. 
  • If you’re looking for ideas on how to engage your kiddos during spring break, read more from Scripps Health
  • Looking to try meditation? Encourage the time for mindfulness and self-care. 
  • Want to check out a museum? Check out Travel & Leisure’s site for virtual tours of 12 famous museums.

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March 2020 Park Happenings