Some parks are open, Roswell’s Old Mill Park and others temporarily closed

Some north Fulton city parks have limited or no visitor access following Gov. Brian Kemp's statewide order to shelter in place. The cities had already closed park facilities, fields and playgrounds to help stop the spread of coronavirus. However, they still allowed park visitors and required social distancing.

Now, Roswell and Sandy Springs have taken additional measures.

In Sandy Springs park gates are closed to prevent groups from gathering, said Sharon Kraun, city director of communications.

And Roswell Mayor Lori Henry has closed Old Mill Park to the public. It will not be open to visitors until at least April 13. Though the parking lot has been closed to visitors since City Council issued a state of emergency in March, the park itself had remained a draw for residents wanting to enjoy spring weather.

“I know we all want to get back to the life we had before COVID-19, and if we all follow these executive orders and guidelines, we will get through this sooner rather than later,” said Henry. “We are all in this together, and I need your help in keeping our community safe and healthy.”

In addition to Old Mill Park, the city closed Barrington Hall grounds, Bulloch Hall grounds and Heart of Roswell Park to the public.

Other parks and trails such as Roswell Riverwalk Trail, Big Creek Greenway and Leita Thompson Memorial Park Trail remain open.

Big Creek Greenway connects with Alpharetta’s Greenway, which is also open. Alpharetta park spaces are open to the public with the requirement that visitors not gather in groups of 10 or more and maintain social distancing guidelines of remaining six feet apart.

In Milton, only park trails are open at the following parks: Bell Memorial Park, Birmingham Park, Freedom Park and Providence Park.

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