Coping with COVID-19: People enjoying our parks!
April 1, 2020 | Topics: Spotlight, Stories
By Eddee Daniel
It’s been a miserable week. Even without the pandemic making life truly unsettling, the weather alone has been wretched. An unbroken string of dreary, cold, sunless days. The kind of early spring in Wisconsin—after all the snow has melted and before things begin to bloom—when all you want to do is fly south or stay indoors. But since we can no longer consider travel and the insides of our houses have become all too familiar, the outdoors, despite the gloom, has suddenly become unseasonably appealing.
The outpouring of people in area parks that I reported last week has continued. The only significant difference is an even more obvious concern for social distancing and an increased use of face masks while running, walking and cycling. And while cold has never deterred native Wisconsinites from venturing out, it is unusual to see so many braving blustery, drizzly and worse conditions.
And so, I present this week’s edition of people in parks coping with the crisis. I’ve tried to get around to a variety of places to show how ubiquitous the phenomenon is and, as always, to highlight the wealth of nature we have in our community. As noted previously, some parks are far more popular—and crowded—than others. To find a park near you or one that isn’t teeming with other visitors check out our Find-a-Park map.
This is the third installment in our Coping with COVID-19 series. Here are the previous ones:
“Schools are closed, events cancelled, but parks are open!”
“Coping with COVID-19: People seek out nature!”
Again, our Find-a-Park map is here to help you— yes! —find a park. Remember to observe safe personal hygiene and social distancing guidelines when you head out for fresh air, exercise and a healthy dose of nature.
To see the complete set of chronological images taken during the COVID-19 shutdown, go to Eddee’s Flickr album.
Eddee Daniel is a board member of Preserve Our Parks and A Wealth of Nature Project Director. All images in today’s photo essay were shot in the past week. The featured photo at the top is from Mequon Nature Preserve.