Some Lackawanna County parks now open for limited use


LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Four parks in Lackawanna County have reopened just in time for the spring weather.

After being closed for almost 3 weeks, McDade, Merli-Sarnoski, Covington, and Aylesworth Parks in Lackawanna County re-opened this morning. Mark Dougher, Deputy Director of Parks and Recreation, says people have been entering parks since their gates opened at 7 a.m.

“People have been bike riding, walking, walking their dogs, they’re fishing, they’re also keeping a social distance from each other,” said Dougher.

“I always came here, before this. So it’s nice to come back,” said Jude Kane of Scranton.

But not everything is back to normal in the parks.

“We have hardly any picnic tables out. We took all the picnic tables we can in all the parks and put them in one area so people keep their distances,” said Dougher.

Playgrounds, basketball and tennis courts are closed. Dougher says bathrooms are also locked.

“You know that’s something very important to keep everyone safe. People walking in and walking out of bathrooms,” he told Eyewitness News.

He says it is a relief to have the parks open to the public again. He says parks are important, especially during this period of time where people are under stay-at-home orders.

“They get out, they start walking around. They start to relax. It’s just somewhere else for them to go,” he said.

“It gives you a chance to get out of the house. Everybody’s sick of being in the house. Get out and get some fresh air,” said Shawn Kane of Scranton.

The Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour is still closed.

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