As we head into the weekend, so many of us will be craving the opportunity to get outdoors. If you’re planning to take to the green spaces, take a moment to read the following email from Metro Parks Director Monique Horton Odom. She offers very clear and important expectations all Nashvillians are expected to abide by. Stay safe, friends!

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Dear Friends,

We are living in a difficult, but clearly historic, time. Phrases like, “We’re all in  this together,” “Out of an abundance
of caution,” “Social distancing,” and“AmeriCAN” are the new monikers for what is clearly our “new normal.”

COVID-19 has left an indelible mark on the collective health and psyche of us all. I don’t think anyone could have predicted the cultural impact of this deadly virus.

And, I certainly don’t think anyone could have predicted the important role that parks and open spaces would have in the war on the coronavirus. During these unprecedented times when quarantines, face masks, and hand sanitizer are the norm, green spaces have become the new hot spot – literally and figuratively.

While our parks, greenways, and trails are open to give all of us a much-needed respite from this unexpected viral war on our health – there is still a segment of our users that ignores the pleas for social distancing. And, while we have done our best to help flatten the curve by closing dog parks, picnic shelters, basketball courts, playgrounds, tennis courts, and other facilities – there are still those that ignore our very straightforward and urgent warnings to avoid these much-loved areas during this time.

The following infographic offers pointers to stay as safe as possible while in local public areas and green spaces. Image: Metro Parks & Recreation

So, we’re in a battle. And, with any battle, soldiers are needed. While our healthcare professionals and first responders are on the frontlines, we need to beef up our ranks to help in communicating the importance and impact of social distancing in our parks and on our greenways.

Please consider posting the graphic below on your social media accounts, both personal and professional. It’s a simple but effective way to help us flatten the curve on this virus, while keeping our parks and greenways safe.

And remember – wash your hands, keep your social distance, and stay home if you are sick. As a matter of fact, stay “Safer at Home” or work from home if you are able.

Yours in the battle,

Monique Horton Odom,
Director, Metro Board of Parks and Recreation