Most Miami Beach Parks and Rec Facilities Reopen

Susan Askew
Susan Askew

Most Miami Beach Parks and Rec Facilities Reopen:

But there are restrictions, lots of them

UPDATED May 15, 2020

It’s the beginning of a gradual reopening following the COVID-19 shutdowns. After Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez ordered the County’s parks reopened, Miami Beach set the rules around opening its own parks. Cities cannot be more lenient than the County orders, but they can be more restrictive which Miami Beach has chosen to do.

So… here’s the summary of the City’s announcement and the link to read the specific rules and restrictions. They are detailed and there are lots of them, so click the link to be sure you fully understand conditions of use.

Effective today…

Hours for facilities that are open:
Park hours: 7 am to 8 pm [Updated]
Boat Ramp hours: 6 am to 8 pm
Golf Course hours: 7 am to 8 pm
Tennis Center hours: 7:30 am to 8 pm [Updated]

Important note: Parking in municipal parking lots located at City parks will be restricted to Miami Beach residents who are registered with the City’s residential parking program.

Pocket parks, dog parks, and recreation centers remain closed. And though many parks are open, many of the amenities will be closed including playgrounds, basketball and volleyball courts, and restrooms. Click here for the full list of openings, closures, restrictions.

Rules (some of them) and other important info:
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times except by children under the age of 2, persons who have trouble breathing due to a chronic pre-existing condition, or persons engaged in strenuous physical activity or exercise. [Updated to reflect face masks are not necessary when social distancing is taking place.]
  • Organized activities, including sports, fitness classes or any commercial use activity is prohibited.
  • Social distancing must be observed and there can be no gatherings of 10 or more people. 
  • Some pedestrian trails are one-way as marked.
  • Park entrance push bars, benches, trash/recycling cans are sanitized at various times throughout the day.
  • Strict enforcement of social distancing measures will be implemented with penalties and fines.

The following parks and recreational facilities will remain CLOSED:
  • 20th Street Pocket Park
  • 35th Street/Pancoast Park
  • 82nd Street Skate Park
  • Beach View Park
  • Collins Canal Park 
  • Indian Beach Park
  • LaGorce Park
  • Pride Park
  • Scott Rakow Youth Center
  • Washington Dog Park
  • Washington Park Annex

Also closed or subject to restrictions:

All park restrooms will remain closed, except for restrooms at the golf courses and tennis centers which shall be subject to the following restrictions:
1.    An attendant shall be provided for each restroom;
2.    Restrooms shall be cleaned no less than once every two hours with CDC approved products; and
3.    Restroom use shall be limited to one person or one family at a time.

South Pointe Park Pier will remain closed.

Boat Ramp at Maurice Gibb Memorial Park will be open with restrictions including staged boat launches. Only Miami Beach residents registered in the City’s residential parking programs may park at ramp. (This is a change from the earlier expectation that this ramp would remain closed.)

Flamingo Park Amenities:
Indoor four-walled racquetball courts, football bleachers, baseball stadium, and soccer cage at Flamingo park will remain closed.

The stadium and track at Flamingo Park will have a maximum occupancy not to exceed 30 people at any given time. [Updated: Up to 60 people allowed at any given time.]

Batting cages: Only open at North Shore Park for one-to-one use in the cage. Batting cages at Flamingo Park are closed.

Golf Courses: Miami Beach Golf Club and Normandy Shores Golf Courses open with restrictions.
Where possible, patrons over 60 years old will be separated from younger clientele. New rule: You can’t touch the flagstick, so “any putts that hit the cup or noodle will be considered holed.”

Tennis Courts: Only singles play – not to exceed one hour – is permitted, unless no one is waiting for a court.

Beaches remain closed but the beachwalks and baywalks are open, limited to pedestrians only prior to 9 am and after 5 pm each day. Motorized transportation by disabled persons is permitted at all times.

The City’s draft phased reopening plan was presented last week and will be further discussed at this Friday’s City Commission meeting.


City Commission Meeting
Friday, May 1, 9:00 am  
Zoom Meeting/Telephonic
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85341181136
1.312.626.6799 or 1.929.205.6099 or toll free 1.888.475.4499
Access ID: 85341181136#

 

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