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Mayor Extends Opening of Certain Parks, Opens Lake Nicol and Harris Lake

Mayor Walt Maddox has amended the April 16, 2020 Executive Order regarding the temporary opening of certain City parks.

The amended Executive Order calls for the continued opening of walking trails, green spaces, and community gardens at Shelby, Bowers, Snow Hinton, Palmore and Sokol Parks during daylight hours, and public boat docks and ramps at Lake Tuscaloosa. It also adds the opening of public boat docks and ramps accessing Lake Nicol and Harris Lake.

“The efforts that the people of Tuscaloosa have made to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community have had a tremendous effect," the Mayor says. "I’m thrilled to be able to take the step to reopen Lake Nicol and Harris Lake so that we can responsibly get out of our homes and enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend has in store for Tuscaloosa.”

Community members who access the parks are asked to do so in a manner that complies with CDC and Alabama Department of Public Health social distancing guidelines. Indoor facilities, playgrounds, and playground equipment at all parks remain closed. 

The amendments go into effect at the start of daylight on Friday, May 1 and are in effect through June 12.