City to allow activities to resume at 3 local reservoirs; playgrounds, basketball courts remain closed

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Loch Raven Reservoir. Photo by Larissa Smith, via Flickr.

Effective 8 a.m. Saturday, Baltimore City will reopen the Liberty, Loch Raven and Pretty Boy reservoirs for the public to use for certain recreational outdoor activities, such as hiking, biking and fishing, Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young announced Friday.

The announcement comes after Gov. Larry Hogan on Wednesday said that people would be able to resume certain “lower risk” outdoor activities at state parks, beaches and other places. Hogan also said local governments would be allowed to open parks at their own discretion.

Activities that will be allowed at the three city-owned reservoirs include walking, hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing from the bank, fishing, boating, horseback riding and walking a dog, said Young and Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa.

Fishing from boat platforms will remain closed, and Loch Raven Drive at the Loch Raven Reservoir will be restricted to pedestrian activity over the weekend, Young said.

He added that officials will continue to enforce all watershed regulations, and people must have current boating and fishing registration and permitting to participate in those activities.

Dzirasa said people participating in the approved activities should continue to wear face coverings over their nose and mouth and practice social distancing by maintaining at least six feet of distance from others.

She added that people should also bring hand sanitizer with them to parks and wash their hands frequently.

Young said playgrounds and basketball courts will remain closed because they do not allow users to maintain a safe distance from one another.

“That would be too close. On the basketball court, you can have a number of young people out there and they probably won’t be practicing social distancing because they’ll be playing against each other.”

People participating in activities at the reservoirs are able to spread out more widely, making it appropriate for those places to reopen, Young said.

Marcus Dieterle


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