Park Closure Updates: Sandy Hook Closed, State And County Parks Closed, Local Parks Depends On Town

April 8, 2020

Yesterdays stories on park closures: Check the previous stories for links and information. All State and county parks are closed. Some local parks are closed and some remain open depending on town, check local parks before heading out. Sandy Hook, Gateway Recreation Area has also been closed. As of now there is no exemption for individual fishing as reported yesterday. It appears that Wildlife Management Areas remain open but check the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife before heading out for latest information.

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Don’t ruin it for everyone else keep your distance. This barricade is ready at the main parking lot of the Assunpink Wildlife Management Area for any potential shut down. Maintain social distancing so you don’t loose the Wildlife Management Areas too.

List of Federal Parks in NJ check each park before visiting to find out COVID-19 restrictive measures or closures.

Sandy Hook, Gateway National Recreation Area:

Sandy Hook is temporarily closed as of April 8, 2020

Following guidance from the CDC and recommendations from state and local public health in consultation with NPS Public Health Service officers, Sandy Hook is temporarily closed. Updates will be posted on the park website and social media.

Gateway National Recreation Area, in response to New York and New Jersey’s Executive Orders to close all non-life sustaining operations to curb the spread of COVID-19, is announcing that all park buildings and restrooms are closed. Park grounds, roads, trails and parking areas will remain open to the public.

As of March 20th, Gateway National Recreation Area will not issue permits, conduct on-site public or educational programs, collect trash, operate or provide restrooms, maintain roads or walkways (including plowing and ice melting), or provide visitor information and services. This includes fishing/parking permits throughout Gateway.

The National Park Service (NPS) encourages people who choose to visit Gateway National Recreation Area during this pandemic to adhere to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local public health authorities to protect visitors and employees. As services are limited, the NPS urges visitors to continue to practice Leave No Trace principles, including pack-in and pack-out, to keep outdoor spaces safe and healthy.