Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the high temperatures that signify summer in Broome County carry on. The pandemic has led many families to wonder about the safe ways to beat the heat and get some exercise while staying healthy. Thankfully, Broome County Parks, Recreation, and Youth Services have provided helpful guidelines on how to enjoy the warm weather while preventing the spread of coronavirus.
Requests from Broome County
Stay Local: Instead of traveling to other counties, try to stay closer to home when you go out. Limit your visits to a few hours instead of a day trip, to allow for other people to enjoy the parks. Try to avoid wildly popular and trafficked destinations.
Go Small: When you go to Broome County parks, try to attend with smaller groups of people, such as your immediate household. While in the parks, avoid large crowds.
Be Ready: If you encounter large crowds, move quickly around or through those areas.
Be Safe: As per recommendations, stay six feet away from other people. If necessary, leave the park and return at another time to ensure adequate social distancing.
Additional Guidelines from the CDC and DOH
Stay home if you are sick, or show any symptoms of COVID-19.
Practice social distancing, even while outdoors.
Avoid close contact, which includes shaking hands, hugging, and/or high-fives.
Wash your hands often, or bring alcohol-based hand sanitizer of at least 60% alcohol.
Avoid contact with frequently touched surfaces, which include doorknobs and handrails.
What Parks are in Broome County?
Dorchester Park: 5469 NY Rt. 26, Whitney Point, NY
Greenwood Park: 153 Greenwood Road, Lisle, NY
Roundtop Park: 1 Roundtop Park Street, Endicott, NY
Grippen Park: 607 South Grippen Ave., Endicott, NY
Bagsai Softball: Lt. VanWinkle Dr., Binghamton, NY
Otsiningo Park: 1 Otsiningo Park, Binghamton, NY
Aqua-Terra Park: Maxian Road, Binghamton, NY
Nathaniel Cole Park: 1674 Colesville Road, Harpursville, NY
Hawkins Pond: 224 Scouten Hill Road, Windsor, NY
What Activities are Available?
Athletic courts and sports fields are open but restricted to less than 50 people at one time.
Camping is open, and new reservations are being accepted.
Swimming is open at Nathaniel Cole Park, Dorchester Park, and Greenwood Park from 11:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Swimming is also available on a first-come, first-serve basis at Recreation Park pool, Cheri Lindsey Memorial Park pool, and Southside Park pool. These pools will operate at 50 percent capacity, and locker rooms and pool decks will be closed.
Boat rentals are open at Dorchester Park and Greenwood Park Monday-Sunday, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Boat rentals at Nathaniel Cole Park are available Thursday-Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
For more information on COVID-19 updates related to parks and outdoor recreation, please visit Broome County's website by clicking on the provided link. For a detailed chart of all the activities offered by each Broome County park, click here.