Alachua County Plan to Reopen Poe Springs

Press release from Alachua County

Poe Springs (28800 N.W. 182nd Ave, High Springs) will reopen at 50% capacity on weekends only, starting June 13, 2020, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Park staff will patrol the day-use area and swimming area to ensure all guidelines are being followed. Park staff will also clean and disinfect commonly-touched surfaces and restrooms hourly. Visitors should follow CDC recommendations for visiting parks and recreational facilities. Groups that live together visiting the park are not expected to be contactless or use social distancing.

Guidelines for park swimming:

  • Keep “play” and interaction between swimmers contactless, and maintain social distancing.
  • Do not intermix groups.
  • Discourage the sharing of swim equipment. If sharing must occur, consider how the equipment will be sanitized between each use.
  • Adhere to park-specific guidelines for COVID-19.

Park guidelines:

  • Limit groups to ten or less and stay at least six feet from others at all times. This might make some open areas, trails, and paths better to use. Do not go into a crowded area.
  • Do not use the playground located within the park.
  • Keep “play” and interactions contactless, and maintain social distancing.
  • Do not intermix groups.

For more information, contact the Alachua County Parks and Conservation Land Office at 352-264-6868 or parks@alachuacounty.us.

  • Smh, trying to figure out why they are only going to be open on the weekends.What is the point of penalizing the people who would go Monday through Friday when it’s less likely to be crowded? Swimming, outdoors at a spring is a pretty low risk activity for contracting / transmitting a respiratory virus, especially when there aren’t very many people there…

  • Here’s the knucklehead Chair’s response when someone suggested opening the park for free. Reader’s Digest version…”If we charge fees the park will be overwhelmed with people.”

    Isn’t he the brightest crayon in the box? Has anyone else noticed the rise of panhandling, homelessness on the streets of the city/county? The word is out, this particular city/county gives away all sorts of free stuff.

    Keep giving and they’ll keep coming.

  • Just remember, after secession Poe Springs will be in our new Springs County. Where public parks will be allowed to overcrowd and transmit disease in the Koch Brothers version of a pseudo-libertarian society. Freedom! Contact your state senator and demand he support Senate Bill 1861v2.0, the Springs County Secession Act.

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