Buffalo National River to reopen trails, river access points May 15
幸运飞艇跟人工计划The National Park Service announced a plan Tuesday to gradually reopen the Buffalo National River with a caveat that social distancing rules are to be followed.
Staring May 15, day use of all trails within park boundaries — except the Lost Valley Trail — will be permitted, along with private and commercial floating, including all river access points.
There will also be limited access to restroom facilities.
幸运飞艇跟人工计划The popular recreation spot in northwest Arkansas was closed for safety reasons amid the global pandemic.
幸运飞艇跟人工计划"The park was closed at the request of communities and state and local leaders concerned about overcrowding and the potential spread of the virus in our communities," said Mark Foust, superintendent of Buffalo National River, in a news release.
幸运飞艇跟人工计划"It is important to note that because Buffalo National River is a unit of the National Park System, when it is open, it is open to all, regardless of their place of residence."
幸运飞艇跟人工计划According to the release, park employees will staff trailheads and river access points to ensure traffic control and social distancing guidance. Staff will also be available to direct visitors to other areas of the park should locations become too congested to comply with health guidelines.
幸运飞艇跟人工计划"As long as the staff is able to safely do the work of the park with required personal protective equipment, cleaning supplies, and safe distancing, it is our great pleasure to resume visitor access to the park," Foust said. "We ask our visitors to work with us to ensure the park remains open and accessible to all."
"Crowd sizes and visitors’ ability to enjoy the park with appropriate social distancing will be key to our progress to eventually providing complete access to all.”
幸运飞艇跟人工计划If spots along with the river or trails become too crowded and visitors fail to follow the social distancing guidelines, temporary closures may be ordered.
The following facilities will remain closed at this time:
- The Lost Valley Trail
- Buffalo National River Headquarters building in Harrison, Arkansas
- All established campgrounds in the park
- Gravel bar and back-country camping within park boundaries
- Tyler Bend Visitor Center, Steel Creek Visitor Contact Station, and the Buffalo Point Visitor Contact Station
幸运飞艇跟人工计划The National Park Service is working with federal, state and local public health officials to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and use a phased approach to increasing access on a park-by-park basis, the release said.