St. Louis closing parks to all vehicle traffic in hopes of slowing coronavirus spread

Effective immediately, all roads inside O’Fallon Park, Willmore Park, Fairground Park, and some roads in Carondelet Park and Forest Park will be closed to traffic until at least April 22.

Sam Masterson
March 31, 2020 - 9:12 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The City of St. Louis is taking another step to stop the spread of coronavirus restricting vehicular traffic inside several parks. 

Mayor Lyda Krewson says the goal is to discourage social gatherings and provide more room for those who wish to safely practice social distancing. The parks are not being closed to visitors. 

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As of now, all roads inside O'Fallon, Willmore, Fairground, and Carondelet Parks, except for a stretch of Loughborough Drive, will be closed to traffic until at least April 22. 

Three roads in Forest Park are also closed:

- Government Drive from Wells Drive to Washington Drive
- Fine Arts Drive from Government Drive to Lagoon Drive
- Lagoon Drive from Fine Arts Drive to DeBaliviere Circle

The city says violators' vehicles will be towed. The decision comes after Tower Grove Park closed some of it's roads to vehicle traffic over the weekend.

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St. Louis County Parks are still open to vehicle traffic and trails will remain open, however, some park restrooms have been closed and all park playgrounds, basketball and tennis courts, indoor facilities (recreation centers and museums) and Creve Coeur Park Soccer Complex will be closed thru at least April 22.

All city playgrounds, roller rinks, and tennis, basketball, racquetball, handball, and pickle ball courts are also closed to the public until at least April 22.

Individuals who wish to visit St. Louis City parks for physical activity are encouraged to practice safe social distancing by remaining at least six feet apart.

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