Boulder parks are on a close watch from residents and government officials alike as the full Colorado shutdown continues. While parks are currently open, if social distancing measures do not occur outside, officials may be forced to begin shutting down outdoor areas to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Notably, Chautauqua had a full parking lot on Wednesday with residents hoping to enjoy the warm and sunny day. A full park makes it nearly impossible to employ social distancing of at least 6 feet.

In the meantime, Boulder Valley School District has shut off all of its playgrounds in an attempt to keep people away.

“One person shooting a ball can invite more people to want to join and a game to start,” city Parks and Recreation spokesperson Denise White said, adding signage warning of the park facility closures is being installed this week. “We’re going to watch and see if we need to tape off anything. We’re hoping with the signage and people staying at home, that as a community the order is followed.”

Regardless, health officials are reminding residents of the importance of maintaining mental health and physical health, and are encouraging Coloradoans to continue exercising outside while practicing social distancing.

Kaylee was raised (but not *technically* born) in Colorado. She graduated from Regis University with a bachelor of arts in English. During her time at Regis she worked as a teaching assistant in a freshman classroom setting and in the writing center helping students on a variety of topics. While there, she discovered Cura Personalis, or care for the entire person, leading to her love of feminism and desire for equal rights for all. Kaylee is the managing editor for AboutBoulder, OnDenver, and a key member of the OnMetro team, launching this platform in cities across the United States.