Visiting the pond at Eagle Point Park
Visiting the pond at Eagle Point Park

During a time we're all looking for a ray of sunshine, the City of Dubuque has announced they're opening up Murphy Park and Eagle Point Park early.

The press release from the city contained the following information.

The City of Dubuque Leisure Services Department has opened Murphy Park and Eagle Point Park for the 2020 season.

Restrooms, pavilions, playgrounds and equipment, and sports courts at the parks will remain closed until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Parents and caretakers of children are asked to prevent children from using playground equipment. Those visiting the parks and other outdoor recreational areas are reminded of the importance of social distancing and staying 6-10 feet apart from others, as instructed by the Centers for Disease Control and the Iowa Department of Public Health.

“It’s important that we all stay home as much as possible but getting outside occasionally is crucial to maintaining health and well-being during these difficult times,” said City of Dubuque Park Division Manager Stephen Fehsal. “We are pleased to be able to offer these parks as additional places for people to get some fresh air and exercise, while social distancing.”

All park ordinances, including hours of operation will be enforced. Until further notice, there will be no admission fee for vehicles entering Eagle Point Park. Future updates or changes to these policies will be announced and posted online at and via the City of Dubuque Leisure Services Department's social media. For additional information, please contact the City of Dubuque Leisure Services Department at 563-589-4263.

Sure we can't hit the slides, swings or tennis courts... but at least we can enjoy a walk through one of our favorite parks as the weather changes.

It's another sign of spring and another sign we will come through this trying time soon.

Chris Farber - Y105

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