Tennessee state parks to reopen April 24

Most Tennessee state parks will reopen April 24, according to Gov. Bill Lee. (Courtesy Tennessee State Parks)
Most Tennessee state parks will reopen April 24, according to Gov. Bill Lee. (Courtesy Tennessee State Parks)

Most Tennessee state parks will reopen April 24, according to Gov. Bill Lee. (Courtesy Tennessee State Parks)

After 20 days of being closed, Gov. Bill Lee announced that the majority of Tennessee’s state parks will reopen April 24 at a press conference on April 23.


“We are absolutely thrilled to be able to open most of our state parks tomorrow morning at 7 a.m.,” said David Salyers, commissioner of the state's department of environment and conservation. “The outdoors is an important stress reliever for Tennesseans who’ve been cooped up and isolated.”

All state parks closed April 4 in accordance with Lee's Executive Order No. 23, which called for all residents to stay at home unless they were carrying out essential activities. On April 20, Lee announced that he will not extend the order, which is set to expire April 30.

Of the 56 state parks in Tennessee, only three will remain temporarily closed, including Cummins Falls State Park, Seven Islands State Birding Park and Lamar Alexander Rocky Fork State Park. The reopening of parks will be limited to daytime hours only.

Salyers said he strongly encourages park visitors to continue social distancing practices by staying at least six feet away from other visitors, try to only go to parks near where they live, go to parks earlier in the day and to wear masks while visiting. The commissioner also said his department would likely have to limit the number of visitors to parks if they become too crowded.

“Several studies have shown that being outdoors and being in nature really do us a lot of good mentally and physically,” Salyers said. “Adherence to these guidelines is going to be critical for us to keep these parks open, and for the well-being of our guests and our staff.”


While the parks are reopening, many of their amenities will remain closed, such as facilities, gathering areas, pavilions and playgrounds, according to a press release from Tennessee State Parks. Cabins, lodges, restaurants, campgrounds and group camps will also be closed.

“We look forward to opening state parks,” Sayler said. “We’re eager to serve Tennesseans, but we need everyone’s cooperation in order to stay open.”


MOST RECENT

With a clinical background in internal, pulmonary and critical care medicine, Corry has been with BCM for 20 years. He now focuses primarily on inflammatory lung diseases, such as asthma and smoking-related chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases. (Graphic by Ronald Winters/Community Impact Newspaper)
Q&A: Baylor College of Medicine's Dr. David Corry discusses immunity, vaccine production amid COVID-19 pandemic

Rapid development and distribution of a vaccine worldwide and successful achievement of herd immunity will be key players in determining the lifespan of the COVID-19 pandemic, said Dr. David Corry, a professor of Medicine in the Immunology, Allergy and Rheumatology Section at Baylor College of Medicine.

Here are the coronavirus data updates to know today in Tennessee. (Community Impact staff)
Tennessee coronavirus cases rise by over 1,900 in 24 hours

In Davidson County, there have been at least 12,935 reported cases. Williamson County has reported 1,670 cases.

Williamson County Schools released a reopening framework plan for students and families on July 9 before school begins in early August, with students given the option to receive on-campus or remote instruction. (Courtesy Pixabay)
Williamson County Schools’ 2020-21 plan plus four other Nashville stories

Here are five recent updates from Greater Nashville on plans for education in the fall, governmental moves toward increased public safety and more.

The restaurant offers a variety of milk tea drinks as well as ramen, rice bowls and other dishes. (Courtesy Pexels)
Tea shop and ramen bar Chatime opens Nashville location in Belmont-Hillsboro

The restaurant offers a variety of milk tea drinks as well as ramen, rice bowls and other dishes.

The Tennessee State Capitol Commission voted July 9 to remove the Nathan Bedford Forrest bust from the state capitol. (Screenshot via www.tn.gov)
Commission votes to remove Nathan Bedford Forrest bust from Tennessee Capitol, but it will not be moved just yet

The final decision on moving the bust will be made by the Tennessee Historic Commission.

Tennessee coronavirus cases rise by over 1,600 in 24 hours

The daily totals also include 710 cumulative deaths, 3,088 cumulative hospitalizations and an estimated 33,609 recoveries to date.

Remote learning is expected to last through at least Labor Day at Metro Nashville Public Schools, according to Director of Schools Adrienne Battle. (Courtesy Metro Nashville Public Schools)
Metro Nashville Public Schools to start school year remotely Aug. 4

Remote learning is expected to last through at least Labor Day, according to Director of Schools Adrienne Battle

Metro Nashville Council approved three ordinances related to mask requirements, non-owner-occupied short-term rental properties and home-based businesses at the July 7 meeting. (Dylan Skye Aycock/Community Impact Newspaper)
Masks, short-term rentals and home-based businesses: 3 ordinances approved by Metro Nashville Council July 7

Metro Nashville Council approved three ordinances related to mask requirements, non-owner-occupied short-term rental properties and home-based businesses at the July 7 meeting.

Census worker
2020 census: Bureau prepares nonresponse follow-up field operations

For individuals who have not responded to the 2020 census, one of about 500,000 census takers will visit the their household between Aug. 11-Oct. 31.

Here are the coronavirus data updates to know today in Tennessee. (Community Impact staff)
Tennessee coronavirus cases rise by over 2,400 in 24 hours, marking the largest single-day increase in cases to date

The daily totals also include 685 cumulative deaths, 3,025 cumulative hospitalizations and an estimated 32,736 recoveries to date.

New guidelines released by ICE require foreign students to take mostly in-person classes to stay in the U.S. on education visas. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
New U.S. guidelines require exchange students to take in-person classes this fall

The guidelines released by ICE require foreign students to take mostly in-person classes to stay in the U.S. on education visas.