HorseshoeMadison.2881.H.360600State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) partnered with other downstate senators Monday by sending a letter to Gov. JB Pritzker, to express concern that, in the face of this pandemic, many of the state parks were excluded from the list of parks set to reopen earlier this month.

Some of the state’s most beautiful attractions will remain vacant this spring unless they take the necessary steps to reopen all state parks so all Illinoisans have the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. People across the state are facing unprecedented challenges, sacrificing their livelihoods, as well as their connections with friends and loved ones to do their part to fight this virus.

For the sake of public health and Illinois' residents, the group urged to reopen the following state parks for the remainder of the Stay at Home Order:

  • Middle Fork River Forest Preserve
  • Horseshoe Lake State Park
  • Banner Marsh State Fish and Wildlife Area
  • Spring Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area
  • Frank Holten State Recreation Area
  • Coffeen Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area

The letter acknowledged appropriate social distancing and other commonsense measures need to be kept in place, but it makes no sense to keep some parks open and close others.

People value the time they spend in parks, whether it be walking their dog, riding a bike or simply enjoying nature. Access to fresh air and exercise is crucial for all Illinoisans, especially during this stressful time. For that reason, safely and responsibly using the state’s open spaces should continue to be encouraged at all parks, not just some.

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