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Posted on: April 13, 2021

Montgomery County Parks, Trails, and Historic Sites Provide COVID-19 Permitted Event Update

Green Lane Reservoir

NORRISTOWN, PA – In accordance with updated state and federal COVID-19 mitigation guidelines, Montgomery County Parks, Trails, and Historic Sites (PTHS) have announced the following updates on permitted events within their facilities.

Issuance of trail-based Special Use Permits, typically requested for organized races or other events held on regional trails will continue to be suspended through at least June 30, 2021.

This applies to the Schuylkill River Trail including the Towpath and Schuylkill East Trail, Pennypack Trail, Cross County Trail, Chester Valley Trail, Audubon Loop, Wissahickon Green Ribbon Trail, and Perkiomen Trail.

Rentals of indoor spaces will be granted based on occupancy limits of 50% of capacity

  • Pavilions are not considered indoor spaces and are available for rent as normal, subject to overall limit of 250 people. Pavilions are available for rent at most park sites with a few exceptions: Lock 60, Upper Schuylkill Valley Park, and Lorimer Park.  
  • Upper Schuylkill Valley Park animal indoor facilities are offering limited attendance and are directionally controlled to maintain distancing requirements.
  • Green Lane Park will continue to accept camping reservations at 50% capacity.

The Montgomery County Office of Public Health requires a COVID-19 Mitigation Plan for events and gatherings with more than 25 people indoors or more than 250 people outdoors.

Montgomery County Historic Sites and Upper Schuylkill Valley Park will continue to manage visitation limits and touring based on case-by-case review of group requests while requiring masks and social distancing.

Restrooms will remain open on a limited basis. Water fountains will remain off until further notice. PTHS will continue to require masks and social distancing consistent with current COVID-19 mitigation guidelines.

About Montgomery County Parks, Trails, and Historic Sites
Montgomery County Parks, Trails, and Historic Sites offer wonderful opportunities for residents and visitors to enjoy various natural resources, participate in educational and recreational opportunities, and appreciate Montgomery County’s historic past. Whether you are a bike enthusiast, a lover of antiques, or just want a quiet space for a family picnic, there is something for everyone throughout our facilities.

Montgomery County owns and/or manages more than 6,000 acres of public open space which includes nine parks, five historic sites, and over sixty miles of regional trails. These areas include over 125 historic and non-historic structures, playgrounds, a fish ladder, a working historic canal lock, a wildlife center, and an archives/artifact collection of over 53,000 pieces. Montgomery County Parks, Trails, and Historic Sites combined are enjoyed by over 2 million visitors each year. Park lands include fishing opportunities, environmental education programs, hiking, boat rentals, pavilions, and more.

Media Contact: Kelly Cofrancisco, kcofrancisco@montcopa.org

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