Tennessee to shutter all 56 state parks

A workout area is taped off in Nashville due to the coronavirus pandemic on April 2, 2020. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

All 56 state parks and natural areas will be closed to the public for 10 days starting Saturday in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

“We decided to close the parks in support of Governor Lee’s Executive Order 23,” state Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner David Salyers said in a release. “The health and safety of Tennessee citizens is all of our top priority right now.”

The decision follows Gov. Bill Lee’s executive order on Thursday requiring Tennesseans to stay at home for all but essential activities.

11 Responses to Tennessee to shutter all 56 state parks

  • Leslie Parsley says:

    What a bunch of official panderers. They just now decided to do this?

  • Perry Aubric says:

    Ridiculous, unnecessary, hysterical overreaction.

  • richard McGinnis says:

    They have closed many lakes to fishing, dams to traffic, state parks and natural areas. This is a powder keg……

    • MARLE says:

      WE have wisely? done this, Richard, so that you don’t breathe the same air as someone (outdoors !!!) with you at the fishing hole then go back and hug your 80 year old, sick grandmother (you could have called, emailed, texted, face-timed or written her a lovely hand written, old-fashioned letter but you had to go hug her in person).

      Too ensure that none of that “bad stuff” happens, YOU and 320 Million other Americans have been mandated to stay “AT HOME” and in that process decimate the economy, shut down most commerce and, racking up 4T of Additional debt to go on the credit card.

      Wouldn’t things have been simpler if you just decided to wait a while to hug your grandmother. She probably would have been just fine with that.

      • Gary Boorhees says:

        You are speaking as if the debt matters in a modern society. You are subscribing to an old and proven to be incorrect monetary theory. It works-but it creates dramatic class warfare. Study some of the modern monetary theories that we largely operate on now with the federal government. We can literally have all the debt we want if we control inflation, which is simple as long as we control the currency. We should be sending 8-10trillion out for this crisis and from the ground up. Wiping out personal and educational/medical debts will solve this no problem .

  • James White says:

    I think the state has gone crazy, but I suppose the Governor has authority of State owned property, NOT PRIVATE PROPERTY.

  • Phil Lassiter says:

    At least we still have our good paying state jobs

  • Richard Owen says:

    I am allowed to walk, hike, bike in the parks, right?
    I understand protecting your staff, and discouraging group activities.
    But access for individuals to the parks should not occur.

    • MARLE says:

      By the Governors order you can WALK on a public pathway. But the dog park right next to it has been closed for a week by order of Mayor Cooper. The restrooms are also closed and bike rental racks empty. But the entrance gates to the Stone River walkway is open Then entire Trailhead park is under city authority. I’m citing this b/c of the overlap of City and State on this particular property.

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  • Jessica says:

    I don’t understand this closure. Sure, keep the picnic tables and playgrounds closed, but why keep Tennesseeans off the trails an pathways? We can safely socially distance from one another. We need outdoor space to keep sane! Please, Governor Lee, could this closure be reconsidered? Thank you!

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