Durham to take steps to curb crowds at popular park this weekend
Posted July 2, 2020 2:31 p.m. EDT
Durham, N.C. — Durham officials are urging residents to be cautious and not congregate during the upcoming July 4 weekend, especially at the city's popular West Point on the Eno Park.
The park is usually crowded with people and families on and around July 4 for the long-running Festival for the Eno. The event, which features live music, arts, crafts and play in the river, was moved online because of the ongoing pandemic.
Still, in a press release Thursday, the city's parks department said it was anticipating a higher volume of people visiting parks, especially West Point on the Eno, this weekend. And that's prompted officials to add more safety measures and monitoring at the park.
Here's what is planned, according to the press release: Staff will be on-site to control parking, traffic flow and direct patrons to access to the river. Limited parking is available with 112 designated parking spaces that do not impede traffic flow. Because of these limitations, staff will monitor and limit vehicular access to the park and once the parking capacity has been reached will close the entrance until additional parking becomes available.
No Parking Signs and boulders have been installed along the Park Loop to ensure that the road remains clear and passable to all park users and Emergency Service Vehicles should the need arise. In addition, patrons who are planning to come to the park to access the Eno River will no longer be able to unload your vehicle near the River or Mill Area.
If you're looking for ways to celebrate July 4 away from the crowd, check our earlier post.