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National Park Service News Release
Release: For Immediate Release
Contact: Marjorie Thomas, firstname.lastname@example.org, 770-427-4686 x 231
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park is beginning to increase recreational access to park grounds
Kennesaw, GA – Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park is increasing recreational access. The National Park Service (NPS) is working servicewide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.
Beginning Monday, May 11, 2020, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park will reopen access to:
- All park trails
- The overflow parking lot, visitor center parking lot, Burnt Hickory road parking lot, Gilbert road parking area, Cheatham Hill drive, and Cheatham Hill road parking.
- In addition, entry fees are waived.
With public health in mind, the following facilities remain closed at this time:
- Parking areas not listed above as open: These include the mountain top parking lot and horse trailer parking lot.
- Restroom facilities
- Visitor Center
The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners continues to be paramount. At Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, our operational approach will be to examine each facility function and service provided to ensure those operations comply with current public health guidance, and will be regularly monitored. We continue to work closely with the NPS Office of Public Health using CDC guidance to ensure public and workspaces are safe and clean for visitors, employees, partners, and volunteers.
While these areas are accessible for visitors to enjoy, a return to full operations will continue to be phased and services may be limited. When recreating, the public should follow local area health orders, practice Leave No Trace principles, avoid crowding and avoid high-risk outdoor activities.
The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19 and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health.
Details and updates on park operations will continue to be posted on our website nps.gov/chat and social media channels. Updates about NPS operations will be posted on www.nps.gov/coronavirus.
Last updated: May 10, 2020