MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD) – The Mount Pleasant Town Council voted on Monday night to open all 35 of the town’s parks later this week.
Beginning Friday, all Mount Pleasant parks will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Social distancing measures will be enforced.
The council met virtually to evaluate the success of last week’s decision to open three parks, and to decide whether opening more parks would be feasible.
No issues of note were reported at the three parks initially opened, and councilmembers determined that social distancing measures were generally respected. The vote was passed 8-1, with Mayor Will Haynie casting the opposition vote.
Mayor Haynie said that he was unwilling to assume opening all 35 parks would go well, just based on the experiences of three parks over one weekend.
Council Member and Recreation Department Chair Gary Santos says it is important for the health of residents to start opening town parks.
“People have been held up in their houses for too long. They need to get out, they need to exercise, they need to get their children out exercising, they need to be able to walk their dogs and so we recognize that and so as a council we voted last night to do that overwhelmingly voted to do that,” said Santos.
Santos says this is phase two of four. Phase three will most likely begin in two weeks which would include opening playgrounds and picnic areas.
“As long as citizens do the social distancing and do what they’re supposed to be doing we can continue to open more and more,” said Santos.
Pitt Street Bridge will not open until the third phase since it’s close proximity makes it difficult to social distance.