March 31, 2020

A message on outdoor activities from UW Recreation

North campus W in the sunshine with fall colorEngaging in recreation by getting outdoors and exploring our natural landscape is a vital part of the human experience. However, at this time UW Recreation asks you to keep recreational activities conservative and within compliance of state and local restrictions. This means avoiding parks and recreational areas that are closed.

This will minimize the burden on our already strained medical system, which is being depleted of vital resources used in caring for those impacted by COVID-19. It also prevents possible outdoor rescue scenarios from occurring, will help to keep you safe, aids in keeping the disease from spreading, protects our natural spaces, and it keeps you within the law.

You can find up-to-date information on closures around the area at the following websites:

For ideas on alternatives to help maintain social distancing, please check out our virtual recreation page, which is being updated regularly:

We ask you to please be mindful of your own personal safety and minimize any unnecessary risks and continue to encourage you to pursue an active and healthy lifestyle, especially during these stressful times.