Town of Greenwich Releases Protocols, Maps for Park & Marina Openings


By Richard Kaufman
Sentinel Reporter

The Town of Greenwich and the Office of the First Selectman on Monday released protocols and maps for the reopening of several parks and the town’s marinas this week.

With the restricted openings of Byram and Greenwich Point parks, and the marinas on Thursday, May 7, visitors must wear masks at all times, refrain from congregating including picnicking or playing of sports. If social distancing protocols are not followed, access to those facilities will be reduced or closed.

First Selectman Fred Camillo said he’s confident that residents will continue to follow guidelines as the weather warms up.

“There’s a chance that a few may ruin it for all, but we’re doing our best to make sure that doesn’t happen. We will monitor and make sure people are doing the right thing. We’ll assess and reassess on a daily basis. I’m proud of what the town has done so far,” he said, noting that he visited the park behind Town Hall over the weekend and noticed people complying.

Diane Kelly, Chief Operating Officer at Greenwich Hospital, said that while the hospital watches its discharges increase and the number of positive cases slow, there still needs to be a surge plan if the easing of restrictions causes a spike in infections.

“I’m cautious [about easing restrictions]. I can’t say I’m overly concerned, but I’m very hopeful that people will continue to do the good job they’ve been doing with social distancing. A lot more people are wearing masks, so that’s moving in the right direction. We’re all going to watch this cautiously,” she said.

In order to access Greenwich Point and Byram Park, visitors must have a 2019 or a 2020 Greenwich park pass, a state-issued ID or a driver’s license that show a Greenwich address. Marina access will be limited to those with a 2019 or 2020 marina facility use permit.

The last entry to all parks and marinas will be an hour before the posted closing time. At this time, none of the restrooms will be open at any facility.

Over the weekend, Camillo reposted a photo on Facebook from the Greenwich Police Department showing littering at Bruce Park. As people begin to head out to the parks and marinas, he stressed the importance of throwing out trash.

“Whatever you bring into the parks, you bring out with you. If you don’t see a garbage can, that’s no excuse to throw garbage on the ground,” Camillo said. “I expect more from people… We’re not going to tolerate it. If we have to step up enforcement and start handing out citations, then we will. There’s no excuse for throwing garbage on the ground.”

Maps, protocols and guidelines can be found below:

Cos Cob Park map (photo from Town of Greenwich)

Cos Cob Park Re-Opening on Monday, May 4
Open Daily: 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Last entry 2 p.m.

  • Social Distancing of at least six feet must be maintained at all times when on the property, including in the parking lot (train station). Only handicapped parking (with permit) by entrance gate, all others must park in the train station lot.
  • Everyone must have a face covering at all times, including upon entry into the park.
  • You must immediately leave the property after your visit and not congregate in the parking lot
  • The pavilions, benches, playgrounds and fields will remain closed.
  • The max capacity is 200 people. To avoid overcrowding and to allow others to enjoy the park, please limit your visit to 1 hour or less.
  • The town requests that parkers walk in a clockwise direction starting at the entrance. Please follow arrows.
  • The Greenwich Police Department and park monitors will be monitoring for rule compliance.

Map of Byram Park. (photo from Town of Greenwich)

Byram Park Reopening on Thursday, May 7
Open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Last entry 4 p.m.
No dogs as of April 1

  • Social Distancing of at least six feet must be maintained at all times when on the property including in the parking lot. You must immediately leave the property after your visit and not congregate in the parking lot.
  • Everyone must have a face covering at all times including upon entry into the park.
  • Drivers, bikers, walkers, joggers and boaters must show their 2019/2020 park pass OR drivers license/state issued ID with Greenwich Address. Single entry and parking passes will not be sold until further notice.
  • Vehicles must park in the designated parking spaces. For the purpose of walking,  follow the arrows in a clockwise direction.
  • NO chairs, cookouts, picnics, swimming or sun bathing. The beach area, pool, playgrounds, pavilions, tennis courts and fields will REMAIN CLOSED.
  • Trash: carry in, carry out.
  • The max capacity will be 150 vehicles. To avoid overcrowding and to allow others to enjoy the park, limit your visit to one hour or less.
  • The Greenwich Police Department and park monitors will be monitoring for rule compliance.

Greenwich Point Park map. (photo from town of Greenwich)

Greenwich Point Park Reopening on Thursday, May 7
Open daily from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Last entry at 4 p.m.
No dogs as of April 1

  • Social Distancing of at least six feet must be maintained at all times when on the property including in the parking lot. You must immediately leave the property after your visit and not congregate in the parking lot.
  • Everyone must have a face covering at all times including upon entry into the park.
  • Drivers, bikers, walkers, and joggers must show their 2019/2020 park pass OR drivers license/state issued ID with Greenwich Address. Single entry and parking passes will not be sold until further notice.
  • Vehicles must park in the front parking lots. The town will use the traffic restricted model, and request that parkgoers walk in a counterclockwise direction starting at the main road. Follow the arrows.
  • NO chairs, cookouts, picnics, swimming or sunbathing.
  • Trash: carry in, carry out.
  • The concessions, Innis Arden Cottage, OGYC will REMAIN CLOSED. Church services have been suspended until further notice.
  • The max capacity will be 500 vehicles. To avoid overcrowding and to allow others to enjoy the park, limit your visit to one hour or less.
  • The Greenwich Police Department and park monitors will be monitoring for rule compliance.

Byram Shore, Cos Cob, Grass Island & Greenwich Point Marina Reopening, effective Thursday, May 7. Open daily from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Boat docks, Launching Ramps and storage areas open. Restrooms closed.

  • Social Distancing of at least six feet must be maintained at all times when on the property including when on your vessel.
  • Everyone must have a face covering at all times while on the property and while accessing your vessel.
  • You must immediately leave the property by 5 p.m. DO NOT congregate in the parking lot.
  • Residents must provide their 2019 or 2020 Marina Facility Use Permit in order to gain access to the facility. If you do not provide this proof, you will not be allowed access.
  • Permitted marina vendors will also be allowed on property to perform work on the vessels during these hours.
  • The Byram Shore Boat Club, Greenwich Boat and Yacht Club, Mianus River Boat and Yacht Club, and Old Greenwich Yacht Club members will have dock use ONLY. Clubhouses and patios REMAIN CLOSED.
About Author: Richard Kaufman

Richard Kaufman, general assignment reporter at the Sentinel, graduated from Springfield College in Springfield, Mass., in 2011 with a degree in journalism/communications. Having grown up in nearby Westchester County, Richard is familiar with the area and everything it has to offer. To get in contact with Richard, you can email him at richard@greenwichsentinel.com

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