Park restrooms, fountains to remain closed

Kevin PowellCity, Parks & Recreation

LAWRENCE – In an ongoing effort to protect the health and safety of the Lawrence community, Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department is postponing the opening of all park water fountains and restrooms due to surface sanitizing concerns amid the current situation of Coronavirus COVID-19.  The closures will be reevaluated on Friday, May 15.

The restrooms and shelters are closed during the winter months to avoid water freezing in pipes, as well as allowing for general maintenance to be performed on the facilities.

While parks remain open, the department urges caution and promotes general health guidelines when utilizing park and trail areas, including social distancing (remaining more than six feet of other persons at all times), not using parks and trails if feeling sick and washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds often.

For additional information on COVID-19 and the latest guidelines from Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health, visit their website: The City of Lawrence is sharing coronavirus-related City news on the City website:

For more information, please contact the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Administrative Office in South Park, at (785) 832-3450.