City parks seeing an increase in people due to COVID-19 pandemic


DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — As of recently with the weather being nice amid the coronavirus pandemic, parks have seen an increase in the number of people.

“We’ve seen a vast increase of people on the trails. We have trails here, a large one at Forever Wild, trail at James Oates, trail at Eastgate, and one at Walton Park. You can go to the trails at any time of the day and you’ll see a lot of people there,” Assistant Director of Dothan Leisure Services Roy Kitts said.

As you may know, nearby gyms have been ordered to close in efforts to prevent the illness from spreading and it affects those who love to work out. However, those who are looking to stay active during an uncertain time, there is a variety of options. Just make sure you are at a distance.

“There are fields open at Doug Tew, at Wiregrass, Eastgate there’s a pond, dog park, archery range, all those are open for people to use. We have resource officers patrolling the areas to enforce social distancing rules” Kitts said.

Kitts says they recently closed the soccer fields at Westgate due to people not complying with the social distancing rules.

Although many gyms have closed all across the city, the difficult time is not stopping this one workout fanatic from his daily routine.

“Gyms are closed but I’m thankful I had this opportunity to come out on a day like this, get outside still I count that as a blessing to be able to do that. I’m in that age group can’t blink, so if I stay shutdown the whole virus time I’ll be a mess,” Mike Howell said.

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