Erie County parks closing disc golf courses in response to COVID-19

Posted at 3:01 PM, Mar 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-31 15:01:21-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry announced Tuesday is it closing disc golf courses at Chestnut Ridge, Emery, Ellicott Creek, and Como Lake Parks. The move is in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a press release issued by the department on Tuesday, signage will be installed at each disc golf course advising of the closing and baskets will be removed and stored until the courses are reopened.

“The crowds at disc golf courses in our parks have been increasing and it is difficult to maintain proper social distancing under these circumstances,” said Commissioner of Parks, Recreation and Forestry Troy P. Schinzel. “In addition to the large numbers of people on the course, all the players are touching the same baskets as they play through. Keeping people safe is our first priority and that’s why we will be closing the disc golf courses until further notice.”