The Town of Middletown today announced that on Saturday, May 9 they will open the parking lots of the following parks which had been closed due to the he COVID-19 public health crisis.

According to the town, the following parking areas are open to the public: 

● Albro Woods 

● Demery Park 

● Middletown Public Library 

● Valley Park 

● War Memorial Field at Berkeley Peckham School 

● West Main Road Recreation Center 

● Wyatt Road Soccer Fields 

In addition, the parking lots of Middletown Public Schools will also be opened to the public, but the playground equipment is still restricted from public use. These schools include Aquidneck Elementary School, Forest Avenue Elementary School, Gaudet Middle School, Middletown High School, and Oliphant School. 

Until further notice, the town says parking lots of the following Middletown parks and beaches will remain closed: 

● Second Beach (Main Lot, Surfer’s End) 

● Third Beach (Boat Ramp, Town Beach) 

● Dunlap-Wheeler Park 

● Howland Park 

● Linden Park 

● Paradise Park 

● Pebble Beach 

● Taggarts Ferry Landing 

Restricting public access to these properties is necessary in order to protect public health and safety at this critical time. All residents are advised to adhere to strict social distancing and to avoid any gathering in groups greater than five. These precautions are essential to slowing the spread of the COVID-19 virus and will be most effective with the cooperation of every member of our town in abiding by these restrictions. 

The Middletown Police Department will be actively monitoring the beaches, parks and the parking areas and enforcing these parking restrictions, as well as addressing any crowds or large numbers of people in public spaces. Middletown encourages all residents to continue to be active and get out for walks or bicycle rides, but to do so close to their own homes.