Facility to be used as shelter for COVID Frontliners.
On 4/23/ N3 received this info from Nick Smith Newaygo County Parks and Recreation Director:
The Newaygo County Parks and Recreation Commission has been working in conjunction with our Local Health Officials and Emergency Services Department on a contingency plan to help ensure the safety of Front-Line workers and, ultimately, their families. As many of you know, First Responders and Healthcare Workers who work on the front lines are exposed to this virus daily. For this reason, some of these individuals cannot go home, as doing so may put their families and loved ones at risk of contracting the Coronavirus. Newaygo County Parks has several campground facilities that could provide housing for these front-line workers until they can safely return home to their families.
To assist in this mission, White Cloud County Park was strategically selected as an optimal location and may be used for this Non-Congregant Sheltering mission in conjunction with Newaygo County Emergency Services. We regret to inform the community and our customers that, at this time, we will not be opening White Cloud County Park to the public as scheduled and until further notice. We may open later in the summer if the Coronavirus pandemic subsidies and demand for camping is significant. We understand this is disappointing news for some of our campers, but ultimately it is for the safety and health of our front-line workers and the community.
All Campers with reservations impacted by this decision are be contacted by our office and offered alternative camping options, including the option of a full refund. Currently, all camping reservations before July 1 and facility reservations before June 1 are being canceled or rescheduled. All other campers with reservations at White Could Park may call at any time and receive a full refund for any 2020 reservation.
We know our campers understand the importance of this decision, and we thank them for their patience and understanding during these unprecedented times. If you have any additional questions, please contact the Newaygo County Parks Office at 231.689.7340.