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On Wednesday, April 29 at 9 a.m., the City of Inverness will reopen the gates to Whispering Pines park on a limited basis. The heavily wooded park welcomes runners, walkers, and cyclists to enjoy limited sections of the park. The City is offering only those recreational activities which allow people to follow the CDC guidelines. Federal and state social distancing/gathering guidelines remain in place. Groups of more than 10 will not be permitted, and social distancing of six feet is necessary to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Citrus County’s largest park is an oasis for lovers of the great outdoors with trails and paved roads throughout 290 acres of forest allowing for hiking, jogging, walking and cycling. The reopening of the park offers a unique, refreshing breath of fresh air, an opportunity for exercise, and an overall sense well being. All other park amenities will remain closed. This includes all baseball and softball fields, playground, picnic areas, pavilion, pool, splash pad, disc golf courses, basketball, tennis, pickleball and racquetball courts. No picnicking is allowed. The park is open exclusively for walking, running, cycling and hiking activities.
Admission is free and the park will be open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. All visitors and vehicles must leave the park by 5 p.m. The entrance to the park is through the main gate which is located at 1700 Forest Drive. Parking is available at the baseball complex parking. All other park streets will not be accessible for vehicular access. Once parking has reached capacity, the front gate will close until parking vacancies are available.
There are two restrooms available which will be cleaned and sanitized during operating hours. Restrooms are located at the park entrance, and at the ball field complex
The city urges you to take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy nature at its best. It also reminds everyone, that it’s critically important that CDC guidelines for COVID-19 are followed by all visitors to the park in order to ensure safety for all.
For more info:
Phone: 352-726-3913 or 352-726-1995