It’s a great time to be on campus! Warm weather is finally here, and Spring Break is quickly approaching. This brings new opportunities to gather together and enjoy the outdoors with friends and family. However, we must remember that COVID-19 is a stern reality in our lives, and precautions must still be taken even outside.
If you want to go outdoors, the Mayo Clinic has provided a list of fun and low-risk activities that you could enjoy! These include running, sledding, kayaking, and (my personal favorite) golfing! Mayo also notes that, if done with sufficient social distancing, a picnic outdoors with a couple of your friends is safe and fun too! You can read the whole list on the Mayo Clinic webpage.
The key to successful and safe outdoor gatherings during COVID-19 is all about finding the right space. Having a spot that is functional, yet big enough to spread out safely with those around you! On-campus, these spaces include:
- The Quad
- NPHC Plots
- Around the Fountain
- Behind Plaster Student Union
- North Mall
- Blair-Shannon lawn
- And many, many more!
I get it though, you want to get off campus and really relax! There are many great parks and outdoor spaces around Springfield as well! These include:
- Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park
- Jordan Valley Park
- Fassnight Park
- Fellows Lake
- Sequiota Park
That just scratches the surface of all the great outdoor spaces in the Springfield area. For a complete list, check out the Springfield Park Board webpage.
We encourage you to get out and enjoy the weather, especially as classes continue to be in full swing. Being outdoors could be a great stress reliever! We also want you to continue to be mindful of how to limit the spread of COVID-19, and continue to make our community safe!
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