Cleveland Park will close in Greenville to help slow spread of coronavirus in city
The city of Greenville's largest park — Cleveland Park — will close Friday night as the city tries to keep people from congregating amid the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Crews put up signs Friday afternoon to signal the closure, which joins the closure of Falls Park as salient symbols of Greenville's efforts to promote social distancing absent the ability order a sweeping city shutdown.
"Greenville Police will close the gates after all guests depart tonight," city spokeswoman Beth Brotherton said in a statement. "The City of Greenville continues to send the message stay home, stay safe. The Swamp Rabbit Trail will be routed around Falls and Cleveland parks."
The closure will be indefinite as health officials monitor the virus, which today claimed its first life in Greenville County.
The Swamp Rabbit Trail has been closed only in the sections that go through Falls Park and Cleveland Park. Users are directed to take a detour route from the River Street underpass along Broad Street to Cleveland Street to McDaniel Avenue.
The trail likely won't be closed anytime soon in most other portions of the county.
The city's other parks remain open, though there are restrictions on use of playground equipment and sports courts.