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Arboretum reopens on trails-only basis with admission limits
Monday, 18 May 2020 22:06

From Staff Reports

The North Carolina Arboretum, a 434-acre public garden located in Asheville, reopened its trails on May 9.

The action was taken in conjunction with the North Carolina’s lifting of its stay-at-home orders and phased reopening plan.

Similar to Gov. Roy Cooper’s reopening plans, the Arboretum will be opening its campus in several phases, beginning with trails only, an Arboretum presss release noted.

 Under Phase 1, which began May 9, the Arboretum is limiting the number of cars on-site in compliance with the governor’s 50 percent capacity order to ensure that social distancing protocols can be managed. “Please be aware that if you arrive to the Arboretum and our capacity is full, you will have to wait until space opens up or come back at another time,” the press release stated..

The Arboretum will continue to operate under its traditional fall/winter property hours schedule, with the property closing at 7 p.m. and the incoming gate closing one hour earlier at 6 p.m. Only credit cards will be accepted for parking fee payment at the gatehouse.

Both buildings and the Bonsai Exhibition Garden will remain closed. Several portable restrooms will be available on campus for use, the press release noted.

Parking will only be available at two locations: the Recreation Parking Lot located near the Gatehouse and the parking lot located near the Production Greenhouse. Campus Police will direct any overflow parking along Greenhouse Way. The main parking area is under heavy construction and will be inaccessible during this first phase of trail access.

“Guests are encouraged to use the trail system only at this time; garden access may be restricted in certain places and accessible only by trails,” the release noted. “One-way routes will also be employed in designated areas to minimize contact with others and control social distancing.”



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