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Duck Creek Quarry reopens Thursday: What you need to know

 Duck Creek Quarry. (WBAY Photo)
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Published: Jun. 9, 2020 at 10:17 PM CDT
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UPDATE: The Village of Howard says Duck Creek Quarry Park will open June 18 for Howard residents.

Everyone using the beach must wear a reusable wristband, which can be picked up at the Howard Village Hall. On Wednesday, the village announced that they had run out of wristbands for adults and were ordering more.

"To streamline the process, please do NOT come pick up just youth bands if you also will need adult-sized ones," reads a social media post by the village.

Each household can also get two additional wristbands for resident or non-resident guests.

Lost wristbands won't be replaced.

Beach hours are limited to 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

The remainder of the park and trail will be open for all visitors.

for more information.

Wristbands are now available at village hall for Howard residents use at the quarry. For more information, please click on this link: http://www.villageofhoward.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=242

Posted by Village of Howard on Tuesday, June 16, 2020

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ORIGINAL STORY: Action 2 News is learning how the Village of Howard plans to open Duck Creek Quarry Park.

The popular park remains closed and village leaders say it will stay that way, at least for some visitors.

“We felt it would be prudent to limit the visitors to just those who are Howard residents,” said Ed Janke, public safety director for the village.

The decision to restrict access to the quarry wasn't solely based on COVID-19 concerns, but concerns of overcrowding in general due to high water diminishing the beach.

“We can't have as many people as we have had in previous years using the park. It just caused so many problems. Some of our residents didn't want to use the park,” said Janke.

During a virtual village board meeting Monday, some trustees said they're against opening the park at all.

“I will say right upfront that I do not want it open,” said Trustee Cathy Hughes. “I came up this way, everybody is down there swimming, everything is closed, having it open is just asking for trouble again.”

Howard citizens will need to get a wristband from the village hall to access the quarry. They will be allowed one for each family member, and two extra to bring a guest. The wristbands are free.

The village plans to put up a fence to further restrict access and have staff monitor attendance during beach hours, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Other trustees wanted more specifics on how attendance will be tracked.

“I don't think we have a good sense of how we want to control people in there. I agree we would like to open this, we want to return to normalcy, but we're not there yet,” said Trustee, John Muraski at Monday's meeting.

Village staff anticipate opening the park by June 18.

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