Our friends at Terrain Magazine recently posted this very timely article. We are thankful for their reminder that even with recent Stay-At-Home orders the outdoors is still open.
COVID-19’s Impact on the St. Louis Area Outdoors
A lot of us have been hit hard by the COVID-19 virus. Restaurants, gyms, and storefronts are limiting hours and services. Schools are taking extended breaks. Events are cancelling at a staggering pace — including our own Gateway Outdoor Expo + Summit on March 27-28. It seems like the walls are closing in, figuratively and literally.
There’s never been a better time to reconnect with the outdoors. Even with area state parks systems closing or cancelling park-hosted events and programs (see below), you can still go outside and exercise. Jog around the neighborhood, take your kids birding, try your first mountain bike ride, or grab a buddy and go for a canoe paddle.
Being physically active supports your immune system, reduces your risk of chronic illness, and improves your mental health. These are facts we’ve long endorsed at Terrain Magazine, and we’ll be doing our best in the days ahead to keep you up to date on news and options to take advantage of these benefits.
Keep reading for park and recreational facility openings and closings, as well as for updates from our outdoor community partners and friends, who are being impacted heavily and could use your support. This is an evolving document, and we will update it as things change, so check back any time you need a dose of the outdoors!
Parks and recreational facilities that are open:
Arkansas State Parks – Open, with some limiting of access and services; closing welcome centers and heritage museums are closed
Go Ape – Open to the public, with nine-person capacity limits in place
Missouri State Parks – Open, but all park and historic site programs and events have been postponed or canceled through April 30
Shawnee National Forest – Open, including campgrounds, trails, developed recreation sites, general forest areas, and picnic sites
St. Charles County Parks – Open, but all park programs and events have been postponed or canceled through April 3
St. Louis County Parks – Open, but all indoor facilities, programs, activities, events, and rentals are canceled through April 5
World Bird Sanctuary – Open, but certain special events and programming has been postponed
Parks and recreational facilities that are closed:
Climb So iLL – Has announced temporarily closure the Power Plant until further notice
CycleBar Chesterfield – Closed, with a reopen date currently planned for April 1
Endangered Wolf Center – Closed to the public until further notice; all public and private events, as well as educational programs, are postponed
Illinois State Parks and Wildlife Areas – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources announced the closure of all state parks, fish and wildlife areas, recreational areas, and historic sites
Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism – Certain facilities and nature centers have been closed or had their programs temporarily suspended
Missouri Botanical Garden – All Garden-owned locations, including the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House and Shaw Nature Reserve, are closed until April 3
Oklahoma State Parks – Lodges, nature centers, group camps/dining halls, and community buildings are closed to future visits through April 15
Ramp Riders – Closed to the public until further notice
St. Louis Zoo – Closed to the public until further notice; all public and private events as well as educational programs are canceled through April 3
Upper Limits – Effective March 17, all Upper Limits locations (including The Boardroom) will close their doors with hopes to re-open April 1
Events that have been canceled or postponed:
Gateway Off-Road Cyclists (GORC) – Canceled its trail build and group event on March 18 , March 21, March 22, March 28, April 4, April 5, and April 7
Gateway Outdoor Expo + Summit – Canceled its original dates of March 27-28 and looking at alternate dates
Indian Camp Creek Challenge – Race has been postponed to August 22-23
Ozark Trail Association – Has postponed all upcoming events through April 30
St. Louis Earth Day Festival – Canceled its original dates and hosting a Virtual Earth Day Festival on April 18-26; looking to reschedule
United Federation of Dirt (UFD) – UFD East XC Series will NOT have any events in April or May; at this time, all races in June and later months are scheduled to take place
Updates from community partners and friends:
Alpine Shop – Most locations are open but operating on shortened hours (the Chesterfield location is temporarily closed until further notice); all in-store clinics are canceled through May 10; also offering curbside service for customers; use code “AlpineFamily” for 20% products online or in store
Bicycle World – Temporarily closed until further notice
Big River Running – Offering free same-day delivery as well as curbside pick-up and shipping of products
Big Shark Bicycle Company – Offering curbside pickup/drop-off for bike service, home delivery and collection for service, and in
Bike Stop Café – Open, with breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as on-site bike service, repair and rental; curbside pickup and delivery are available
Bike Surgeon – Store is open, but for the foreseeable future all “group rides” have been suspended; is publishing “Social Distance” ride routes that they encourage you to do
Billy Goat Bicycle Company – Open, but cancelling its group activities and rides
Cursed Bikes & Coffee – Open, offering curbside drop-off and pickup for bike repairs and service.
Fleet Feet – Stores remain open, with our in-store experiences following recommended social distancing and cleanliness guidelines; also offering contactless curbside pickup
Granada Cyclery – Open offering curbside drop-off and pickup for bike repairs and service.
Mike’s Bikes STL – Operating under shortened hours and offering curbside drop-off and/or pickup for bike service
Mountain Bike Shed – Open by appointment only
New Balance St. Louis – Showroom is closed to the public; open for business via phone and email
Pedego St. Louis – Temporarily limiting store hours and will not be renting bikes during this period
REI St. Louis – Closed through at least March 27, including the cancellation or postponement of all in-store classes and clinics
Revolution Cycles – Open, offering curbside drop-off and pickup for bike repairs and service.
Running Niche – Closed for in-store shopping; available 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday to take and ship orders via phone, email, or online (will ship same day via USPS at no charge)
RunWell – Closed for in-store shopping but offering curbside pickup or delivery of online purchases; also offering personal shopping appointments
Swim Bike Run Chesterfield – Maintaining minimum basic operations; offering contactless curbside service and bike pick-ups and dropoffs
The Hub Bicycle Company – Open, offering curbside drop-off and pickup for bike repairs and service.
The Touring Cyclist – Operating under shortened hours and offering curbside drop-off and/or pickup for bike service; additionally, will not be excepting cash
Trailhead Bicycles – Operating at regular hours and also offering pickup/drop-off services, appointments for repairs, and the scheduling of bike purchases
Read the original article and more at Terrain Magazine. https://terrain-mag.com/covid-19-impact-st-louis-outdoors/