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Prince George’s Goodsir Nature Park re-opens under strict COVID-19 guidelines

Indoor museums closed, patrons asked to leave a donation

An outdoor staple in Prince George has decided to re-open its doors on the first day of Spring after a brief closure.

Goodsir Nature Park, a year-round 160-acre botanical garden for tourists and residents alike, is now open, but under certain restrictions as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic spreading across the province, the country and around the world.

Founder and operator Jim Good decided to open the non-profit park as a way for people to still enjoy the outdoors during these unusual times.

An update reads, however, as Good is in his 70s, he is described as vulnerable to the spread and will have no contact with patrons or personal tours.

Other guidelines include the following:

  • Both indoor museums are closed; only outdoor park is open to the public
  • Leave a donation if you choose to visit the park
  • Jim relies on these small donations for his livelihood
  • Avoid touring the park in large groups as social distancing is highly recommended
  • Fresh air, exercise and nature ‘are of paramount importance right now’

Goodsir Nature Park celebrated its 30th anniversary last summer and Good also received a letter of recognition from Prince George city council for his dedication to the facility.

It’s located in the Salmon Valley off Highway 97 at 22825 Old Summit Lake Road North.