City of Saginaw, Michigan

April 13, 2021 SAGINAW, MI – Out of an abundance of caution amid the recent surge
in COVID-19 cases, the City of Saginaw is closing Ojibway Island to vehicle traffic immediately. The park will remain open to pedestrians for recreation; however, the gate will be closed to vehicle access. Saginaw residents may continue to utilize Ojibway Island for walking, biking, jogging, fishing, and the many other recreational opportunities that are offered in the Park.

Ojibway Island has experienced large crowds since it was recently reopened to vehicular
traffic. With the uptick in COVID-19 cases, it is necessary at this time to take precautions to make sure citizens are following the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services guidelines for masking, social distancing, and limiting interactions between multiple households. The large groups gathering on Ojibway Island were not following MDHHS guidelines. Additionally, the City has received reports of disorderly conduct since the park was fully reopened.

The City intends to develop a plan to reopen the Island so that all residents can enjoy
the park. This is a temporary closure; however, at this point we do not have a timeline for when the park will fully reopen.

“We continue to see large groups of people gathering at Ojibway. Unfortunately, these
gatherings are becoming a health and safety issue. In the interest of the health and safety of our citizens, we have made an administrative decision to close Ojibway to vehicle access until further notice.” said Tim Morales, City Manager.

For the most up-to-date information, please visit the City of Saginaw website at www.saginaw-mi.com or follow the City of Saginaw on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cityofsaginawgovernment/