After a two-month delay due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Windmill Island Gardens will be opening on Monday, June 15. While staff will be welcoming guests, there will be changes in the park’s attractions, activities, admission prices, and operations.
After being shuttered for the blooming of thousands of tulips in April and May, a limited staff has continued to prepare the park for opening. Summer flowers, sounds from the Amsterdam street organ, and Dutch treats from the gift shop will greet guests. However, in lieu of a tour of the windmill’s interior, visitors will experience a filmed virtual tour of the mill featuring the park’s miller.
The antique children’s carousel will also be off-limits for the time-being. With the limitations, admission price is being temporarily reduced to $5 with visitors 8 and under admitted for free.
Despite the changes, Development Manager Matt Helmus says that staff is excited to greet visitors for the first time in 2020. “We’re a great spot to bring the family to get outside and enjoy wonderful gardens and Dutch attractions,” says Helmus. He notes that while visitors are unable to enter the windmill at this time, they can still get their picture taken with the regional icon and enjoy the rest of the park’s offerings spread throughout 36 acres.
Upon reopening, the park is instituting a thorough cleaning regimen to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for guests. Masks will be required to enter buildings so visitors are asked to come prepared.
Popular programs like the tulip dig and annual art contest are postponed with staff hoping to bring them back as conditions allow. Weddings and events on the Island are also delayed and will resume when restrictions are lifted.
After opening, the park will be open seven days a week from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. with last entry tickets sold at 5 p.m. Visitors can monitor the park’s website at windmillisland.org for updates.
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