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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Missouri state parks will begin opening in a phased approach on Monday.

Carol Comer, director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and Missouri State Parks, said in a press conference on Wednesday that between May 4 and May 15, lodging, dining, marinas and retail stores will reopen. Some services will continue to be limited.

On May 11, Castlewood, Elephant Rock, Weston Bend and Watkins Woolen Mill state parks will reopen for day-use only. There will be limited parking and some trails could still be closed, according to Comer.

The off-road vehicle riding area in St. Joseph State Park will open on May 18 with a limited number of day permits available, which must be purchased in advance online.

Visitor centers, tours, programs, enclosed shelters and beaches will remain closed.

87 of the states parks and trails are already open for day use.

Comer said that overnight camping will be considered in the second phase of state park reopening plans. A date has not yet been set to resume camping at state parks.

More information can be found on the Missouri State Parks website.

We've created a Facebook group, We're Open Kansas City, where members of the community can post businesses serving their community.