What's next for the Viera Wetlands?


The Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands, which has been closed since early April, plans to re-open soon.

Adam Palumbo

The Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands, closed since early April due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is set to re-open in the near future. 

“I hope that within something of the order of 10 days or so we should re-open,” said Raleigh Berry, a senior environmental scientist with Brevard County Natural Resources Management on June 23.

The Ritch Grissom Wetlands, also known as The Viera Wetlands, and located just off Wickham Road at 3658 Charlie Corbeil Way in Viera, encompasses 200 acres and is visited by more than 200,000 people each year. 

The wetlands consist of shallow man-made marshes and a deep lake. It has earthen berms that allow pedestrians, vehicles and bicycles access throughout the site.

Berry said the park has an employee staff that is almost all retirees, and noted “that was the principal deciding factor” as to why it has remained closed.

Berry said he’s in the process of hiring employees “who will clean and sanitize surfaces” at the park.

“Once we have that, we will re-open on a daily basis,” Berry said.

He also said that social distancing will be suggested.

Berry also anticipates adjusting the closing schedule for the wetlands to where the park will close each day at 6 p.m.