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6/26/15 - Connect Summer Photo Contest
6/25/15 - Summer Web Updates
6/19/15 - Now Accepting Controlled Hunting Applications
6/19/15 - 2015 Caveman Crawl 5K Trail Run: It Happened!
6/11/15 - Other Events Happening in Your Parks
6/11/15 - Proposed Bylaw Revisions
6/8/15 - Headwaters Park Under Construction
6/8/15 - 2015 Nature Writing Contest Winners
5/26/15 - Registration Open: Summer Camps
5/11/15 - Flea Market Application
4/27/15 - Live Birdcam!
4/13/15 - Get Active with Geauga W.O.R.K. Out
3/20/15 - Boulder Beauty Contest
3/20/15 - Free Milkweed Giveaways This Spring
3/9/15 - Delays May Affect Entry to Eldon Russell Park
12/30/14 - Upcoming Park Closures
12/23/14 - Return to the Ice Age Exhibit
12/10/14 - Horseback Riding Trails
11/10/14 - Q: What's New with The Maple Highlands Trail?
9/30/14 - Public Internet Access
7/28/14 - Play Ball! and Other Fun Activities in Your Parks
2/16/12 - White-nose Syndrome Found at The West Woods
1/28/11 - Social Media and Our Voices of Nature eNewsletter

 

 

 

Update: June 26, 2015

Connect Summer Photo Contest

Congratulations to our Connect Winter Photo Contest winners: in first place Steve E. Zavoda III, top, taken at The Rookery, and and in second place Kim Greve Tomba, bottom, taken at The West Woods!

Want to enter the Connect Summer Photo Contest?
Here's everything you need to know:

Entries:
Your pictures taken in Geauga Park District that feature Nighttime, Art and Geauga — and yes, selfies are welcome.

How to Win: Post your photos to our Facebook page, Twitter or Instagram using #gpdsummer. Submissions will be added to our Facebook page September 30, and the two that receive the most "likes" by the last day of the month win!

Prize: First place gets framed and acknowledged by the Park Board; first and second place photographers each win a pint of real maple syrup, plus lots of attention on our
social media!

Contest Rules:

  • All submissions may be used for Geauga Park District promotions given proper photo credit, and may even be featured in our 2016 desktop CD case calendar!
  • Submissions must include #gpdspring, name of photographer and name of park where they were taken to be considered.
  • Geauga Park District retains the sole discretion over the selection of, and decision not to select, any particular entry as the winner.
  • Submitted photos must be your own work and you must own the rights to distribute the image; you will retain ownership and all other rights to your image.
  • You must have the consent of those whose faces are visible.
  • By entering the contest, you agree to these rules and to indemnify and hold harmless Geauga Park District from any issues, losses or actions emanating from or in relation to this photo contest. This would include any losses or issues related to third-party claims or copyright infringement or violations of personal privacy.

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Update: June 25, 2015

Summer Web Updates

Summer is here! And so are our summer web updates...

Connect Summer Photo Contest: How would you like a free pint of real maple syrup, plus attention on our social media? We’re looking for pictures that feature Nighttime, Art and Geauga taken by YOU in Geauga Park District — and yes, selfies are welcome! Post your pictures to our Facebook page, Twitter or Instagram including the hashtag #gpdsummer in the description. Submissions will be added to our Facebook page September 30, and the two that receive the most “likes” by the last day of the month win! Click here for more contest details.

Summer Geocache

Summer Voices of Nature Newsletter

Summer Chit Chat Volunteer Newsletter

Summer Printable Three-Month Calendar

Summer Naturalist Video — coming soon!

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Update: June 19, 2015

Now Accepting Controlled Hunting Applications

Click here for details on this year's controlled hunting program, for adults and youth, and applications.

Park closures for this year's program will be Observatory Park on November 21 and 22, November 30 through December 6, and January 2 through 5, as well as Big Creek Park on December 26. Park entrances will be staffed by a ranger. We appreciate your cooperation with these closures for everyone's safety - thank you.

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Update: June 19, 2015

2015 Caveman Crawl 5K Trail Run: It Happened!

Thank you to the 309 runners and walkers who made the 5th annual Caveman Crawl 5K Trail Run a success! It raised more than $8,200 for the Chip Henry Institute for Outdoor Adventure, funding the popular summer camps and other youth programming.

RESULTS & FINISH LINE VIDEO from 2015Photos from 2015
Do you see an issue with the results? Email us so we can try to sort it out!

Photos from 2014Photos from 2013Video Memory Book from 2013
Video Montage from 2013Photos from 2012Photos from 2011Course Map

Now mark your calendars for Sunday, June 12, 2016, for the 6th annual event, and watch our Special Events page in 2016 for details!

Special thanks again to the following 2015 sponsors:



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Update: June 11, 2015

Other Events Happening in Your Parks

Did you know outside organizations sometimes schedule events and fundraisers in your parks? Here are a few coming up!

Relay for Life's Race for a Cure 5K Race & 1 Mile Walk
Saturday, June 13, at Mountain Run Station
Click here for registration details
Benefitting the American Cancer Society

Bras for a Cause 5K Run/Walk
Saturday, June 20, at Mountain Run Station
Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., race starts at 9 a.m.
Race produced by the Seidman Cancer Center at UH Geauga Medical Center
Benefitting the UH Geauga Hospital Auxiliary - Bras for a Cause Fund

Geauga County Ohio Horseman's Council Flea Market
Saturday, July 11, 9 AM-3 PM, at The West Woods
Click here if you'd like to sell your antiques, collectibles, household/garage sale items, crafts and other miscellany. Your application will be a non-refundable donation to the Geauga Park District Bridle Trail Fund...thank you! And if you don't want to sell, why, simply attend!

Twilight Trails 5K Run & 1 Mile Walk
Saturday, July 18, at Mountain Run Station
Check-in at 5:30 p.m., race at 6 p.m., awards/picnic at 7 p.m.
Click here for registration details
Benefitting Empower Sports, a nonprofit that serves kids and adults with special needs through sports and exercise

To explore the possibility of hosting your event in a park, click here for special use permit documents.

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Update: June 11, 2015

Proposed Bylaw Revisions

Click here for those updated bylaw revisions proposed at the June meeting of the Board of Park Commissioners.

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Update: June 8, 2015

Headwaters Park: Under Construction

Did you know that improvements are underway at Headwaters Park that include renovations to the existing boathouse, converting it into a shelter and picnic area for use throughout the year, and installation of a new restroom and additional camping areas? Keep an eye on our Planning Department's webpage for updates and pictures. Also, please note that construction will close the area around the boathouse to the public; however, the boat launch area will be accessible throughout the summer and will not be impacted by construction. Thanks in advance for your patience as we work on these exciting improvements!

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Update: June 8, 2015

2015 Nature Writing Contest Winners

Today is the day! Visit our Arts in Nature webpage for a complete list of the 2015 Nature Writing Contest Winners, with their winning works soon to follow.

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Update: May 26, 2015

Registration Open: Summer Camps

Click here for details on Summer Adventure Camps (for youth entering grades 5-10), then register your campers ASAP at 440-286-9516. Note: Space is limited. Scholarship opportunities available.

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Update: May 11, 2015

Flea Market Application

Click here if you'd like to sell your antiques, collectibles, household/garage sale items, crafts and other miscellany during the Geauga County Ohio Horseman's Council Flea Market on Saturday, July 11, from 9 AM to 3 PM at The West Woods Nature Center. Your application will be a non-refundable donation to the Geauga Park District Bridle Trail Fund...thank you!

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Update: April 27, 2015

Live Birdcam!

A bluebird box just outside Big Creek Park’s Donald W. Meyer Center, outfitted with a live webcam, is the new home of a nesting pair of Black-capped Chickadees! Visit the nest day or night, and follow a daily blog as Research Assistant Tami Gingrich reports on the activities occurring within, at http://bit.ly/gpdbluebird.

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Update: April 13, 2015

Get Active with Geauga W.O.R.K. Out

Geauga County Public Library's Geauga W.O.R.K. Out program begins May 1, and Geauga Park District is a proud partner!

Broken into four categories ‐ Walk, Observe, Read and Know ‐ this challenge will engage your mental and physical health. Complete your log (with some activities in your parks) before September 11 to earn a reward and be entered into a drawing for one of the following four prizes:
1. Fitbit Flex
2. Walking Sticks & “Best Hikes Near Cleveland” book
3. Yoga Mat & Yoga DVD
4. $25 Sporting Goods Gift Card

Geauga W.O.R.K. Out is open to anyone 12 years old and up. Sign up at any Geauga County Public Library branch and receive your starter kit and challenge log. Enjoy!

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Update: March 20, 2015

Boulder Beauty Contest

Don't be shy — enter our Boulder Beauty Contest, the culmination of Glacial Glee with Ice Age Gee-ology on Sunday, June 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. at The West Woods Nature Center!

Click here for details, FAQ and an entry form for your most beautiful cobbles (up to 3 per entrant).

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Update: March 20, 2015

Free Milkweed Giveaways This Spring

In an effort to bolster the imperiled Monarch Butterfly population, Geauga Park District will once again be propagating native milkweed. Stop by during the following date to pick up your free plant! Questions? Contact Tami Gingrich at tgingrich@geaugaparkdistrict.org.

June 21, Father’s Day Giveaway — Noon-3 PM, The West Woods, Nature Center

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Update: March 9, 2015

Delays May Affect Entry to Eldon Russell Park

As you plan your trip to Eldon Russell Park this summer, please note that a 5.56-mile stretch of Rapids Road, from state Route 422 to the Burton Village line, will be resurfaced this summer. This construction will end at its northernmost point right where you enter the park. Traffic will be maintained for 30 to 45 days, but no closures are expected, according to the Geauga County Engineer's Office. Please be careful as you travel.

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Update: December 30, 2014

Upcoming Park Closures

There are no currently scheduled park closures. Unscheduled closures are always posted on WKYC and WEWS in Cleveland.

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Update: December 23, 2014

Return to the Ice Age Exhibit

Check out our Special Events page for details about the new Return to the Ice Age exhibit component, open now through 2015 at The West Woods Nature Center.

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Update: December 10, 2014

Horseback Riding Trails

Did you know horseback riding trails can be found at eight Geauga Park District locations? Click here for trails lists, which include notation for those trails that do not allow bicycles. (This link can always be found above under Things to Do.)

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Update: November 10, 2014

Q: What's New with The Maple Highlands Trail?

A: The new south section of The Maple Highlands Trail is now open! Click here for a map that includes details about the new section (extending below Headwaters Park), and stay tuned to this page for an announcement, coming very soon now, of the opening of the new north section (the part that looks like a bent arm above Chardon).

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Update: September 30, 2014

Public Internet Access

Public internet access is now available at Observatory Park, The West Woods Nature Center and Big Creek Park's Meyer Center with the SSID (name) gpPUBLIC and the password GCpublic.

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Update: July 28, 2014

Play Ball! and Other Fun Activities in Your Parks

New baseball backstops are now installed, along with other activity opportunities, just in time for the holiday weekend. Enjoy! (And don't forget to share.)

Bass Lake Preserve — fishing pier, sand volleyball, horseshoe pits, bocce ball court, tetherball

Beartown Lakes Reservation — horseshoe pits, bocce ball court, tetherball

Big Creek Park — soccer goal, tetherball, activity field backstop, sand volleyball

Chickagami Park — soccer goal, horseshoe pits, tetherball, activity field backstop

Frohring Meadows — tetherball

Orchard Hills Park — orchard-themed playground

Swine Creek Reservation — soccer goal, horseshoe pits, tetherball, activity field backstop (just added)

Sunnybrook Preserve — horseshoe pits, bocce ball court, tetherball

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Update: February 16, 2012

White-nose Syndrome Found at The West Woods

Click here for today's unfortunate news, that bats hibernating at The West Woods are affected by white-nose syndrome (WNS). For a federally kept map of all the sites WNS has been found, click here.

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Update: January 28, 2011

Social Media and Our Voices of Nature eNewsletter

It's never been easier to find out what's going on at your Geauga Park District! Click here to receive our new Voices of Nature eNewsletter, featuring pictures, articles and upcoming programs; "Like" us on Facebook or "Follow" us on Twitter for daily updates and special insights from our experienced naturalist team; or check out our YouTube page, featuring more than 150 clips of park fun "in the field"!

 

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