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8/3/15 - Upcoming Park Closures
7/21/15 - Job Openings: Human Resources Manager, Park Planner
7/9/15 - Connect Summer Photo Contest
6/25/15 - Summer Web Updates
6/19/15 - 2015 Caveman Crawl 5K Trail Run: It Happened!
6/8/15 - Under Construction: Headwaters Park, Frohring Meadows
4/13/15 - Get Active with Geauga W.O.R.K. Out
12/10/14 - Horseback Riding Trails
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: August 3, 2015

Upcoming Park Closures

To ensure safety during this year's Controlled Hunting Program, rangers will block public entrance to Observatory Park on November 21 and 22 for youth gun season and November 30 through December 6 for shotgun season; to Big Creek Park on December 26 for shotgun season; and to Observatory Park again January 2 through 5 for muzzleloader season. We appreciate your cooperation with these closures for everyone's safety - thank you.

The West Woods Nature Center will remain open, but Big Creek Park's Meyer Center will be closed, the following holidays: September 7 (Labor Day), October 12 (Columbus Day) and November 11 (Veteran's Day).

Both buildings will be closed, then, on November 26 & 27 (Thanksgiving & day after Thanksgiving), December 25 (Christmas) and January 1 (New Year's Day).

There are no other currently scheduled park closures. Unscheduled closures are always posted on WKYC and WEWS in Cleveland, as well as to our Facebook and Twitter.

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Update: July 21, 2015

Job Openings: Human Resources Manager, Park Planner

Geauga Park District is seeking two full-time staff members: human resources manager and park planner. Details are now posted on our Careers page.

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Update: July 9, 2015

Connect Summer Photo Contest

Congratulations!
Spring's first-place winner Gary Thomas (top below), taken at The West Woods
Spring's second-place winner Jane Gale (bottom below), taken at Bass Lake Preserve
Winter's first-place winner Steve E. Zavoda III, taken at The Rookery
Winter's second-place winner Kim Greve Tomba, 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 #gpdsummer, 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

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Update: June 8, 2015

Under Construction: Headwaters Park, Frohring Meadows

Did you know that improvements are underway at Headwaters Park and Frohring Meadows? Keep an eye on our Planning Department's webpage for updates and pictures. Also, please note that Headwaters 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 for your patience as we work on these exciting improvements!

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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: 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: 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

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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