Park & trail alert


Walter C. Best Wildlife Preserve will be closed September 22 from 7 AM to 5 PM for asphalt resurfacing and paving. Signs will be posted.

Also, Walter C. Best Wildlife Preserve will be closed the morning of September 24 until noon for parking lot paint striping. Thanks for understanding.


Please use extreme caution in the area of The Maple Highlands Trail between Burton Windsor Road and Tare Creek Parkway in Middlefield Village. The installation of a new water well on village property adjacent to the trail, about a quarter mile south of the Burton Windsor Road crossing, is likely to put mud, dirt and other debris on the trail surface. Patrons can expect commercial truck traffic and construction equipment at this active construction site until this notice has been removed. Some signage in this area is also impacted, so temporary signage has been installed out of concern for patrons. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as the village’s contractor works.


Bessie Benner Metzenbaum Park‘s Summit Trail (the main gravel loop trail going up the hill) is closed for improvements, and the playground and surrounding area are both closed for equipment replacement, to be completed sometime in October.


Construction begins the week of June 13 on Frohring Meadows‘ new Pollinator Garden & Nature Play area, to be completed sometime in October. Please excuse any temporary or partial trail blockages, but we anticipate trails will be mostly unaffected.


View exceptions to our high ropes and boat borrowing schedules by checking this post.

The West Woods Nature Center and Big Creek Park‘s Donald W. Meyer will next be closed on October 10 (Columbus Day) and November 11 (Veterans Day). For a complete list of 2022 building closures, click here.

No truck traffic is permitted on The West Woods‘ entry drive bridge until further notice.

Alerts on this page will be updated periodically and removed as soon as parks and trails have reopened. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.