Coronavirus & Your Parks (Updated 7/13/20)
How we are addressing concerns about the coronavirus and public spaces
In light of current orders and recommendations issued by Gov. Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health, Geauga Park District is taking a number of measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) through park facilities, programs and events.
More than 70 miles of fabulous trails exist in your 25 parks throughout the county and are open as usual. Please get out and enjoy them!
Most notably at this time, attendance for programs and facility reservations is restricted in accordance with state guidelines. As you make your reservation, we encourage you also to plan for these guidelines for the safety of yourself and others. Thank you.
Geauga Park District is asking park guests to work together when visiting the parks this season. Please avoid using restrooms, picnic tables and grill surfaces, and take trash home whenever possible to assist park staff by limiting trash accumulation in park receptacles.
Many Geauga Park District programs are still being held. Check out the website listings to see what’s available and register when required, and be sure to double-check the website before coming out for a program to see if any requirements or details have changed.
Please note that shelters and lodges require reservations and remain closed for walk-up use. Observatory Park’s buildings also remain closed until further notice.
UPDATE 6/10/20: Playgrounds have reopened. Have fun!
UPDATE 6/1/20: In regards to upcoming public programs, please review our current Policies, Procedures & Guidelines for In-Person Programs at this link.
UPDATE 6/1/20: The West Woods Nature Center and Big Creek Park’s Meyer Center reopened today observing normal business hours (10 AM to 4:30 PM, with the Meyer Center closed on weekends). Please note that some hands-on elements will remain off-limits per state guidelines for such areas, but there is still so much to see and do! Signs on the doors ask that patrons practice social distancing, maintaining six feet from staff and fellow visitors, and respect building capacity limitations as indicated by staff. The wearing of masks is also strongly recommended for everyone’s protection. Thanks in advance.
UPDATE 5/22/20: Campsites have reopened. Please note that a reservation is required to camp in Geauga Park District. Only one family household may occupy each site, abiding by the predetermined limit for that site on the reservation permit (always 10 people or fewer), and with no guests permitted. Please also continue to mind all camping guidelines as usual.
Geauga Park District has implemented these protocols to recognize the importance of ensuring the health of our Geauga County community at large. Staff will continue to follow the most current recommendations of our leadership in the health care and government sectors. Updates will be posted to our website and social media as soon as they become available.
“Our ultimate goal is to continue to ensure the safety of our park guests, volunteers and staff,” Executive Director John Oros said. “We recognize our 25 parks and 78 trails are a valuable asset to our county residents, and are honored to provide outdoor amenities for you and your family to enjoy during this time.
“We are also pleased that Gov. DeWine recognized the benefits of getting outside and going for a hike during these trying times. Our parks will provide you and your family a place of solitude and refuge. Please get outside and enjoy everything Nature has to offer this season, and thank you for your patience as we work together to address this situation.”