Coronavirus & Your Parks (Updated 7/24/20)
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, in compliance with Gov. Mike DeWine’s new mandate, which applies to anyone 10 years old and older, face coverings are now required in The West Woods Nature Center, Big Creek Park’s Meyer Center, Observatory Park buildings, during indoor public programs and during enclosed lodge reservations. Face coverings must also be worn outdoors whenever it is not possible to maintain six-foot distance from people who are not household members, including during shelter reservations and during outdoor park programs. A list of exemptions can be found on the state’s coronavirus website
Additionally, 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 with safety precautions in place for our staff and guests. Check out the website listings to see what’s available and register when required (in most cases), and please be sure to double-check the website before coming out to see if any requirements or details have changed.
Shelters and lodges remain closed for walk-up use until further notice; only use with a reservation is permitted. Observatory Park’s buildings remain closed until further notice. And all Geauga Park District water fountains have also been deactivated until further notice, so please bring your own drinking water when you visit! (Water remains available for cleaning purposes at the campgrounds of Headwaters Park and Chickagami Park, as well as near Deer Run Shelter for The West Woods’ primitive campsites; however, updates are underway at Big Creek Park, making that source temporarily unavailable.)
UPDATE 7/23/20: To be in compliance with Gov. DeWine’s new mask mandate, please review our updated Policies, Procedures & Guidelines for In-Person Programs at this link before coming out to a program or special event in one of your parks. Thank you!
UPDATE 6/10/20: Playgrounds have reopened. Have fun!
UPDATE 6/1/20: The West Woods Nature Center and Big Creek Park’s Meyer Center have reopened observing normal business hours (10 AM to 4:30 PM, with the Meyer Center closed on weekends). Please note that some hands-on elements 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.
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, and with no guests permitted. Please also continue to mind all camping guidelines as usual.
Geauga Park District recognizes 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 g
oing 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.”