• Coronavirus & Your Parks (3-24-20)

    How we are addressing concerns about the coronavirus and public spaces


    In light of the most recent stay at home order issued by Gov. Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health, Geauga Park District is stepping up its efforts to limit the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) through park facilities, programs and events.

    Hiking trails will remain open and available for residents to enjoy. More than 70 miles of fabulous trails exist in your 25 parks throughout the county. Please get out and enjoy them! In compliance with the latest order from the State of Ohio, however, playgrounds have been closed until further notice.

    As we all share the parks, Geauga Park District is also asking all park guests to work together to ensure health and safety for all. 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.

    Also until further notice, all Geauga Park District programming and events have been cancelled, and The West Woods Nature Center, Big Creek Park’s Meyer Center, Observatory Park’s buildings and all Park District lodges, shelters and campgrounds have been closed to the public.

    Volunteer responsibilities are also suspended at this time.

    Geauga Park District has implemented these protocols to recognize the importance of ensuring the health of our Geauga County community at large.  In addition, most park services will be limited in order to comply with the State of Ohio’s latest order.

    Affected lodge, shelter and campground reservations are being cancelled with full refunds to patrons. Meanwhile, Geauga Park District and its 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 in these exciting first weeks of spring, and thank you for your patience as we work together to address this situation.”