News & updates

  • Upcoming Building Closures

    As you plan your late fall and early winter park visits, please note that The West Woods Nature Center and Big Creek Park's Donald W. Meyer Center will be closed for the holidays the following dates: Thursday, November 22 (Thanksgiving) Friday, November 23 (day after Thanksgiving) Monday, December 24 (Christmas Eve) Tuesday, December 25 (Christmas) Monday, December 31 (New Year's Eve) Tuesday, January 1 (New Year's Day) Snow-Related Closures Should extreme weather close our nature centers any additional days, or…

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  • Request for Proposals: Horse-Drawn Sap Sled & Wagon Ride Services

    Geauga Park District is requesting proposals from interested parties to provide the following horse-drawn maple sap collecting services & horse-drawn wagon ride services: Sap's-a-Risin'! Sundays, March 3, 10 and 17, 2019 Proposals are due January 1 Click here for proposal information Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides Saturdays & Sundays, October 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 & 20, 2019 Proposals are due January 4 Click here for proposal information

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  • Winter Weather in the Parks: Snowshoeing, Cleared Snow & More!

    We know it can be hard to get out during a Northeast Ohio winter, but we've got you covered when it comes to motivation! There's no shortage of great activities to enjoy in your Geauga Park District. A few ideas: Cleared Trails for Walking Park operations crews regularly clear snow from paved trails in six parks: Orchard Hills Park in Chesterland Sunnybrook Preserve in Chesterland Bessie Benner Metzenbaum Park in Chesterland Walter C. Best Wildlife Preserve in Chardon Frohring Meadows…

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  • Holiday Greens Workshop Projects

    It's not time you need to be thinking about this yet, but just in case it's come up, check out the three project options for this year's Holiday Greens Workshop on Saturday, December 1, at Swine Creek Reservation! These workshops fill up fast every year, so don't delay if you'd like to register! Registration can be found for the 9 a.m. to noon workshop here; for the 1 to 4 p.m. workshop here; or call 440-286-9516 during business hours. Participants…

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  • Hunting-Related Park Closures

    Please note that Observatory Park will be closed the following dates for controlled hunting. To learn more about our controlled hunting program any time, please select Activities, then Hunting & Trapping from the dropdowns above. Youth Gun: Nov. 17-18, 2018 Regular Gun: Nov. 26-27 & Dec. 1, 2018 Muzzleloader: Jan. 5-6, 2019

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  • 2019 Reservations

    Start dates for 2019 facility reservations have been released, once again giving priority to Geauga County residents. Geauga County residents will be able to make 2019 reservations beginning December 3 starting at 8 a.m. online and by phone. Out-of-county residents will be able to make 2019 reservations beginning January 1 online and January 2 by phone. Click here to view the 2019 Fee Schedule.

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  • Introducing the New Duane Ferris Trail

    Geauga Park District’s first naturalist, Duane Ferris, often spoke of his favorite walk at one of his favorite places, Eldon Russell Park, for its scenic views of the property and natural wetland. Today this walk is an official trail, named for him and open for everyone to explore, in line with his mission to connect people to the natural world. All three of Mr. Ferris’ children, as well as a son-in-law and a granddaughter, were present for the trail’s official…

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  • Prescription for Parks

    Geauga Park District and University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center are excited to introduce a new collaboration with a focus on health, aimed at making sure Geauga County residents are aware of all the awesome and totally free ways their parks can help them get and stay fit all year round. Prescription for Parks recently began with displays in 10 primary care physicians’ offices to help them “prescribe” outdoor activities like walking, jogging, biking, canoeing, kayaking and fishing. Pictured are (L…

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  • Little Free Libraries in Your Parks

    Six new Little Free Libraries have found homes in Geauga Park District, thanks to a group of women with a passion for literacy, Women United of United Way Services of Geauga County. Anyone is now welcome to take a book home from the new weather-proof libraries at Bass Lake Preserve, Swine Creek Reservation, The West Woods, The Maple Highlands Trail’s South Street entrance, Big Creek Park and Walter C. Best Wildlife Preserve. Women United, a group formed through United Way…

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  • Make This Site Look & Function Like an App on Your Mobile Device

    Do you want our new website to look and function like an app on your smartphone or tablet? Follow these easy steps to place a bookmark on your home screen for easy access to your parks when you're on the move.

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