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6/15/17 - Summer Web Updates
6/15/17 - Vendor Application: Treasures Among the Trees Flea Market
6/12/17 - Park Closure: The Maple Highlands Trail-South
6/12/17 - Caveman Crawl: It Happened!
6/7/17 - Controlled Hunting Applications
6/5/17 - Nature Writing Contest Winners
5/31/17 - Free Kayak Borrowing at Headwaters Park
5/9/17 - Family Fun Giveaway: Try to Win Up to 4 Bikes & Helmets!
4/27/17 - "Eyes to the Sky" People's Choice Awards
4/14/17 - 2017 Scheduled Building Closures
3/20/17 - 2017 Park Poster Contest
8/22/16 - K-9 Fund for Rotar & Sniper
6/9/16 - Play Ball! and Other Fun Activities in Your Parks




Update: June 15, 2017

Summer Web Updates

Summer is almost here! Here are some website updates to let you know it's getting close:

Summer Geocache

Summer Voices of Nature Newsletter

Summer Printable Three-Month Calendar COMING SOON!

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Update: June 15, 2017

Vendor Application: Treasure Among the Trees Flea Market

Turn your trash into someone else’s treasure and put a little cash in your own pocket. Booth spaces are still available at a popular Treasures Among the Trees Flea Market. Download your vendor application at this link.

The Flea Market will be Saturday, July 15, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The West Woods' picnic area, 9465 Kinsman Road, Russell Township.

Dozens of vendors will sell treasures such as antiques, collectibles, bird houses, jewelry (new and old), tools, toys, furniture, rugs, plants, handmade materials, soaps, general household items and other bargains galore. Don’t miss your opportunity to be part of this popular day.

Outdoor spaces, the size of two parking spaces, can be reserved for $25, or an 8-foot picnic table under the shelter can be reserved for $15. Picnic tables go fast so reserve soon before they are sold out.

This year's event is again being hosted by Geauga County Ohio Horseman’s Council, so all application fees for vendor spaces will be payable to Geauga County OHC, but a portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Bridle Trail Fund for Geauga Park District.

For a registration form to purchase your spot, or for more information about Geauga County Ohio Horseman Council's benefit Flea Market, visit www.geaugacountyohc.com/flea-market.html or call Jennifer at 216-406-7639.

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Update: June 12, 2017

Park Closure: The Maple Highlands Trail-South

The south portion of The Maple Highlands Trail, from Headwaters Park to Swine Creek Reservation, will be closed for construction (paving) beginning the week of June 19 until completion. As the summer progressing, you may check in on the progress of this project here. Thanks in advance for your cooperation!

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Update: June 12, 2017

Caveman Crawl: It Happened!

Thanks to all of the amazing participants who made this year's Caveman Crawl 5K Trail Run & 1-Mile Fun Walk another smashing success! Please stay tuned for our multitudes of pictures from the big day as well as a fundraising total for the Chip Henry Institute for Outdoor Adventure. Meanwhile, here are your official 2017 Race Results - congratulations the winners!

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Update: June 7, 2017

Controlled Hunting Applications

Geauga Park District is now accepting youth and adult applications for its 2017-18 Controlled Hunting Program for White-tailed Deer. Click here for details.

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Update: June 5, 2017

Nature Writing Contest Winners

Geauga Park District is thrilled to announce to the following winners of this year's contest! Congratulations to all!

Child Categories
1st Place Poetry – "Water" by Charlotte Jons
2nd Place Poetry – "Come Take a Walk" by Anna Gracon
3rd Place Poetry – "Night Time" by Julia Fuchs
Honorable Mention Poetry – "Backyard Birds" by Maya Taylor
Honorable Mention Poetry – "Weeping Willow Ode" by Jade Gladue
1st Place Prose – "The Magical Smell" by Milo Humphreys
2nd Place Prose – "Out in the Countryside" by Jesse Oros
3rd Place Prose – "I wish to see more honey bees in our garden" by Shriya Selvan
Honorable Mention Prose – "The Squirrel" by Lauren Loveman
Honorable Mention Prose – "A Whole Day for Three" by Brianna Rotz

Adolescent Categories
1st Place Poetry – "Summer Time Memories" by Aisha Smith
2nd Place Poetry – "Signs of the Season" by Kelly Holl
3rd Place Poetry – "Winter’s Call" by Zoe Ferris
Honorable Mention Poetry – "A Canvas" by Maarika Haller
Honorable Mention Poetry – "Ubiquitous" by Maddy Massey
1st Place Prose – "Fair" by Kailyn Foutty
2nd Place Prose – "Morning" by Nora Vinson
3rd Place Prose – "Murder in the Garden" by Virginia R. Williams
Honorable Mention Prose – "Dandy" by Maddy Massey
Honorable Mention Prose – "Treehuggers" by Sarah Douglas

Adult Categories
1st Place Poetry – "Bless and Forgive These Iniquities" by Theresa Göttl Brightman
2nd Place Poetry – "Seasons of Life" by Brooke Rickettson
3rd Place Poetry – "The Date" by Rose Brown
Honorable Mention Poetry – "The Tree that Blooms Twice" by Laura Smith
1st Place Prose – "The Giant Along the River" by Ginny Taylor
2nd Place Prose – "Equine Prowess" by Sheryl Bush
3rd Place Prose – "The Bees Are Blooming" by Kate Dlugosz

Want to enjoy these works in person? Come to the Nature Arts Festival at Big Creek Park on Sunday, August 11, at 3 p.m., to hear the winners read, hear the judges' take on why they were chosen, and generally celebrate this great accomplishment – always a wonderful way to spend the afternoon.

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Update: May 31, 2017

Free Kayak Borrowing at Headwaters Park

Float on the open water. Propel yourself forward by your own strength. The fresh air and the peace and power of Nature will ensure that your time on the water will be the best part of your day.

Free kayak borrowing returns to the new Headwaters Park Boathouse this Thursday, June 1, allowing you to guide your own Nature adventure on East Branch Reservoir amidst wildlife including resident Bald Eagles!

Kayaks are available for first come, first served, two-hour borrowing Wednesdays and Thursdays 2 to 8 p.m. and Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 10:45 a.m. to 8 p.m., through the summer months.

Please note: Days and times are subject to change depending on seasonal staff availability. Before you come out, please call the Headwaters hotline, 440-279-0850, to confirm someone will be at the Boathouse to help you.

Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. A driver’s license will be held as a security deposit. Provided life vests must be worn at all times.

Did you know...? The majority of the beautiful new Boathouse facility is also reservable for your special event free of charge for Geauga residents! Learn more at www.geaugaparkdistrict.org under Make a Reservation or by calling 440-286-9516.

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Update: May 9, 2017

Family Fun Giveaway:
Try to Win Up to 4 Bikes & Helmets!

To make sure your family is among the first to hear about all the FREE events and activities found in your parks, we are revamping our official park communications with an all-new, more personalized email list.

To receive or continue receiving our emails,
please CLICK HERE to sign up for this brand new list.
All Geauga residents who sign up will also be entered to win up to FOUR FREE BICYCLES and other park prizes – plus, Mountain Road Cycles will give the grand prize winner up to FOUR FREE HELMETS!

Click here for official giveaway rules. Good Luck!

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Update: April 27, 2017

"Eyes to the Sky" People's Choice Award Winners

Congratulations to the following People's Choice Award winners of our "Eyes to the Sky: The Art of Astronomy" Community Art Show this winter! For photos of their tremendous works, click here and enjoy our album on Facebook.

1st - "Alignment" (Rosie Ivanye Skocdopole)
2nd - "Catastrophic Cosmic Cataclysm" (Rosie Ivanye Skocdopole)
3rd - "Dawn of Creation" (Jo Ann Salnajs)
HONORABLE MENTION - "Moonlight" (Joan Whitten)
HONORABLE MENTION TIE! - "God Speed" & "Space Oddity" (Christopher Intihar) & "Galaxy" (Jo Ann Salnajs)

1st - "Night’s Eternal Light" (Carrie Garland)
2nd - "Aries + Leo= Love; Even From the Rainbow Bridge Above" (Sheila R. Dorris)
3rd - "To the Moon" (Jim Jannette)
HONORABLE MENTION - "One Last Sunrise" (Lila Fisher-Wenzel)
HONORABLE MENTION - "#Moon" (Cheryl Brickman)

1st - "Spilled Stars" (Diane Wantz & Sharon Kovach)
2nd - "Alien" (Munch Dulaney)
3rd - "Buoy Earth" (Jason Wein/Cleveland Art)
HONORABLE MENTION - "Communion" (Lisa Ruschman)
HONORABLE MENTION - "Give Me Space" (Larry Medwig)

1st - "Big Bang" (Nello Ianiro)
2nd TIE! - "From Earth to the Sun" (Roman A. Ianiro) & "Galaxy Life" (Hannah Bice)
3rd - "Avocado Planet" (Bruno Ianiro)
Participation ribbons were also awarded to all entries in the children's category.

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Update: April 14, 2017

2017 Scheduled Building Closures

Geauga Park District staff appreciate your understanding of the following scheduled building closures for 2017. On the following days, The West Woods Nature Center and Big Creek Park's Meyer Center will be closed, and facility reservations will not be taken. However, parks will remain open and shelters and lodges will be available without reservation on a first come, first served basis.

Upcoming Closures:
Independence Day (Tuesday, July 4)
Labor Day (Monday, September 4)
Columbus Day (Monday, October 9)
Veterans' Day observed (Friday, November 10)
Veterans' Day (Saturday, November 11)
Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 24)
Day after Thanksgiving (Friday, November 24)
Christmas (Monday, December 25)

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Update: March 23, 2017

2017 Park Poster Contest

Tell the world you’re Adventure Ready with Geauga Park District by entering our 2017 Park Poster Contest!

Weekly winners will receive a $20 gift certificate to our Tree Tops Nature Store, located in The West Woods Nature Center. What does that get you? Easily a free Nature T-shirt, guide or book, some cool camping gear, a couple science discovery toys or plush animals, a quart of real maple syrup...and the list goes on, just for the cost of taking a picture!

How to Enter: Just snap a picture of yourself with our poster, then share it via email at marketing@geaugaparkdistrict.org or on our social media using #geaugaparkdistrict. Free posters are available for pickup at these participating locations:
Big Creek Park's Meyer Center
Burton Public Library
Destination Geauga
Geauga Public Library branches
The West Wood Nature Center
They can also be located hanging within many of our parks and around town – snap a quick photo with one and enter while you’re out and about.

We’ll draw one winner a week through 2017 and share winning photos on our social media to show them some love. One win per person. Now have fun and good luck!

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Update: August 22, 2016

K-9 Fund for Sniper & Rotar

Geauga Park District is excited to announce a new opportunity to improve our community, and the Board of Park Commissioners has allowed us to request your help in maintaining our new K-9 unit.

With the addition of two trained K-9s to our Ranger Department, Sniper and
Rotar, we can continue to make Geauga parks and the surrounding area a
safer place to live and enjoy the outdoors. Our K-9s will be able to locate drugs/narcotics in vehicles, track lost persons and attend informational programs that help build community relations.

It is with the above in mind that we ask for your support to enable us to maintain this great community asset. We are seeking partners to help underwrite necessary items for both dogs including equipment (leash, collars, bowls, toys, treats), food, veterinary care, vehicle inserts designed for transport of police working dogs, and educational training and seminars.

If you are able to support our program in any way, donations may be made by check or cash; make checks out to Geauga Park District K-9 Fund to ensure your donation is placed in the proper account. Donations are tax deductible, so please also provide your name, address and phone number so we can ensure
you receive a proper receipt for your contribution.

If you have any questions at all, about donations or the development of our K-9 unit, please contact the Ranger Department at (440) 279-0824. We are also accessible at Ranger Weisbarth dweisbarth@geaugaparkdistrict.org or Ranger Hunziker echunziker@geaugaparkdistrict.org.

Thank you in advance for your partnership. We cannot do this without your support!

- Ranger Denise Weisbarth and Ranger Ed Hunziker


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Update: June 9, 2016

Play Ball! and Other Fun Activities in Your Parks

Did you know about these amenities recently added to your parks? Come out and play!

Beartown Lakes Reservation — horseshoe pits, bocce ball court, tetherball

Big Creek Park — activity field backstop, sand volleyball, tetherball

Chickagami Park — activity field backstop, soccer goal, horseshoe pits, tetherball

Frohring Meadows — tetherball

Orchard Hills Park — orchard-themed playground

Swine Creek Reservation — activity field backstop, soccer goal, sand volleyball, horseshoe pits, tetherball

Sunnybrook Preserve — bocce ball court, horseshoe pits, tetherball


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