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Local MetroParks programs suspended for COVID-19 precautions

Cleveland Metroparks, Lake Metroparks and Medina County Park District announce plans to protect staff and visitors
Credit: WKYC
Park buildings and programs among those affected. But trails and outdoor spaces will remain open to visitors.

CLEVELAND — Just as spring approaches, Northeast Ohio parks are altering programs and shuttering some buildings in a proactive attempt to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).   

The Cleveland Metroparks is closing several indoor public facilities and canceling all events and programs from March 13 until March 31.  That includes:

  1. All indoor locations at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo are closed including: The RainForest, Primate, Cat & Aquatics, African Elephant Crossing, Sarah Allison Steffee Center and Wolf Lodge buildings. There will also be limited concessions. 
  2. Circle of Wildlife Carousel and 4-D Theater at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. 
  3. All Nature Centers and Nature Shops: Brecksville Nature Center, Canalway Center, North Chagrin Nature Center, Rocky River Nature Center, Watershed Stewardship Center and Hinckley Lake Boathouse & Store. 
  4. Merwin's Wharf.
  5. The following Cleveland Metroparks and Cleveland Metroparks Zoo programs and events are canceled until at least March 31. Those programs include:
  6. Fish Fry at Big Met and Fish Fry events at Emerald Necklace Marina and Merwin's Wharf. 
  7. History of Maple Sugaring March 14-15
  8. Buzzard Day on March 15
  9. World Water Day March 21
  10. Adventure University & Gear Swap March 21
  11. Job Fair March 22
  12. Race to the Cake 5k April 3 is postponed until a later date.

If you registered for one of the canceled programs, the Metroparks says your money will be refunded. 

Not affected:

Cleveland Metroparks outdoor locations will remain open including the 18 park reservations, its 8 gold courses and the outdoor portion of the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.  The Metroparks recommends all visitors follow the latest developments by visiting clevelandmetroparks.com/COVID-19

Lake Metroparks is also taking precautions. All buildings and offices will be closed from March 13 through March 31, including: 

  • Lake Metroparks Farmpark
  • Penitentiary Glen Nature Center (trails stay open) 
  • Environmental Learning Center (trails stay open)
  • Lakefront Lodge
  • Pine Ridge Country Club: golf course is closed
  • Erie Shores Golf Course
  • Painesville Township Park Community Center
  • Pine Lodge Ski Center
  • Administrative, Registration and Volunteer Offices

For clubhouse/banquet events contact Dino's Catering at 440-943-1010

Medina County Park District Programs have also been canceled from March 14th through March 30th. In addition, Wolf Creek Environmental Center, Alderfer-Oenslager Wildlife Sanctuary and Susan Hambley Nature Center are closed to the public from March 14-30.

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