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Check here for recent updates on important information regarding trail closures, park alerts and ongoing construction.

Five Rivers MetroParks Response to COVID-19

6/12/20: Five Rivers MetroParks cares deeply about the health of its employees, volunteers and community.

In its response to COVID-19, Five Rivers MetroParks is following directives and information from the Ohio Department of HealthMontgomery County Health Department and CDC. MetroParks also is responding with the health and safety of its community, volunteers and employees top of mind.

Current directives call for public gatherings to be limited to 10 people or fewer and for social distancing of at least six feet to be maintained. Anticipating these directives will remain in place for some time, Five Rivers MetroParks its extending select closures, cancellations, limitations and restrictions until further notice. Please note, however, these might change, depending on directives from the Ohio Department of Health and governor. MetroParks will update this web page as the situation evolves.

At least one restroom is open in nearly every park, and trash and recycling receptacles are available in high-use areas.

All Five Rivers MetroParks parks and trails are open. However, visitors should read the information below and plan ahead, because some amenities are not available. Visitors also should follow the CDC’s recommendations, particularly for social distancing and wearing face coverings, when spending time outdoors.

For the most up-to-date information on MetroParks operations related to COVID-19, please visit the MetroParks COVID-19 update page.

Weather Policy

During, and immediately, following periods of severe weather, some areas of MetroParks facilities may not be available for use. These areas will be reopened as soon as possible after such an event. We follow a reopening plan that has been developed to best protect and best serve the majority of visitors as quickly as possible. The recreation trails near rivers may be under water in periods of river flooding. Please scout and plan your trips accordingly with MCD’s trail monitoring tool.

Portions of green and yellow trails closed

Portions of the green and yellow trails are closed at Sugarcreek MetroPark for a habitat restoration project. This includes the yellow trail loop in the prairie and a portion of the green trail heading east past the salamander pond. The remainder of the green trail can be accessed using the orange trail by heading east.

This alert applies to the following parks:

Sugarcreek

MetroParks Ice Rink closed for the 2020-2021 skating season

The MetroParks Ice Rink, which is currently closed due to precautions related to COVID-19, will remain closed for the 2020-2021 skating season, which was slated to run through Feb. 2021. MetroParks has made this decision with the health and safety of its community, volunteers and employees top of mind.

The MetroParks Ice Rink opening was delayed due to the Stay at Home Health Advisory issued for Montgomery County on Nov. 18 and rising cases in the community. The advisory has since been extended to Jan. 2, 2021.

Your 18 clean, safe MetroParks remain open, as does hundreds of miles of trails to explore. We ask park visitors to always follow CDC guidelines in MetroParks, especially as it pertains to social distancing and wearing face coverings. For more information, visit metroparks.org/covid.

This alert applies to the following parks:

RiverScape

COVID-19 select closures and cancellations extended until further notice

12/22/20: In its response to COVID-19, Five Rivers MetroParks is following directives and information from the Ohio Department of HealthMontgomery County Health Department and CDC. MetroParks also is responding with the health and safety of its community, volunteers and employees top of mind.

Current directives call for public gatherings to be limited to 10 people or fewer and for social distancing of at least six feet to be maintained. Anticipating these directives will remain in place for some time, Five Rivers MetroParks its extending select closures, cancellations, limitations and restrictions until further notice. Please note, however, these might change, depending on directives from the Ohio Department of Health and governor. MetroParks will update this web page as the situation evolves.

All Five Rivers MetroParks parks and trails are open. However, visitors should read the alerts below and plan ahead, because such amenities as restrooms and water fountains are not available. (MetroParks anticipates opening a limited number of restrooms in the next several weeks, and updates will be posted on this page.)

For the most up-to-date information on MetroParks operations related to COVID-19, please visit the MetroParks COVID-19 update page.

 

Possum Creek Nature Play CLOSED

Possum Creek’s Nature Play will be CLOSED starting on 11/12/20 for construction, as staff will be working on enhancing the nature play. It will re-open once construction is completed.

This alert applies to the following parks:

Possum Creek

Pedestrian Bridge at Deeds Point MetroPark closed

7/21/20: Construction to replace the Deeds Point MetroPark pedestrian bridge has begun. The goal is to complete construction by the end of 2020, although the construction schedule is highly dependent on weather, as well as river conditions and water levels. The nearby Webster Street Bridge serves as a detour. Directional signage for the detour is posted at both the pedestrian and Webster Street bridges. For more information, contact Chief of Planning and Projects Carrie Scarff at 937-275-PARK.

This alert applies to the following parks:

Deeds Point RiverScape

Access to Huffman Prairie Flying Field

Before planning a visit to the Huffman Prairie Flying field, please double check the National Parks website. Access to this site is closed periodically for WPAFB functions.

This alert applies to the following parks:

Huffman

Due to COVID-19, the Twin Valley Welcome Center is Closed.

Due to COVID-19, the Twin Valley Welcome Center is closed. Learn more.

This alert applies to the following parks:

Germantown

OUTDOOR MARKET IS CLOSED: 2nd Street Market Open for Pre-Order Sales in Nov. and Dec.

11/6/20 – The Outdoor Market is closed for the season. However, Five Rivers MetroParks’ 2nd Street Market is now offering a pre-order drive-through pick up in November and December. Customers must order in advance from vendors then pick up orders at the Market on Saturdays between 10 AM and 2 PM. Customers do not have access to the interior of the Market building, including restrooms..

This alert applies to the following parks:

2nd Street Market

Possum Creek MetroPark Farm, Orange Horse Trail Section Closed

7/7/20: The farm at Possum Creek MetroPark is closed due to the directives from Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, the Ohio Department of Public Health, Montgomery County Health Department and the CDC. Learn more about Five Rivers MetroParks’ COVID-19 response. A section of the Possum Creek Orange Horse Trail east of the Reservable Area on Frytown Road has been closed indefinitely. Trail users should plan for an out and back experience until the trail can be rerouted.

This alert applies to the following parks:

Possum Creek

Carriage Hill MetroPark Historical Farm Buildings, Visitor Center Closed

9/8/20:  The Historical Farm buildings and Visitor Center at Carriage Hill MetroPark are closed due to the directives from Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, the Ohio Department of Public Health, Montgomery County Health Department and the CDC. Learn more about Five Rivers MetroParks’ COVID-19 response. The men’s restroom is temporarily closed for repairs. The Country Store at Carriage Hill MetroPark has permanently closed.

This alert applies to the following parks:

Carriage Hill

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