Five Rivers MetroParks Response to COVID-19

Updated 3/27/20, 5:00 PM

Five Rivers MetroParks cares deeply about the health of its employees, volunteers and community.

Following directives from Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, the Ohio Department of Public Health, Montgomery County Health Department and the CDC to limit public gatherings, all Five Rivers MetroParks events, programs, shelter and camping reservations and rentals are cancelled until at least May 3.  Registered program participants, permit holders, and those with facility rentals and reservations will be notified of the cancellations and full refunds will be issued in the coming days.

All volunteer activities also are cancelled until at least May 3. Please contact your designated Volunteer Coordinator if you have additional questions.

Per CDC recommendations and Ohio Department of Public Health orders, staff is taking the necessary precautions to help slow the spread of COVID-19. MetroParks requests all guests take preventative action when visiting MetroParks or trails, including:

  • Maintaining a distance of six feet from people who are not a part of your household,
  • Altering behaviors on trails to prevent crowding at trail intersections, passing others too closely, and alerting others of approach, and
  • Encouraging users to explore beyond the parks and trails they normally use and avoid those that are always busy.

Currently, Five Rivers MetroParks’ outdoor parks and trails remain open. However, the following closures are in effect:

  • Playgrounds and natural play areas
  • Restrooms
  • Drinking fountains

Other limitations or restrictions currently in effect:

  • Limited availability of trash cans; visitors are asked to use “leave no trace practices” and carry out what they carry in.
  • Shelters, picnic tables, benches, hand rails and handles are not regularly disinfected due to limited staffing. Please refrain from using them. Swings and other seating equipment may be removed or closed for use.
  • Monitoring and limiting the number of visitors at high use parks by reducing the amount of parking available.

Five Rivers MetroParks Rangers patrol all parks 24/7. If you need Ranger assistance, please call 937-225-HELP (4357).  Although park offices and the MetroParks Main Office are closed to the general public, you may reach staff by calling 937-275-7275 or completing the contact form at metroparks.org/contact.

MetroParks will continue to respond to the latest on COVID-19 with community, employee and volunteer safety top of mind. For the most up-to-date information on MetroParks operations, please check www.metroparks.org/COVID-19 and social media channels (FacebookInstagram and Twitter).

Five Rivers MetroParks continues to be thoughtful about agency policies and approach to managing employee interactions with volunteers, visitors and each other, and are adhering to guidelines and recommendations from the CDC.  Contingency planning to maintain services to the community while protecting the health of employees and volunteers are priorities.

For additional information about the local response to COVID-19, please visit the Montgomery County Health Department and the Ohio Department of Public Health websites.

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