Five Rivers MetroParks' Response to COVID-19

Updated 5/6/2021

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

Five Rivers MetroParks continues to follow the directives and requirements from Governor DeWine, Ohio Department of Health, Public Health — Dayton & Montgomery County and CDC. MetroParks also is responding with the health and safety of its community, volunteers and employees top of mind.

Five Rivers MetroParks extended select closures, cancellations, limitations and restrictions will remain in place until further notice. Please note, however, these might change, depending on directives from the Ohio Department of Health, Public Health — Dayton & Montgomery County and governor. MetroParks will update this web page as the situation evolves.

You can also find the most current information — as well as navigate trails, locate park amenities and much more — by downloading Five Rivers MetroParks’ new mobile app, powered by OuterSpatial.

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 of at least six feet from those outside their household, wearing face coverings, and limiting group size to 10 or less, when spending time outdoors.

An overview of what’s open and what’s closed in Five Rivers MetroParks is below, and details about closures within specific MetroParks is at metroparks.org/alerts.

The COVID-19 public health emergency is a serious and evolving situation. Extraordinary measures are needed to protect everyone’s health and safety during these extraordinary times. Five Rivers MetroParks thanks the public for its cooperation and understanding.

What’s Open?

  • All Five Rivers MetroParks parks and trails are open from 8 AM to 10 PM April 1 through October 31. Admission is free.
  • All restrooms are open, and trash and recycling receptacles are available in high-use areas.
  • Five Rivers MetroParks’ 2nd Street Market resumed its outdoor market. Hours of operation each week will be on Saturdays from 9 AM to 1 PM, weather permitting.
  • All campsites are open and reservations are required.
  • Shelter reservations are currently being accepted for dates beginning Sunday, April 18 and shelters will have a reduced capacity of 30% or 10  people, whichever is greater. Beginning Saturday, May 8, shelters will resume their normal capacity.
  • Most playgrounds and nature play areas are open.
  • Visit MetroParks’ Nature Is Open blog for stories, videos and more about how you can stay safe and have fun while improving your physical and mental health outdoors.

What’s Closed?

  • Drinking fountains are turned off per the Public Health — Dayton & Montgomery County.
  • Some trash cans have been removed, so visitors must prepare to carry out everything they carry in, including dog waste .
  • To help visitors maintain the required social distancing, Five Rivers MetroParks Rangers are monitoring parking. Lots may periodically be closed or parking may be limited at MetroParks locations that are typically busy, including Cox Arboretum, Aullwood Garden, Englewood East Park and Sugarcreek MetroParks.
  • The Carriage Hill Historical Farm and Possum Creek Farm indoor facilities are closed.
  • Most indoor facilities, including MetroParks visitor centers, are closed.
    • The lobby of the visitor centers at Cox Arboretum and Carriage Hill MetroParks are scheduled to reopen on weekends beginning Saturday, May 8.
  • Many Five Rivers MetroParks in-person programs and events have been cancelled until further notice. Staff and volunteers cannot effectively host most MetroParks programs while maintaining safe social distancing. Many others require the use of shared equipment that is not easily sanitized between uses.
  • The Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience planned for Saturday, Oct. 2, and Sunday, Oct. 3, at Eastwood MetroPark has been cancelled.

How can I help keep my MetroParks open?

  • Maintain a distance of at least six feet from people not part of your group.
  • Limit public gatherings to 10 people or less.
  • Alert other visitors of your presence on trails and step aside by at least six feet if you need to pass others.
  • Explore less frequently used parks, trails , and Dull Woods conservation area, along with the region’s more than 340 miles of paved recreation trails — the nation’s largest paved trail network.
  • Follow the State of Ohio and CDC’s recommendation to wear cloth face coverings (masks) in public to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Please note that wearing a face covering is NOT a replacement for social distancing and handwashing. Read more about using cloth face coverings on the state’s COVID-19 web page .
  • Spend time in nature in a more private outdoor location, such as your neighborhood or back yard.

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