Five Rivers MetroParks' Response to COVID-19

Updated 6/7/2021

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 HealthPublic Health — Dayton & Montgomery County and CDC. MetroParks also is responding with the health and safety of its community, volunteers and employees top of mind.  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. Visitors also should follow the CDC’s recommendations.

In accordance with the recent CDC guidance and lifting of the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) order, effective immediately, MetroParks will no longer require face coverings/masks for employees and visitors who are fully vaccinated at our indoor and outdoor locations.

Employees, volunteers, or visitors will not be asked to provide proof of their vaccination status.  However, if you are not wearing a face covering/mask, we trust that you meet the state requirements for not doing so. Per the CDC, those who are not fully vaccinated should wear a face covering/mask indoors while continuing to social distance and should wear a face covering/mask outdoors when social distancing is not possible. Face coverings will still be available at FRMP visitor centers and the main office lobby counters for distribution to visitors, staff and volunteers, if requested.

Those who are fully vaccinated are people who have received both shots in a two-shot series, and are two weeks past their second dose, or people who are two weeks past their vaccination date in a one-shot vaccine.

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

The COVID-19 public health emergency is still a serious and evolving situation. We ask that you respect and understand each person’s choice to continue to wear a face covering/mask, whether it’s a MetroParks employee, volunteer or visitor to MetroParks facilities and parks. 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 all trash and recycling receptacles are available.
  • Nearly all indoor facilities and attractions, such as visitor centers at Cox Arboretum and Carriage Hill MetroParks, are now open.
  • Farms at Carriage Hill and Possum Creek MetroParks are open.
  • 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.
  • All shelters are open and accepting reservations
  • Most playgrounds and nature play areas are open, with the exception of the nature play area at Possum Creek MetroPark, which is closed for construction.
  • 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?

  • A small number of indoor facilities remain closed, such as the Cox Arboretum Butterfly House and the Wegerzyn Gardens Visitor Center.
  • Some Five Rivers MetroParks in-person programs and events have been cancelled.
  • The Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience planned for Saturday, Oct. 2, and Sunday, Oct. 3, at Eastwood MetroPark has been cancelled.

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