Five Rivers MetroParks' Response to COVID-19

Updated 8/23/2021

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 Ohio Department of Health (ODH)Public Health — Dayton & Montgomery County and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (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.

As a result of guidance from the CDC, PHDMC and ODH, Five Rivers MetroParks is requiring face coverings for all indoor spaces, including visitor centers and offices, when social distancing of at least six feet outside their household cannot be maintained. This includes people ages 2 and older, regardless of vaccination status. This goes into effect on August 24, 2021 until further notice.

Face coverings/masks are available at visitor centers at Cox Arboretum and Carriage Hill MetroParks as well as at the main office lobby counters for distribution to staff, volunteers, contractors, vendors, visitors and program participants as needed. Face coverings are also required when more than one person is sharing a vehicle.

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 still a serious and evolving situation. Thank you for bearing with us as we work towards the same goal: enjoying the outdoors and using indoor facilities safely.

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 is gradually resuming indoor operations while maintaining the outdoor market. The indoor market resumed operating on Saturdays from 8 AM to 3 PM. Beginning August 15, Sunday hours of 11 AM – 3 PM will return.
  • 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, the Wegerzyn Gardens Visitor Center, and the Carriage Hill Historic Farmhouse.
  • 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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