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March 23, 2020

MetroParks Update Regarding Coronavirus COVID-19

Sunday, March 22, 2020, Amy Acton, MD,MPH, Director of the Ohio Department of Public Health issued a "Stay at Home" Order which can be found at the link below.  MetroParks continues to follow the Governor's orders and those of our local Butler County Health Commissioner in terms of how the order impacts MetroParks programs and facilities.

Director of the Ohio Department of Health March 22, 2020 "Stay at Home" Order

While the order discusses details regarding what "Stay at Home" means, the Order under Section 5, Item c. does permit leaving a person's residence for outdoor activity.   It states "For outdoor activity. To engage in outdoor activity, provided the individuals comply with Social Distancing Requirements, as defined below, such as, by way of example and without limitation, walking, hiking, running, or biking. Individuals may go to public parks and open outdoor recreation areas. However, public access playgrounds may increase spread of COVID-19, and therefore shall be closed."

To comply with this Order the cumulative effect of all Orders are listed below:

NEW, Effective at 11:59 p.m., today March 23, 2020:

  • All playgrounds within the park system will be closed until further notice.

NEW, Effective Immediately, today March 23, 2020:

  • As approved by MetroParks Executive Director, to encourage outdoor activities and provide more access to park resources FEES will be waived at the northern most lake at Voice of America MetroPark, located at 7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester, OH 45069,  for all hand carried water craft launches until further notice.
  • As approved by MetroParks Executive Director, to encourage outdoor activities and provide more access to park resources FEES will be waived for fishing in the northern most lake at Voice of America MetroPark, located at 7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester, OH 45069, until further notice.  Fishing status of the lake is changed in conjunction with this fee structure to "CATCH & RELEASE" Only.  

ONGOING:

  • Social Distancing while in a MetroPark                                                                                                                                  The importance of social distancing while in the park is still key to preventing the spread of COVID-19.  Keep a minimum of 6 feet between yourself and others while in the park and elsewhere. 
  • MetroParks Outdoor Park Locations Remain Open from 8 a.m. until dusk (normal hours).
  • All MetroPark indoor facilities will be closed to the general public until further notice.  MetroParks staff remains available to help you via phone and/or email.  Calls can be taken at 513.867.5835 or emails can be sent to info@yourmetroparks.net
  • All MetroParks Nature & Educational Programming is cancelled until further notice.
  • All Volunteer Activities are cancelled until further notice.
  • All Reservations for MetroParks Reservable Facilities  Until such time as the "Stay at Home" order is cancelled , and the number of people permitted to gather Order is cancelled, many questions regarding future reservations at a MetroParks facility exist.  If you have specific questions about your upcoming reservation please direct those questions to info@YourMetroParks.net or call 513-867-5835.  MetroParks can assist you in moving your reservation to a date further in the future at no penalty.  Additionally, if you are unable to identify a future date, MetroParks will cancel your reservation with no penalty and return any fees collected to date.  

 

March 16, 2020

MetroParks Update Regarding Coronavirus COVID-19

As noted in MetroParks initial statement regarding Coronavirus COVID-19, the park system continues to monitor emerging facts relative to changes and/or new orders issued by the Governor or our local County Health Commissioners as it relates to MetroParks facilities and programs.

Last night, March 15,2020, the Governor released an additional Order delivered by the State of Ohio's Director of Health. MetroParks continues to follow the Governor's orders and those of our local Butler County Health Commissioner in terms of how the order impacts programs and facilities.

Click on the link below for the State Directive issued yesterday, March 15, 2020.

March 15th State Directive - Directors Order

Effective Immediately:

  • MetroParks Outdoor Park Locations Remain Open from 8 a.m. until dusk (normal hours).
  • All MetroPark indoor facilities will be closed to the general public until further notice.  MetroParks staff remains available to help you via phone and/or email.  Call can be taken at 513.867.5835 or emails can be sent to info@yourmetroparks.net
  • All MetroParks Nature & Educational Programming is cancelled until further notice.
  • All Volunteer Activities are cancelled until further notice.
  • All Reservations for MetroParks Reservable Facilities -  This is an area in which the requirements are quickly changing in terms of social distancing.  Check back to our website for the latest information regarding compliance with the Governor's Order and/or our local County Health Commissioners as it relates to the number of individuals permitted to gather and the type of gathering permitted. 

 

March 13, 2020

MetroParks Statement Regarding Coronavirus COVID-19

MetroParks of Butler County understands there is a growing concern as the outbreak and impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve.

The park system’s highest priority has always been to keep park properties open, clean and safe. 

In doing our part to provide access to our parks, while ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of those we serve, MetroParks will be following the Governor's order as it impacts our programs and facilities.  

Click on the link below for the State Directive issued yesterday, March 12, 2020:

Director's Order to Limit and/or Prohibit Mass Gatherings in the State of Ohio - May 12, 2020

Impact on Programs & Facilities

Change related fees will be waived for those customers who want to postpone and reschedule their facility reservation. 

If the State order doesn't allow a gathering to take place at all, and an organizer prefers to cancel rather than reschedule, MetroParks will offer a complete refund of all fees and waive any cancellation fees. 

All the above may be revised as the situation changes and/or new orders are issued by the Governor or our local County Health Commissioner.

Our outdoor locations are open!

All 11 parks will be open from 8 a.m. until dusk (normal hours).  Greenspaces, trails, and nature are ready and waiting to visit with you.  Log Off. Shut Down. Get Outside!

Notice of New Alert and/or Closures at MetroParks related to Coronavirus COVID-19

For the most updated information interested parties are advised to check the MetroParks of Butler County’s website.

Click the link below:

www.YourMetroParks.net.

Then, Click on the white banner at the top of the home page for details.

Resources for more general information about COVID-19

Click on the links below:

Ohio State Department of Health
https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/

Butler County Health Department
http://health.bcohio.us/