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Updated July 6, 2020

Beginning today, Motor Vehicle Permits will be required to enter MetroParks.  Motor Vehicle Permits (MVPs) are always FREE to Butler County Resident..  Non-Resident MVPs are $5 daily/$10 Annually.   At this time MVPs are available at MetroParks Administrative Office, located at 2051 Timberman Road, Hamilton, OH   45013, Monday-Friday from 10 am until 2 pm.  They are also available from booth attendants when booths are manned and/or from any MetroPark Ranger. 

Updated June 10, 2020

Below please find the most current listing What's Open and What's Closed

What's OPEN

  • All regularly opened MetroParks parks and trails are open from 8 am until dark.
  • Portalets are available at each open park location.
  • The northern most pay lake at Voice of America MetroPark continues to waive fees, normally collected, and is permitting FREE "Catch & Release" fishing.
  • Launch Fees, at the northern most lake at Voice of America MetroPark, normally collected, for hand carried Watercraft are being waived to provide additional access to water recreation.
  • Motor Vehicle Permits continue to be waived at all MetroParks of Butler County locations.
  • Virtual programming and activities are being offered on MetroParks website by MetroParks Park Connections staff.
  • June 1, MetroParks Administration Office, located at 2051 Timberman Rd., Hamilton, OH 45013 is now open to the public Monday - Friday, 10:00 am-2 pm.
  • June 8, the Practice Fields at Voice of America MetroPark and the Line Hill Area of Renstschler Forest MetroPark, may be reserved and rented for training as defined by required safety protocols outlined by the Ohio Department of Health.  The fields at the Athletic Complex at Voice of America MetroPark may also be reserved and rented for training.  Reservations for field use must be coordinated with MetroParks Visitors Services at 513-867-5835.
  • June 11, select campsites at Dry Fork Campground located at Governor Bebb MetroPark will open. Campsite reservations are required. No Walk-ins are permitted.  Campers need to adhere to the State's new health and safety orders, and camping is limited to household units of 10 people or fewer.  No congregating with neighboring campers will be permitted.  Firewood must to be purchased from MetroParks prior to arrival.  Reservations can be coordinated with MetroParks Visitors Services at 513-867-5835.
  • June 13, all playgrounds at MetroParks locations will re-open.

What's CLOSED

  • In-person programs and events have been cancelled until further notice.  The Crazy Cardboard Regatta has unfortunately been cancelled for 2020.
  • All water fountains are turned off, so bring a water bottle with you.
  • No Shelter Reservations are being taken until further notice.
  • MetroParks Banquet Center, within the Ronald Reagan Lodge, At Voice of America MetroPark remains closed to the public until further notice.
  • Other than the MetroParks Administration Office, all indoor facilities remain closed to the public until further notice.

 

Updated June 1, 2020

Beginning today, Monday, June 1, 2020, the MetroParks Administrative Office located at 2051 Timberman Road, Hamilton, Ohio 45013 will be open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

  • MetroParks continues to monitor the orders of the Governor and the Butler County Health Commissioner and is working to re-open additional facilities as permitted in a safe manner.
  • In the meantime, all parks remain open from 8 a.m. until dark for your enjoyment. 
  • Fees for Motor Vehicle Permits, Catch and Release Fishing Fees at Voice of America MetroPark and Hand Carried Watercraft at Voice of America MetroPark are still waived to enable you to enjoy the park facilities. 
  • Watch our Daily Virtual Programming Videos on FaceBook or our website at this this link:  https://www.yourmetroparks.net/log-off.-shut-down.-get-outside

Stay tuned for more to come as new information becomes available!

 


Updated May 1, 2020

MetroParks Update Regarding Coronavirus COVID-19

MetroParks of Butler County continues to follow the orders of the Governor and the Butler County Health Commissioner with concern for the safety of all Park Customer/Owners and MetroParks Staff. On April 30, 2020 Amy Acton, MD, MPH, Director of the Ohio Department of Public Health issued a “Stay Safe Ohio” Order, see the full order in the link below, to remain in full force and effect until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 29, 2020.  Additional updates will be posted as changes occur and new information becomes available.

Director of the Ohio Department of Health April 30, 2020 "Stay Safe Ohio" Order

ONGOING:

  • All MetroParks playgrounds will remain closed until further notice
  • 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. 
  • 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 not from your household while in the park and elsewhere. 
  • Overcrowded Park Areas 
    For the health and safety of you and your family, leave overcrowded park areas.  Choose a less visited park or park area instead. Concerns about overcrowded park areas can be reported to a Ranger with the Metroparks Division of Public Safety at DPS-LE@yourmetroparks.net 
  • 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 through June 1, 2020.
    Please check back for updates regarding programs scheduled beyond June 1, 2020
  • 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.  

 

April 6, 2020

MetroParks Update Regarding Coronavirus COVID-19

Thursday, April 2, 2020, Amy Acton, MD, MPH, Director of the Ohio Department of Public Health issued a “Stay at Home” Order, see the full order in the link below, to remain in full force and effect until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 1, 2020. MetroParks of Butler County continues to follow the orders of the Governor and the Butler County Health Commissioner relative to how they impact MetroParks programs and facilities.

Director of the Ohio Department of Health April 2, 2020 “Stay at Home” Order

ONGOING:

  • All MetroParks playgrounds will remain closed until further notice
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • Overcrowded Park Areas 
    For the health and safety of you and your family, leave overcrowded park areas.  Choose a less visited park or park area instead. Concerns about overcrowded park areas can be reported to a Ranger with the Metroparks Division of Public Safety at DPS-LE@yourmetroparks.net
  • 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 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/