March 12, 2020

Pancakes in the Park postponed

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OWENSVILLE – The Clermont Park District indefinitely postponed its annual Pancakes in the Park celebration originally scheduled for 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 14.

The growing coronavirus (COVID 19) crisis led to the decision to postpone the 15th annual event at Pattison Lodge, the sugar shack and sugar bush trail.

“It’s an unfortunate and unprecedented situation, but we’re always going to err on the side of the safety and health of our guests,” said Chris Clingman, Park District Director. “We’ve been working closely with Clermont County Public Health in making this decision.”

The Park District is following the directive of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, who instituted a ban public gatherings of 100 people or more for the foreseeable future.

“We are doing the things we are doing because we have the potential to become like Italy,” DeWine said on March 11. “We are taking the actions we are taking now to try to avoid that.

“The situation will get bad before it gets better, but it is in our hands to determine what the outcome will be.”

In addition to Pancakes in the Park, the Winter Lecture Series: Reading the Landscape of Clermont County, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday March 19 at Pattison Lodge will be postponed as well.

Beyond cancellations, the Park District maintenance staff has instituted a series of daily disinfectant protocols for public spaces, including Pattison Lodge, Hartman Cabin, Chilo Lock 34 Visitors Center and all Park District restroom facilities.

For more information on COVID 19 in Ohio, check the state site here (which is updated daily at about 2 p.m.). Clermont Public Health has a COVID 19 section on its website as well.

Mark D. Motz is the Community Relations Manager for the Clermont County Park District. A native Cincinnatian, he has worked for more than 25 years as an award-winning journalist and public relations professional. Away from work, he enjoys photography, theater and spending time with his nine godchildren.

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