March 19, 2020

Coronavirus forces Park District Changes

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OWENSVILLE – In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Clermont Park District has modified its business operations.

The Park District will conduct business during its normal hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, but offices are closed to the public. To reach the business office, please call 513-732-2977 or write parkdistrict@clemontcountyohio.gov.

Guests may pay for a facility rental by mail or over the phone. Viewings of the Pattison Lodge and Hartman Cabin have been discontinued until further notice. Please call the Park District office for any additional information on facility rentals at 513-732-2977.

The Chilo Lock 34 Park Visitor Center and Museum will be closed until further notice. Yurt rentals at Chilo have been suspended and all interpretive naturalist programs throughout the Park District have been cancelled as well.

Our parks and nature preserves – including walking paths, hiking trails and river accesses – remain open for the public to enjoy. Hours are sunrise to dusk, seven days a week.

“This is an unprecedented situation and one that is changing rapidly, so we’re doing the best we can to ensure the safety and health of our guests and our staff,” said Chris Clingman, Park District Director. “We have been – and will continue – to work closely with Clermont County Public Health to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.”

The Park District maintenance staff has instituted a series of daily disinfectant protocols for all public and rental spaces, including Pattison Lodge, Hartman Cabin 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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