March 23, 2020

Park District playgrounds off limits

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OWENSVILLE – In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and orders from the Ohio Department of Health, the Clermont Park District has closed its playgrounds to the public.

While parks and nature preserves – including walking paths, hiking trails and river accesses – remain open for the public to enjoy with responsible social distancing from sunrise to dusk every day, playgrounds are now off limits until at least April 7, 2020.

The Park District operates playgrounds at Sycamore Park in Batavia and Chilo Lock 34 Park in Chilo, as well as the first certified inclusive playground in Clermont County at Shor Park in Union Township.

“We are closing these play facilities to comply with the state and to help ensure the safety and health of our guests and our staff,” said Chris Clingman, Park District Director. “Our playgrounds are popular features of our parks, but they are too susceptible to close contact with other people, which could facilitate the spread of coronavirus.

“We hope people will take advantage of our trails, paths and open spaces to get a respite from the new stay-at-home order issued for Ohio March 22, but we want them to do so safely and help keep the virus in check.”

Park District restrooms have been closed, but there will be a port-a-potty available in each of the parks.

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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