As the COVID-19 pandemic moves forward, the Clermont Park District continues adjusting its services to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
On April 2, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced a new order to take effect April 7, extending and revising the state’s previous stay-at-home order through May 1.
“This is a difficult time for everybody,” said Chris Clingman, Park District Director. “We are sorry about the uncertainly, but are grateful so many people choose to make the Park District a part of daily lives, even in a pandemic.
“However, we have to comply with the state and do what we can to slow down the spread of this disease. We need your help to keep the parks a safe place for you to get some fresh air and exercise, so please maintain the social distancing standards when visiting a park.”
The Park District has already suspended all public programming and events – a policy that will now continue through May 1 – closed the visitor center at Chilo Lock 34 Park, closed offices to the public, ceased yurt rentals, shut down playgrounds, tennis courts, basketball courts and picnic shelters. Permanent restroom facilities are also closed, but port-a-potties are available.
“We’ve made these closures to comply with the state and county and to protect the safety and health of our guests and our staff,” Clingman said.
Parks and nature preserves – including walking paths, hiking trails and river accesses – remain open for the public to enjoy with proper social distancing. Hours are sunrise to dusk seven days a week.
Park District naturalists Robin Green and Joe Scharf created a brief video to illustrate just how far six feet is to maintain social distancing standards. Check it out right here.
For questions about the Park District, please write to email@example.com.
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.