Mill Creek MetroParks hopes to open pavilions this year

For decades people have enjoyed activities and events at Millcreek Metro Parks, but because of the pandemic much of the park was shut down due to governors orders. As spring arrives WFMJ news checks out whether extra activities will be allowed this year.

People in the region have missed an entire year of events, such as the yearly spring animal baby shower, educational camps, Halloween walks, and Mother’s Day brunch at Riverside Gardens.

But with vaccine distribution well underway and as spread of COVID-10 continues to drop in Ohio, there are hopes rentals of pavilions for receptions, reunions, and events will begin again.

The Executive Director of Millcreek Metro Parks told WFMJ news the governor’s orders extend closures until April 12th.

“We are looking to take reservations for dates that are after April 12th, with the same caveats we’ve been operating under for the past year, which is those availabilities are subject to change pending orders from the governor, Ohio Department of Health, and so on,” said Aaron Young, Executivve Director of Millcreek Metro Parks.

Mass gatherings are still banned, but events with limited capacity can take place where people can be seated, social distance and wear masks. That leaves doubts the splash pad will open later this summer, or the paddle boats.

Millcreek Metro Parks is planning in case they get a green light to provide park led programs and activities again.

Until more is known people are encouraged to enjoy the lakes, Lanterman’s Mill, the hiking and biking trails.

Young added, “We have over 47 miles of trails for people to enjoy and over 5,000 acres of property that the majority has access to, so there are plenty of outdoor adventure opportunities for people and visitors to enjoy. We hope they partake in them.”

Plus in the upcoming month you can enjoy Daffodils in bloom, or in the middle of May to early June you can take time to smell some roses at Millcreek Metro Parks Riverside Gardens.

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