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Mill Creek MetroParks to begin phased reopening

Mill Creek MetroParks will begin a phased re-opening of programs, events, and facility rentals.

The reopening is happening in accordance with the orders from the Governor’s Office, the Ohio Department of Public Health, the Mahoning County District Board of Health, and the Center for Disease Control regarding the COVID-19 virus.

All outdoor-based recreation facilities, education programs, recreation leagues, and/or events will be opened to the public beginning Tuesday, April 13, 2021.

All open-air shelters will be open for reservations on their normal seasonal schedule beginning Saturday, May 1, 2021, as well as visitation to the MetroParks Farm Animal Barns.

All indoor-related rental facilities, as well as all indoor-based education & recreation programs and events, will begin to open to the public on Friday, May 7, 2021.

All visitors will be required to follow the current orders and recommended guidelines with regards to mask-wearing, social distancing, and capacity limitations.

The following Mill Creek MetroParks locations will be open to the public effective May 7, 2021:

  • MetroParks Farm Education Building
  • D.D. & Velma Davis Education and Visitors Center
  • All Reservable Indoor Cabins & Shelters
  • Yellow Creek Lodge
  • Administration Office
  • Lanterman’s Mill

Various Mill Creek MetroParks outdoor locations are currently open and available for use including Mill Creek Park, Fellows Riverside Gardens, Sebring Woods, The MetroParks Bikeway, Mill Creek Golf Course, Wick Par-3, MetroParks Farm Disc Golf Course, and all Nature Preserves and Sanctuaries.

The MetroParks urges all visitors to continue following all guidelines from state and local health officials, such as staying home if sick or exhibiting symptoms, maintaining at least six feet apart from other visitors, avoiding congregating in groups of more than 10 individuals, practicing good hygiene by washing hands often and carrying hand sanitizer, as well as avoiding items such as handrails, park benches, and other areas frequently touched to continue in helping to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Full article at wfmj.com

Mill Creek MetroParks sets timetable for reopening of facilities

It was quiet Monday night outside the Davis Center at Mill Creek MetroParks. The displays in the gift shop are still covered with sheets. But come May 7, the Davis Center, along with Lanterman’s Mill and Pioneer Pavilion, will be open again for visitors.

The Mill Creek MetroParks Board of Commissioners Monday voted unanimously to reopen all facilities that have been closed because of COVID-19.

“All users will be required to follow the current orders of the governor,” said Executive Director Aaron Young.

Young said all rental agreements will include language stating that renters would be responsible for meeting any COVID requirements.

“I don’t want to become the mask police and the six-foot apart police. I already went through that,” Young said.

The boat docks at Lakes Newport and Glacier are permitted to reopen Tuesday, but they won’t be ready yet.

On May 1, the Slippery Rock Pavilion and the park’s other open-air shelters will be allowed to reopen.

As far as the concerts and Morely Pavilion, it was not mentioned specifically if they would or would not return, Young seemed more concerned about indoor events than those outdoors.

“I think it’s incumbent upon the person having the event to identify what their comfort level is before they solicit patrons or visitors for that event,” Young said.

As far as reopening the outdoor cafe at the Davis Center, which was being operated by Kravitz Deli, Young says that will likely happen eventually.

Here is a breakdown of the re-opening timeline:

  • It will be a phased-in reopening with everything open by May 7.
  • The reopening will begin Tuesday, April 13 – all outdoor-based recreational facilities, outdoor education programs, rec leagues and events will be allowed effective Tuesday.
  • May 1 – all open-air shelters can be used and visitation resumes at MetroParks Farm animal barns
  • May 7 – Indoor facilities reopen with limited restrictions, this includes those used for rentals, education and recreation, and the following: MetroParks Farm Education Building, D.D. & Velma Davis Education and Visitors Center, all reservable indoor cabins & shelters, Yellow Creek Lodge, Administration Office, Lanterman’s Mill

Full article at wkbn.com

Mill Creek MetroParks to begin Phased Re-Opening

Mill Creek MetroParks, in accordance with the orders from the Governor’s Office, the Ohio Department of Public Health, the Mahoning County District Board of Health, and the Center for Disease Control regarding the COVID-19 virus, will begin a phased re-opening of programs, events, and facility rentals. All outdoor based recreation facilities, education programs, recreation leagues, and/or events will be opened to the public beginning Tuesday, April 13, 2021. All open-air shelters will be open for reservations on their normal seasonal schedule beginning Saturday, May 1, 2021, as well as visitation to the MetroParks Farm Animal Barns. All indoor related rental facilities, as well as all indoor based education & recreation programs and events, will begin to open to the public on Friday, May 7, 2021. All visitors will be required to follow the current orders and recommended guidelines with regards to mask wearing, social distancing and capacity limitations.

The following Mill Creek MetroParks locations will be open to the public effective May 7, 2021:

  • MetroParks Farm Education Building
  • D.D. & Velma Davis Education and Visitors Center
  • All Reservable Indoor Cabins & Shelters
  • Yellow Creek Lodge
  • Administration Office
  • Lanterman’s Mill

Various Mill Creek MetroParks outdoor locations are currently open and available for use including Mill Creek Park, Fellows Riverside Gardens, Sebring Woods, The MetroParks Bikeway, Mill Creek Golf Course, Wick Par-3, MetroParks Farm Disc Golf Course, and All Nature Preserves and Sanctuaries.

The MetroParks urges all visitors to continue following all guidelines from state and local health officials, such as staying home if sick or exhibiting symptoms, maintaining at least six feet apart from other visitors, avoiding congregating in groups of more than 10 individuals, practicing good hygiene by washing hands often and carrying hand sanitizer, as well as avoiding items such as handrails, park benches, and other areas frequently touched to continue in helping to stop the spread of COVID-19.