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COVID-19 Updates

We’re In This Together.

Metroparks will continue to provide places for respite and exercise during the ongoing health crisis. Visitors must observe the state mandate for Social Distancing. Give others 6-10 feet distance, and have a mask with you for situations when it is difficult to keep that distance. If you are sick, stay home and take care of yourself.


Latest Updates

Metroparks Are Open

The 17 Metroparks, restrooms, campgrounds, rental facilities and kayak concessions are open. Park hours: 7 a.m. to dark.

Recent Announcements

  • Rental facilities are now available. Please see information below
  • Playgrounds are permitted to open June 10. See below
  • Water fountains remain off; please bring your own water
  • Campgrounds and cabins are open.
  • The kayak concession at Farnsworth is open when river conditions allow. The kayak share at Middlegrounds is open.
  • Restrooms are now open. Restrooms are closed during cleaning.
  • The dog park at Middlegrounds is now open when conditions allow; it is closed when it is too wet/muddy to protect the turf
  • Parking may be limited and some areas may be closed to alleviate crowding

Please scroll down for additional information. For camping, kayaking and activities, please see the Home page.

Indoor and Outdoor Rental Facilities

You can now reserve indoor and outdoor facilities in the Metroparks, with updated guidelines to comply with Responsible ReStart Ohio mandates. 

  • Reservations may be made up to 365 calendar days in advance. Standard cancellation policy applies
  • Reservations will be limited to facility maximum guests, allowing for no more than 10 people per table, with 6 feet of distancing between tables
  • Metroparks staff will set-up, tear-down and sanitize all tables and chairs; a $25 fee applies for indoor facilities
  • Additional Metroparks social distancing strategies may impact events, including limited parking
  • Rangers will be present to support visitors and ensure compliance. Violations may lead to reduction of guests, increased social distancing, or in the unlikely case of egregious violations, immediate dismissal of event without refund

To make reservations, select your facility and reserve online or call 419-407-9700

For complete Responsible ReStart Ohio guidelines applicable to Metroparks Toledo rentals, please visit: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/static/responsible/Restaurants-and-Bars.pdf

Playgrounds

Under the ReStart Ohio plan, playgrounds are permitted to reopen Wednesday, June 10.

All Metroparks playgrounds will be sanitized with disinfectant each morning with a pump sprayer and allowed to air dry.

  • Wash hands before and after playing on playground structures (soap and water is available at restrooms)
  • Observe social distancing as much possible
  • Masks are highly recommended while using playgrounds to protect others
  • Stay Safe

Be Safe in the Metroparks

Expect heavy-use at parks, and consider coming back another time or exploring to other parks.

Come alone or with members of your household. If you are not feeling well, please stay home and take care of yourself.

Always give others space—6-10 feet; when social distancing is difficult, please wear a mask

On trails: Walk, run and bike in single file on trails to give others room, and give warning when passing.

Please be kind to everyone, and give our Rangers a friendly wave. The parks are open to relieve stress and give us all safe space.

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Blue ribbons on entrance signs and patrol cars are a show of appreciation for everyone who has worked throughout the pandemic to keep our parks open and our community safe. These front-line workers and healthcare professionals deserve our thanks and support.


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Timeline of Announcements

June 4 -  Ohio Dept. of Health announces playgrounds can reopen June 10

June 1 - Facility reservations will reopen following state guidelines for bars, restaurants and banquet halls, including limited capacity to facilitate social distancing.

May 29 - The Oho Department of Health extends the order that keeps playgrounds closed until July 1

May 14 - The Lt. Governor announces that campgrounds are permitted to reopen May 21

May 9 - Restrooms reopen district wide with additional cleaning protocols

May 1 - The dog park at Middlegrounds reopens

April 21 - The Bancroft Street Entrance to Toledo Botanical Garden will be one of four COVID-19 test sites in Lucas County. The area remains closed except for people who preregister

April 15 - Westwinds Metropark opens for the season

April - Facility closures and program cancellations extended until at least June 1 

April 6 - Side Cut Metropark will remain open for visitors, including walleye fishing. The City of Maumee announced it is restricting access to the Maumee River

April 3 - Middlegrounds off-leash dog area to remain closed through April.

April 2 - The Ohio Department of Health has extended the Stay at Home/Essential Business Only Order until May 1. Parks continue to be exempt, but social distancing rules apply. To reduce crowd size, some parking has been closed at Wildwood.

April 1 - Guest editorial published in The Blade by Johnathon Ross, president of the Lucas County Board of Health, and Dave Zenk, executive director of Metroparks Toledo. Parking areas to be blocked at Wildwood to reduce the number of people in the park at one time.

March 30 - With warmer weather and heavier park usage anticipated, Rangers will limit parking at Wildwood and may close parks or areas of parks as necessary to prevent crowding.

March 25 - Because of forecast warmer weather and anticipated heavy use, additional advisories issued regarding Social Distancing.

March 24 - Parks remain open, restrooms are closed. Portable restrooms cleaned twice daily are available for "emergency" use. (Note that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources has closed Magee Marsh, as well as all State Park Campgrounds, restrooms, boat launches and other facilities.

March 23 - Effective Tuesday, March 24, park restrooms will be closed. Parks remain open

March 22 - Ohio Department of Health issues Stay at Home order; mandates publicly accessible playgrounds be closed. Gov. Mike DeWine specifically calls out State Parks and Metroparks as appropriate exceptions to the order, but stresses the importance of practicing Social Distancing.

March 19 - Effective this date, all playgrounds in the Metroparks are closed until further notice. The off-leash dog area at Middlegrounds is also closed. Parks remain open. Hand washing stations are being placed at trailheads.

March 18 - The Board of Park Commissioners meeting scheduled for today was canceled. At the close of business today, the administrative offices will be closed until further notice. Administrative staff will work from their homes.

March 17 - Drive-thru testing by local health officials begins at Toledo Botanical Garden. The Garden is open to the public except that area of the Bancroft Parking Lot where testing is taking place.

March 16 - The period of program cancellations and facility closures is extended at least through April. Administrative offices are closed to the public. Hand-washing stations have been placed at playgrounds. Toledo Botanical Garden, Bancroft entrance, will a coronavirus testing location for patients referred by their doctor. Staff are advised to cancel all non-essential in-person meetings and to work from home if they can.

March 13 - All Metroparks remain open regular hours. All programs are cancelled and all indoor facilities are closed at least through the end of March. Restrooms will remain open.

March 12 - All facilities with a capacity of 100 or more people are closed effective immediately.