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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, but visitors must observe the state mandate for Social Distancing. Only visit parks for short periods, alone or with members of your household, and give others 6-10 feet distance. Stay home if you are sick.


Latest Updates—April 6

Metroparks Open; Restrooms, Playgrounds Closed

Get Outside BY YOURSELF. The Metroparks are still here for you. Parks are currently considered appropriate places to go during the Stay at Home Order, but only if we all keep a safe distance from one another.

We can continue to enjoy the parks if we observe the social distancing rules, wash our hands and stay home if we are sick with cold-like symptoms. Working together as a community, we can keep our parks open.

Hours: 7 a.m. to dark

  • Parking may be limited and some areas may be closed to alleviate crowding
  • Restrooms are closed for your health and the health of our staff. Portable restrooms, cleaned twice a day, are for “emergency” use only
  • Playgrounds are closed statewide; FitPark at Wildwood is closed
  • Campgrounds and all indoor facilities are closed
  • The Elmer Drive entrance to Toledo Botanical Garden is open, but the Bancroft entrance is closed
  • Westwinds is not yet open for the season
  • Soap and water hand-washing stations have been placed at trailheads
  • Please bring your own water 

Maumee River Walleye Fishing

Metroparks has worked with other jurisdictions and public health officials to reduce crowding and encourage social distancing at all parks. Park law-enforcement is onsite every day to ensure compliance with the state mandates. Park visitors have responded with responsible behaviors that demonstrate their commitment to the health of others.

Governor Mike DeWine recently clarified that fishing is permitted under the Stay at Home Order if proper social distancing is practiced.

Metroparks continues to be vigilant, and we ask for the public’s ongoing cooperation to keep our parks open in accordance with the current state order.

There are access points to Maumee River fishing in multiple jurisdictions, including Side Cut Metropark. Because of parking restrictions implemented by the City of Maumee, access to Side Cut will be limited. The park remains open, including parking locations at the Fallen Timbers Monument and Wayne Street entrance to the park. We encourage all visitors to continue using the parks while complying with social distancing and other public health guidelines.

Keep Parks Open - Use Them Safely

Parks can stay open if we practice Social Distancing, say Dr. Johnathon Ross, president of the Lucas County Health Board, and Dave Zenk, executive director of Metoparks Toledo. Full Story>

Some National Parks, Magee Marsh Wildlife Area and Hocking Hills State Park here in Ohio and local parks in other states had to close because of concern for public health. Metroparks are exempt under the Ohio order, but the decision to stay open is up to us. Park Rangers may restrict access when necessary for public safety.

Expect heavy-use parks such as Wildwood, and activities such as walleye fishing at Side Cut, to be busy. Consider going to other parks.

Come alone or with members of your household.

Give others space—6-10 feet.

Walk 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.


Closures and Cancellations

In consultation with public health officials, Metroparks is taking the following additional steps to protect the health of park visitors and employees.

  • Campgrounds and all indoor facilities are closed
  • Playgrounds are closed statewide; FitPark at Wildwood is closed
  • The Elmer Drive entrance to Toledo Botanical Garden is open, but the Bancroft entrance is closed
  • Restrooms are closed for your health and the health of our staff. Portable restrooms, cleaned twice a day, are for “emergency” use only
  • Westwinds is not yet open for the season
  • Some park areas may be closed for a variety of reasons. Soap and water hand-washing stations have been placed at trailheads
  • Under the Stay at Home order, Park Rangers, as law enforcement officers, have authority to enforce the Social Distancing rule. Maintaining a safe distance from others is vital to the health of the community.

Timeline of Announcements

April 6Side Cut Metropark will remain open for visitors, including walleye fishing. The City of Maumee announced it is restricting access to the Maumee River and posting No Parking on surrounding streets.

April 1Guest 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 30With 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.