COVID-19 Update and Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks response

As part of our commitment to the health and wellbeing of our visitors and staff, Metro Parks is carefully monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation occurring across the nation, and now in Ohio. We take this situation seriously and are in regular contact with health and other state and local agencies for information and guidance.

The health and safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff is Metro Parks’ top priority. At this time, all parks are open from 6:30am to 8pm and all programs are canceled and all nature centers are closed. We are complying with CDC guidelines on mass gatherings of no more than 10 people.

Additionally, Metro Parks staff have been notified about illness prevention, including the CDC’s recommendation of everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs.

Please direct all public inquires to For media inquiries, call 614.895.6365 or
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26 thoughts on “COVID-19 Update and Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks response

  1. Hello,

    I fervently hope that the parks will stay open to hiking on the trails. They are a fine respite.

    Good luck.

  2. Do the refund rates still apply given current circumstances? I have a lodge rented next month but we won’t know if we are able to go forth with the party given the fact we aren’t sure what things will be like in a month, and the party is for a first birthday. Will I still only get 90% of my refund back if I cancel within 30 days, and only 25% back with less than 30 days? We are two days away from our 30 day mark and trying to get a plan together.


  3. I just saw a post on Facebook of a sign at Walnut Woods that ALL Metro Parks will be closed starting 3/19.

    I agree with prior posts that LEAVING THEM OPEN gives us a place to walk, exercise ourselves and our cooped up pets WITHOUT a mob so that we can still practice social distancing.

    At this point, I think we’re going too far!

    1. Hi, sorry for the confusion. At this time, all 19 Metro Parks will be open from 6:30am to 8pm daily. They are not closed.

  4. I am very thankful for our Metro Parks. Thank you for the great park system we have. I do have a question on restroom cleaning. It could be a convenient way for the spread of COVID-19 if the restrooms are not maintained and cleaned ongoing throughout the day. What precautions are being taken to ensure safety of the restrooms?

    1. Hi! Metro Parks are taking recommended precautions to provide a safe environment for visitors. Staff are trained and experienced in the universal practices and standards for cleaning and sanitation of public facilities. We are cleaning and disinfecting the restrooms multiple times per day.

  5. Thank you so much! I got out and hiked, even more, this weekend. tracked 20 miles in two days and saw a red tail fox, which was the highlight of my hike!

  6. I have a question regarding Clear Creek Metro Park. My family and I were planning to take a day trip there, but we weren’t sure about restroom facilities. Will restrooms remain open now that the Governor’s stay at home order is in effect? Going an hour away to a park with three kids without a restroom available would be a challenge.

  7. So there is some confusion about the parks being opened. I would like to go to one of the parks with my family. Is all the parks essentially open but all their events/ activities Are cancelled right ?

    1. Hi, Karen. At this time, all Metro Parks are open. You are correct – programs are canceled and nature centers are closed. We are complying with the Ohio Department of Health Director’s Stay at Home Order and are in the process of closing all playgrounds, natural play areas, stand alone swings, obstacle courses, stretch racks, zip lines and basketball courts.

    1. Hi, Abby. Per the Ohio Department of Health Director’s stay at home order, section 5C, all playgrounds are closed. Thanks!

  8. We need to practice social distancing while staying healthy. How are people supposed to fight illness when unfit? Closing the workout areas is already outdoors , closing these areas is overkill.

  9. Quick question: Sharon Woods has a sign that says 6:30 to 8 effective through April 30. At that time will the hours change? Thanks for all you do!

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