Cleveland Metroparks is taking additional steps across the Park District to encourage social distancing and help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Beginning today, Cleveland Metroparks will be closing several roads from motorists to provide park users with more space for bicycling, running and hiking.
“Cleveland Metroparks has experienced a surge of park visitors over the past several weeks,” said Brian M. Zimmerman, Cleveland Metroparks CEO. “We want to keep our parks open and be of service to the community during this difficult time but we need everyone to follow proper social distancing. These additional steps will effectively turn some of our roads into 20-foot-wide trails to encourage people to spread out and provide proper distance between other park users.”
Beginning today, the following roadways will be closed from motorists to allow for use by pedestrians and bicyclists:
• Meadows Drive will be closed to motorists (open to pedestrians/bicyclists) between Chippewa Creek Drive and Valley Parkway
Rocky River Reservation:
• Valley Parkway will be closed from motorists (open to pedestrians/bicyclists) from Spafford Road to Berea Falls
• Hogsback Lane will be closed from motorists (open to pedestrians/bicyclists)
• Rockcliffe Drive will be closed from motorists (open to pedestrians/bicyclists)
South Chagrin Reservation:
• Hawthorn Parkway will be closed from motorists (open to pedestrians/bicyclists) between Route 91 and Arbor Lane
In addition, several outdoor areas and amenities where space is limited will be closed for the immediate future including:
• Edgewater Pier
• Euclid Beach Pier
• Fort Hill Stairs
• Squire’s Castle
• Restrictions to picnic areas
Several parking lots will also have restrictions to help mitigate crowds in high traffic areas. Guests visiting the parks should anticipate impacts. Updated major closures are available at clevelandmetroparks.com.
“While some of these measures will temporarily impact the park experience, our number one priority is to provide the community with a place where they can enjoy Cleveland Metroparks in a safe manner,” said Zimmerman.
Cleveland Metroparks and Cleveland Metroparks Zoo’s upcoming programs and events remain canceled. For all information on impacts visit: clevelandmetroparks.com/COVID-19.
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