As we wrote in our other Social Distancing blog posts about exploring our local parks, we continue to be fortunate to have had no illness or death in our family.
We are writing this blog post to:
First, encourage ourselves to learn about and explore parks that we have not visited before, or further explore past favorites.
Secondly, capture some of what we learn to share with others now, and to use in future years to remind us of how fortunate we are to have so many great park systems in our area.
We are both sad about activities we love being canceled for 2020, but we want to acknowledge all that we have gained in terms of time together learning about local parks and about each other.
We start this blog post with information about how to be safe in the parks during this coronavirus crisis. We also want to note that we added at the end of the blog post information about camping opportunities in our local park systems. Please share what you find useful by retweeting the tweets in this blog post, and sharing a link to this post. Thank you!
Enjoying Parks Safely During the Coronavirus Crisis
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Northeast Ohioans have a huge park system to use, and area parks are trying to get the word out to visitors to follow certain guidelines to prevent spread of the coronavirus. These guidelines, if followed, could prevent the parks from needing to make further closures or restrictions due to overcrowding or other unsafe conditions.
The video above lists 10 tips based on CDC guidance as well as local park recommendations for staying safe on your next visit. Below are links to COVID-19 updates from Cleveland-area park systems.
We highly recommend watching the video in John Pana's Cleveland.com article, and then using the article as a starting point for learning what facilities are closed in parks. Through his article, you will not only learn what is currently open or closed, but since he lists the all the local park systems, you may learn about a new park to visit. The day you go to a park, we recommend visiting the park's coronavirus update web page for the most current information. Please share his video with others by sending it to others, or by retweeting its link from one of the following tweets. Safety is important.
10 tips for a safe park visit. Thank you for helping keep our parks open! @NatlParkService @NRPA_news @FixOurParksUS @clevemetroparks @CVNPNPS @OhioFindItHere @OECanalway @OhioStateParks @LakeMetroparks @GeaugaParks @metro_parks https://t.co/CyPbr7qtfF— John Pana (@JohnPanaCLE) April 17, 2020
Well done, @JohnPanaCLE!!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) May 6, 2020
I shared @JohnPanaCLE video of good advice on safe park visits.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) May 17, 2020
I now found his full article of useful info: https://t.co/RzGla3ofQ5
I’ve been visiting many parks lately https://t.co/nkuC1laK12
https://t.co/ThRNrsCe9t )https://t.co/5ScaF8LblY https://t.co/1Lguln4btz pic.twitter.com/417Ggtv4V7
We learned about John Pana's safety video by following @JohnPanaCLE on Twitter -- if you are interesting in hiking, biking, and other fun outdoor activities in our community, be sure to follow @JohnPanaCLE for more videos. After seeing the following tweets, we learned about more outdoor fun ideas!
@JohnPanaCLE @ClevelandDotCom, I love your video & how you provide maps— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 29, 2020
Thanks, @Bike_CLE for sharing!
In the east side part of the video, I recognized many places I’ve seen in @metro_parks @CVNPNPS/@forcvnp @CleveMetroparks while on @HikeTheBT https://t.co/WK3Ef7U0hS https://t.co/7Q2nUoAa4K pic.twitter.com/xhHLAE4HKc
A bike ride from Rocky River to Solon? This 53-mile bike ride combines the Cleveland Metroparks All Purpose Trail, the #TowpathTrail and the Summit Bike & Hike Trail. @clevemetroparks @CVNPNPS @metro_parks @Bike_CLE @CenturyCycles @NOACA_MPO @OECanalway https://t.co/LtCcrOG9TI— John Pana (@JohnPanaCLE) April 27, 2020
Cuyahoga Valley National Park update: Hikers are asked to use loop trails in a clockwise direction only. This limits encounters with other visitors. Please be flexible if you encounter a crowded location and choose another park location. @forcvnp @CVNPNPS https://t.co/Lwun9JtxBr— John Pana (@JohnPanaCLE) April 10, 2020
If you want to get some exercise, these 5 hiking trails in the @clevemetroparks are a great place to start. Please remember to maintain a distance of at least 6 feet between you and other hikers so that our park trails can stay open! https://t.co/YIW5f5PQlD— John Pana (@JohnPanaCLE) April 10, 2020
Also, please note that some parks are encouraging people to follow their trails in a certain direction:
I did not know this. Thanks, @metro_parks. I will make note of direction of travel the next time I am in a @metro_parks.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 29, 2020
While I was walking on the @HikeTheBT’s Buckeye Trail/@OECanalway I saw signs in @CVNPNPS suggesting walking clockwise where possible. https://t.co/hWukGQdpk5 pic.twitter.com/1JpujhRnkv
Did you know? Most Summit Metro Parks loop trails are marked for one-way travel, helping visitors maintain safe distance from each other during #COVID19. The sign at the beginning of the trail, as well as the trail marker icons, indicate the direction of travel. #StopTheSpread pic.twitter.com/uhOS0idNUz— Summit Metro Parks (@metro_parks) April 6, 2020
On May 13, 2020, we followed the Summit Metro Parks directional signs that we learned about via these tweets.
Friday, April 24, 2020 - Chagrin River Park - Lake Metroparks
CHAGRIN RIVER PARK
The Chagrin River runs through this park located in the communities of Eastlake & Willoughby.
Most of the park's natural areas are made up of dense shrubs with pockets of mature forest bordering wetland areas. Look for great blue herons, kingfishers, bank swallows and sandpipers near the river. Two wetland areas support frogs, salamanders and a variety of songbirds. The seasonal wetland near the picnic shelter serves as a haven for great blue heron and ducks, such as mallards and blue-winged teal. Park land on the east and west bank of the Chagrin River are linked by a pedestrian bridge. Access is provided to more than 2.83 miles of trails.
Anglers will enjoy fishing along the banks of the Chagrin River. An Ohio fishing license is required to fish in the Chagrin River.
The site is named the Reeve Village site for the property's owner, Dr. George N. Reeve. People living here between 1250 and 1500 AD have been named the Whittlesey Culture after the archaeologist Charles Whittlesey, who found evidence of earthworks along the Chagrin River just downstream from this park. During several excavations, a variety of artifacts including clay vessels, bird bone beads, projectile points, scrapers and a large number of smoking or ceremonial pipes were found. These can now be seen at the Indian Museum of Lake County.
Sunny day for a walk!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 24, 2020
Today I visit @LakeMetroparks #ChagrinRiver Park for 1st time.
Relaxing walk enjoying river & seeing deer.
I have been #SocialDistancing in a lot of parks since the #coronavirus crisis started!
Relaxing sunny day for a walk in @LakeMetroparks #ChagrinRiver Park https://t.co/3WbftF936E— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 24, 2020
Park walking is a great way for all of us to deal with the stress caused by the #coronavirus crisis!
Everyone is practicing #SocialDistancing so that the parks can stay open. pic.twitter.com/u4GCZ5OJSm
Monday, April 27, 2020 - Acacia Reservation - Cleveland Metroparks
Acacia Reservation, a 155-acre green space oasis, is located in the City of Lyndhurst. The west branch of Euclid Creek flows northwest through Acacia Reservation to join the main creek branch in Euclid Creek Reservation. A 1.7-mile paved loop trail is located in the Reservation, and the building at the main entrance is currently available to rent for programming and events.
Sunny day for my afternoon walk in a park.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 27, 2020
Today visit @CleveMetroparks #AcaciaReservation. https://t.co/Z6aVHCtPhX
People #SocialDistancing while enjoying the open space in the sun. pic.twitter.com/SX8ZObgV5C
Tuesday, April 28, 2020 - Holbrook Hollows - Geauga Park District
VALLEYS & SCENIC HILLSIDES CREATE
NATURAL HOLLOWS TO EXPLORE
This 131-acre park provides access to Cleveland Metroparks’ South Chagrin Reservation bridle trail. Four trails total 2.8 miles. Features opening in 2019 include a reservable lodge with a back garage door that opens to a unique tiered patio with a fire pit, as well as a nearby Nature-themed/based playground with hillside slides and agility ropes.
Enjoyed beautiful trails at @GeaugaParks’ #HolbrookHollows. https://t.co/Tw8RZ0quT1— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 28, 2020
We were having such a good time, we ended up walking all the side trails in addition to main trail. Very nice.
Great to do #SocialDistancing park walks during the #coronavirus crisis! pic.twitter.com/MzVKI6NcHd
Interesting to learn that @GeaugaParks Holbrook Hollows main trail connects to a @CleveMetroparks horse trail that leads one way to Chagrin Falls Village and the other direction to @CleveMetroparks South Chagrin Reservation. https://t.co/Tw8RZ0quT1https://t.co/5G2xOH5D50 pic.twitter.com/6cT0F7kWud— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 28, 2020
Wednesday, April 29, 2020 - Huntington Reservation - Cleveland Metroparks
Take in Cleveland's beautiful lakefront at Huntington Reservation. Go for a hike, swim, kayak or fish!
Huntington Reservation is located in Bay Village on the shores of Lake Erie. Picnic areas high above the beach offer visitors opportunities to enjoy the striking and ever-changing lake views. The reservation is also home to two Cleveland Metroparks affiliates: Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, and BAYarts.
Huntington Reservation, acquired by Cleveland Metroparks in 1925, has been and continues to serve as the lakefront home to an extensive variety of Ohio wildlife, the site of refuge and relaxation, philanthropic ventures, educational endeavors, and host to the local arts scene.
Huntington Reservation offers many recreational and educational opportunities. Three miles of nature trails pass through a variety of habitats ranging from forest, creek, and meadow. Educational programming is provided by Rocky River Nature Center staff and Lake Erie Nature and Science Center.
Yesterday, enjoyed exploring @GeaugaParks, today at #Cleveland's beautiful #lakefront —@CleveMetroparks #HuntingtonReservation. https://t.co/0qhxi0v4sX— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 29, 2020
Interesting to learn history & see remains of train line that went from Bay Village to Toledo. https://t.co/2xDDQ2ljjQ pic.twitter.com/qF8QTWaG3S
Enjoy walking in the very beautiful arts campus of @BayArts_Ohio near #Cleveland #lakefront at @CleveMetroparks #HuntingtonReservation. https://t.co/B2dcd1Kuli https://t.co/0qhxi0v4sX— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 29, 2020
I have been #SocialDistancing in a lot of parks since the #coronavirus crisis started! pic.twitter.com/HqTp8gNQ1c
While walking on the arts campus of BAYarts, we recognized a mural in the style of one of our favorites, Rust Belt Monsters. We have often enjoyed @RustBeltMonster's live art presentations at events like Brite Winter, NEO Cycle, and Ingenuityfest Weekend. Please see what we have written that has been tagged as Rust Belt Monster blog posts to learn more about their creative artwork.
At @BayArts_Ohio, I see a mural by the @RustBeltMonster artists group.@RandyCriderArt, I see your name listed.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 29, 2020
I enjoyed @RustBeltMonster at @Britewinter & @IngenuityCLE. See https://t.co/h9dIMNKnIo
At @CleveMetroparks #HuntingtonReservation. https://t.co/0qhxi0v4sX pic.twitter.com/bzyR0Th6cG
Thank you, @BayArts_Ohio, for the shout-out!
Thank you for sharing! So glad you enjoyed our campus and practiced social distancing! https://t.co/pkAa2VnJBH— Bay Arts (@bayarts_ohio) May 6, 2020
Friday, May 1, 2020 - Sunnybrook Preserve - Geauga Park District
SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
GAMES, GET-TOGETHERS & EXERCISE
This 73-acre park was maintained for horticultural purposes for much of the 20th century. Four trails total 1.64 miles. Recreation areas include horseshoe pits, a bocce court and tetherball.
Nice cool afternoon for a hike in @GeaugaParks #SunnybrookPreserve. https://t.co/yZBcI6DLET— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) May 1, 2020
Enjoyable place to go #SocialDistancing in a park during the #coronavirus crisis. pic.twitter.com/ghDlMvPe2H
@CVNPNPS Twitter Survey
What is your favorite activity @CVNPNPS?
Survey says -- Hiking in CVNP! We agree!
What is your favorite activity @CVNPNPS? Is yours not mentioned below- comment with your favorite! #FindYourVirtualPark #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque@CVSRR @forcvnp @countrysideohio @OECanalway @canalwaycle— Cuyahoga Valley NP (@CVNPNPS) May 3, 2020
I recently enjoyed walking on @HikeTheBT’s Buckeye Trail in @metro_parks, @CVNPNPS, @OECanalway & @CleveMetroparks.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) May 3, 2020
I have hiked on many @CVNPNPS trails from when you used to have the Cuyahoga Challenge program.
I plan to be on @HikeTheBT again soon.https://t.co/WK3Ef7U0hS https://t.co/X4ehw1kohU
Thanks for the shout-out @CVNPNPS!!
What a great assortment of photos! Thanks for sharing! https://t.co/V6K9w0TDVo— Cuyahoga Valley NP (@CVNPNPS) May 3, 2020
Tuesday, May 5, 2020 - Mentor Marsh (Buckeye Trail) - Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Mentor Marsh, one of the largest natural marshes remaining along the Lake Erie shoreline, became Ohio’s first state nature preserve in 1971. The marsh is an important breeding and nursery area for several fish that live in Lake Erie. Mentor Marsh and the adjacent Headlands Dunes State Nature Preserve are among the best places in the state to witness spring migrations of songbirds. Great numbers of waterfowl also stop at the marsh during seasonal migrations, such as blue-winged teal, American wigeon, gadwall, American black duck, Northern shoveler and hooded merganser.
We hiked on the Zimmerman Trail in the Mentor Marsh Nature Preserve. This trail is part of Ohio's Buckeye Trail near its northern terminus in Headlands Beach State Park.
The history of the rehabilitation of this marsh is very interesting -- learn more on the Cleveland Museum of Natural History web page about the Mentor Marsh.
We were excited to see a bald eagle nest, and as well as several pre-adult eagles flying overhead! To learn more about the eagles and Mentor Marsh, be sure to see our blog post:
- Blog Date: May 15, 2018 - 9) Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 2018 Bald Eagle Fest at Cleveland Museum of Natural History's Mentor Marsh
Thanks, @WEWS, for good news about #eagles.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 30, 2020
I was fortunate to see an #eagle nest at the May 5, 2018 @goCMNH Bald Eagle Fest at #MentorMarsh. https://t.co/9CDHNsJQFo
@goCMNH’s nature area is a good place for a walk while #SocialDistancing https://t.co/EMqsmKgJ2u https://t.co/jWt295cg7x pic.twitter.com/5rXXAq1xfd
After @WEWS report about #eagles https://t.co/M2GgUWC2FG— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) May 5, 2020
I decided to hike today in @ohiodnr @goCMNH’s #MentorMarsh. https://t.co/4ylKdDEDhs
A great place to take a walk for some relief from #coronavirus related stress!#SocialDistancing park walks are good for #MentalHealth pic.twitter.com/BDYF9tBEw3
Thanks, @WEWS, for good news about #eagles.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 30, 2020
I was fortunate to see a #eagle nest at the May 5, 2018 @goCMNH Bald Eagle Fest at #MentorMarsh. https://t.co/9CDHNsJQFo
@goCMNH’s nature area is a good place for a walk while #SocialDistancing https://t.co/EMqsmKgJ2u https://t.co/jWt295cg7x pic.twitter.com/5rXXAq1xfd
2 eaglets spotted in nest at Mentor Marsh, a continual success story for past 11 years https://t.co/fnvNal8q8A— News 5 Cleveland (@WEWS) April 30, 2020
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 - Frohring Meadows - Geauga Park District
WETLANDS & WOODLANDS
FEATURING LOTS OF LUSH PRAIRIE HABITAT
This 298-acre park features a 100-acre prairie and trails through the woodlands. Two trails total 3.5 miles. All ages can have fun playing tetherball here.
@GeaugaParks’ Frohring Meadows — “This 298-acre park features a 100-acre prairie and trails through the woodlands. Two trails total 3.5 miles.”— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) May 6, 2020
Frohring family donated farmland and woods. The park is also developing a new wetlands area here.
@GeaugaParks’ Frohring Meadows — Another great place to take a walk for some relief from #coronavirus related stress!#SocialDistancing park walks are good for #MentalHealth.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) May 6, 2020
Thursday, May 7, 2020 - Buckeye Trail - Cleveland Metroparks, Summit Metroparks, and Cuyahoga Valley National Park
The Buckeye Trail. . .
For nearly 1444 miles, the Buckeye Trail winds around Ohio, reaching into every corner of the state. From a beachhead on Lake Erie near Cleveland, to a hilltop overlooking the Ohio River in Cincinnati, a hiker can experience a little of all that Ohio has to offer.
First envisioned in the late 1950's as a trail from the Ohio River to Lake Erie, the Buckeye Trail evolved into a large loop, branching both north and east from Cincinnati. The separate legs rejoin in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park near Cleveland, and complete the trip to the lake. Because it is a loop, it is also in essence, endless. You may start a hike at any point and hike as long as you want without ever reaching an end!
The Buckeye Trail Association . . .
The Buckeye Trail Association is a large, strong body of volunteers who maintain and promote the trail. Though the entire route is marked, the Buckeye Trail continues to change and improve. The BTA looks for ways to move road sections off the roads, and to upgrade those off-road sections to high quality trail.
If you do a search for "Buckeye Trail" in my sosAssociates.com blog posts (by clicking here), you will see that I mention this trail often. (While writing this blog post, I created a Buckeye Trail blog tag.) With The Buckeye Trail reaching all corners of the state, Ohio has the longest trail within any one state -- many people don't know this fact about Ohio!
I have been doing sections of the The Buckeye Trail's "Little Loop," and plan to eventually complete this over-250-Mile loop in northeast Ohio.
The remoteness of this [Buckeye Trail Akron] section is quite amazing. The Akron Section is one of two sections that contain very large proportions of off road trail. And only 4% is recorded on sidewalk. The other extreme section is Loveland. Both sections include urban centers.
On Thursday, May 7, 2020, starting in the Akron section of the Buckeye Trail, I first hiked to the Cleveland Metroparks Ottawa Overlook Backcountry Sites. Here is the original PDF file of the map of the Ottawa Overlook Backcountry campsites. The campsite permit is free, but be sure to read the backcountry campsite regulations and learn the Leave No Trace Principles.
I think it is really great that the @CleveMetroparks has the Ottawa Overlook Backcountry Campsites on the @HikeTheBT’s #BuckeyeTrail! https://t.co/jHhcSU7TM2— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) May 7, 2020
Leave No Trace backcountry sites: #tent sites, cooking area, food storage area to hang food in a critter safe manner pic.twitter.com/JVaRBH8izJ
Are you interested in learning more information about campsites in our local parks? Be sure to see the section we added at the end of this blog post: "Park Campsites."
Thank you, @HikeTheBT, for the great day #hiking on your #BuckeyeTrail in the @CleveMetroparks, @Metro_Parks, and @CVNPNPS/@forcvnp. https://t.co/IjGHDI5Jut— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) May 8, 2020
I’ve hiked this great section a couple of times over the years. I saw some nice improvements to the trail. pic.twitter.com/W0xnMPC5bW
Friday, May 8, 2020 - Nature Center at Shaker Lakes
CONSERVE. CONNECT. INSPIRE.
THE NATURE CENTER
Our story is one that is rich with history. A small but mighty Nature Center, we were founded in 1966 to prevent a highway from destroying this treasured green space. Since, we've worked to educate the next generation of 'Freeway Fighters' about the environment and provide a free space for people to deepen their connection to nature.
The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes conserves a natural area, connects people with nature and inspires environmental stewardship.
The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes will be recognized as a model urban environmental resource that welcomes all and enriches people's lives through education, innovative programs and community involvement.
Despite the unusual, snowy weather for early May, it was a great day to explore this park! The story of how the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes saved this greenspace is unique -- we recommend you learn more by visiting their ShakerLakes.org website.
Snowy May day at @ShakerLakeshttps://t.co/yoQwKVvlZZ@ShakerLakes “mission to conserve a natural area, connect people with nature and inspire environmental stewardship” #SocialDistancing park walks are good for #MentalHealth for relief from #coronavirus crisis related stress! pic.twitter.com/AxAtRfyzX9— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) May 8, 2020
@ShakerLakes is a 20-acre green space located within a section of the Shaker Parklands that includes gardens & natural habitats -- such as a lake, stream, marsh, field, ravine & forest. Take a walk along two beautiful trails offering scenic views. https://t.co/RRYAUXjPqI pic.twitter.com/LKqs5Likcs— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) May 8, 2020
50+ years ago, the community saved this green space, not only to preserve vital habitats but to provide outdoor experiences that engage and educate all.@ShakerLakes is now embarking on a bold plan to restore, renovate and enhance their 20 acres. https://t.co/RRYAUXjPqI pic.twitter.com/hHHVP38mLZ— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) May 8, 2020
When we visited, we saw our friend, Christi Carlson, who is the Welcome Desk Supervisor at the Nature Center. She and some new staff members to whom she introduced us were working on cleaning the park grounds. They let us know that it was good that we came that day, since part of the grounds of the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes would be closed soon for a major renovation project.
Here is a video which shows some of the work that has already been done, plus a little of what is still coming this fall.
Stearns Woodland Trail is closing for vital restoration and renovation beginning Monday, May 11. This exciting project is the third phase of a comprehensive vision to enhance and reinvigorate our outdoor classroom, which will expand our ability to fulfill our mission to conserve a natural area, educate visitors about nature, and inspire environmental stewardship.
The new fully restored Stearns Woodland Trail will include enhanced features such as:
A NATURE PLAY AREA
featuring natural structure and materials for creative play in nature
for imaginative play, giving a bird's eye view to the surrounding forest canopy
WETLAND OBSERVATION DECK
with increased seating alongside our south marsh
A NEW, WELCOMING ENTRANCE AND TRAIL INFRASTRUCTURE
for added safety and trail stability
of surrounding habitats
to enhance visitor experiences and connections with nature
When I visited @ShakerLakes the other day https://t.co/4rPFZlPGjC a friend of mine who works there told me about the improvements that are coming in Fall 2020. https://t.co/HhIY95RhCg#ShakerLakes will have a treehouse, new trail decking, nature play area. https://t.co/6ZhGvM7fzs pic.twitter.com/XvJwBqhrMF— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) May 15, 2020
Stearns Woodland Trail is closing for vital restoration and renovation beginning today, Monday, May 11. To view our exciting plans to improve our outdoor classroom, visit https://t.co/XUFDClB1ZG #cle #shakerlakes pic.twitter.com/ZDsdWpmPze— ShakerLakes (@ShakerLakes) May 11, 2020
"...the region came together 50 years ago to preserve these 20 acres ... " -- @ShakerLakes.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) May 15, 2020
Video: "Enhancing Your Outdoor Classroom: Campaign for the #NatureCenter at #ShakerLakes" https://t.co/xbt07nU5u8
Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - Buckeye Trail - Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area
The Ohio & Erie Canalway is a National Heritage Area designated by Congress in 1996 to help preserve and celebrate the rails, trails, landscapes, towns and sites that grew up along the first 110 miles of the canal that helped America and our nation grow. Annually, more than 2.5 million Americans find their way to the iconic 87-mile Towpath Trail running through the heart of the Canalway.
CUYAHOGA VALLEY NATIONAL PARK
Cuyahoga Valley National Park preserves and protects 33,000 acres along the Cuyahoga River between Cleveland and Akron, Ohio. Managed by the National Park Service, the National Park combines cultural, historical, recreational and natural activities in one setting. It’s one of the Top 11 most visited parks in the National Park System, welcoming over 2 million visitors every year.
The park runs through the southern Cuyahoga County and northern Summit County sections of the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area.
Learn more at the CVNP website.
Julie drove down to Cuyahoga Valley National Park and joined Stuart for the latter part of his hike on this section of the Buckeye Trail. We saw a beautiful pileated woodpecker, and some dazzling yellow warblers.
It is always a great day when you #FollowTheBlueBlazes! Thank you, @HikeTheBT!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) May 13, 2020
I enjoyed #hiking on your #BuckeyeTrail in the @CVNPNPS today.
While on the @OECanalway, I saw the train station for @CVSRR and @Metro_Parks.
cc: @forcvnp pic.twitter.com/Ht2YM35a29
Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - Twinsburg Ledges Area in Liberty Park - Summit Metro Parks
Visitors pass by a unique system of sandstone ledges, into Glacier Cave and to a wetland before traveling back to the trailhead over a long boardwalk. The plants growing close to the rock are called the “living skin.” Ferns, mosses and lichens make up this “living skin.” For the protection of natural resources, please stay on the trail.
History & Wildlife
Long before Liberty Park was formed, prehistoric people camped here, drank the clean, cold springs, and hunted game. Upon European settlement, trees were cleared for farming, but maples were spared for their sweet sap.
Today a nature center sits amid 3,000 acres. The park harbors countless rare and endangered species, including Indiana bats, marsh wrens, and bald eagles. Other creatures seen here include beavers, otters, red-backed salamanders, wood frogs, gray ratsnakes, and numerous dragonflies and butterflies. Large trees exist on rock ledges and in wetlands within the conservation area, where fens and bogs are "protected" by poison sumac and swamp rose. In 2006, Liberty Park was designated as an Important Bird Area by the Audubon Society.
The park (the largest natural area managed by Summit Metro Parks) is a unique partnership between the City of Twinsburg, Ohio State Parks and the park district. In 2001, Twinsburg residents passed a bond measure to purchase the Twinsburg Ledges Area. In 2014, Summit Metro Parks entered into an agreement with the Ohio State Parks to manage Tinkers Creek State Park and Tinkers Creek State Nature Preserve. The State properties are contiguous with Liberty Park's Pond Brook Conservation Area.
Liberty Park Ledges is a special ecological area that has been set aside for the study and enjoyment of nature.
We have been seeing some fascinating birds in our travels. On this day, we saw a rose-breasted grosbeak! The trail here included some cool rock formations, including Glacier Cave, and a long boardwalk by wetlands.
Sunny day for a park walk!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) May 13, 2020
In 2014, @Metro_Parks signed agreement with @OhioDNR to manage Tinkers Creek
State Park & State Nature Preserve.
It is now 3,000-acre Liberty Park.https://t.co/Y8Sy8sR2f6
I explored the northern area which has the Twinsburg ledges & Glacier Cave. pic.twitter.com/zmQkqweOhq
Saturday, May 16, 2020 - Observatory Park - Geauga Park District
TO GEAUGA AND BEYOND...
ENJOY STARS ABOVE & BEAUTY BELOW
This 1,100-acre park encourages visitors to explore Nature from the ground to the galaxies. Six trails total 3.97 miles. Numerous site features include a trail with interactive pods representing each trail proportionate to the sun, a trail with interactive stations representing ways to study weather, life-sized cornerstones of the Great Pyramid of Giza, earthern mounds, henge stones and, via a woodland trail, access to the Nassau Astronomical Station.
This park offers a fun and unusual way to learn about our solar system, astronomy, and weather! We also enjoyed walking the Woodland Loop Trail which leads to the Nassau Astronomical Station.
I highly recommend the @GeaugaParks’ Observation Park!https://t.co/iWJQxBcIrx— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) May 16, 2020
Walk the path to learn about the planets that circle our sun!
Weather trail and markers of the size of the great pyramid. pic.twitter.com/b4tSxkYa4o
I highly recommend the @GeaugaParks’ Observation Park!https://t.co/iWJQxBcIrx— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) May 16, 2020
Walk the path to learn about the planets that circle our sun!
Weather trail and markers of the size of the great pyramid. pic.twitter.com/PDBp5WgygE
NASSAU ASTRONOMICAL STATION
Just north at 10350 Clay Street, or accessible via woodland trails, find a separate entrance to the Nassau Astronomical Station, which was renovated and reopened in August 2017. The Nassau Astronomical Station was built in 1957 by the Warner & Swasey Company of Cleveland; researchers at Case Western Reserve University used it for visual study of the heavens through the ‘80s. Geauga Park District teamed with CWRU to offer public Astronomy Nights at Nassau from 1994 to 2005, and after CWRU discontinued use of the station, it sold the facility to Geauga Park District in 2008.
“Nassau Astronomical Station’s 36” Warner & Swasey telescope is one of the largest public viewing scopes in the state of Ohio,” Geauga Park District Executive Director John Oros said. “We are excited to provide opportunities to experience astronomy and the night skies to our residents now and for many, many years to come.”
Fundraising efforts made it possible to restore the facility and telescope to their former glory. In addition to the restoration of the area’s largest publicly accessible research-grade telescope and refurbishment of the equipment necessary for its operation, renovations to Nassau included the addition of museum features, redecorating in the historic living quarters, wheelchair accessibility to the upper telescope floor, and restrooms.
My first time seeing the Nassau #Astronomical Station at @GeaugaParks’ Observation Park. https://t.co/iWJQxBcIrx— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) May 16, 2020
It is honor of Dr. Jason John Nassau who was the director of Warner and Swasey Observatory, @CWRU from 1924 to 1959. pic.twitter.com/ehPBKQbV5M
Nassau #Astronomical Station at @GeaugaParks’ Observation Park. https://t.co/iWJQxBcIrx— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) May 16, 2020
It is honor of Dr. Jason John Nassau who was the director of Warner and Swasey Observatory, @CWRU from 1924 to 1959. pic.twitter.com/91OVznkiYW
1 OF ONLY 39 IN THE U.S.
DARK SKY PARK
Observatory Park has permanent distinction from the International Dark-Sky Association as a Silver Tier Dark Sky Park. As of December 2017, it was one of only 39 Dark Sky Parks in the U.S. and 55 in the world.
Visitors to the park will notice downward-facing red lighting. Light pollution worldwide is increasing faster than ever, but why should we care? Click here for details.
Stuart had just learned about the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) last month, so it was very interesting to see the Geauga Observatory Park (U.S.) listed on their website.
Today at @GeaugaParks Observatory Park https://t.co/hk4qr2SbuJ I learned they are "one of only 39 #DarkSky Parks in the U.S. & 55 in the world" https://t.co/gbwjxtBrak— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) May 17, 2020
It reminded me of video that @CDNST1 recently shared about @GlacierNPS & @IDADarkSky.https://t.co/ivpIvsfURt https://t.co/WRusvORCcI pic.twitter.com/ol4uLswUFg
National Parks Week, National Volunteer Week, Earth Day, AND International Dark Sky Week?! We're overwhelmed with reasons to celebrate! https://t.co/UImN6ODtI4— Continental Divide Trail Coalition (@CDNST1) April 24, 2020
International Dark Sky Week continues! And to celebrate, we want to share our new video, “Glacier’s Dark Skies.” Enjoy the video, and don’t forget to look up at the sky tonight! What is it that you see? https://t.co/no2jFwUsJd pic.twitter.com/LQ9sYk8YZw— Glacier National Park (@GlacierNPS) April 24, 2020
As we celebrate the International Day of Light today, IDA encourages the world to consider how innovative #lightingtechnology can reduce #lightpollution and allow the natural light of the night to shine more brightly #IDL2020 @IDLofficial @UNESCO— IDA Dark-Sky (@IDADarkSky) May 16, 2020
: @bettymayafoott pic.twitter.com/P2289okpzq
We are thrilled to share this global video celebrating the importance of the science of #light & light-based technologies in our lives. Help the world #SEETHELIGHT this #IDL2020 and share this special video message! Let's make 16 May a day to remember https://t.co/dGCxQ760oy. pic.twitter.com/JQtVjuby4g— International Day of Light 16 May (@IDLofficial) May 13, 2020
#IDL2020 Community Videos: “Light - A Precious Resource”. This video presents the beauty of light and emphasizes how and why it should be used sustainably (by Chiara Papini, Italy) #SEETHELIGHT pic.twitter.com/NnjRccBdfJ— International Day of Light 16 May (@IDLofficial) May 17, 2020
Meet the next judge for our #CaptureTheDark Photo Contest: @AngryTheInch. Fortunate to live in the subarctic where #northernlights light up the night, Mia’s photos more often than not feature those magical lights in the sky.— IDA Dark-Sky (@IDADarkSky) May 15, 2020
Learn more at https://t.co/ECf8zAi01K
: @AngryTheInch pic.twitter.com/8mDzM9sbR7
Saturday Early Evening, May 16, 2020 - Lake Erie Bluffs - Lake Metroparks
Lake Erie Bluffs is nationally significant. The property permanently protects a significant amount of wetland, meadow and mostly undeveloped lakefront habitat used by rare and common plant and animal species. The mix of 40-foot-high beach bluffs and open sandy and cobble beach across 9,000 feet of shoreline are the site’s dominant features. The beach area hosts trees, shrubs and small plants including the majority of the park’s rare plants.
Visitors can enjoy low-impact recreational activities such as hiking and fishing at this park. Improvements made to enhance public use include parking lots, a reservable three-season shelter, restrooms and installation of gravel trails with scenic overlooks and access to a natural beach along Lake Erie.
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The development of Lake Erie Bluffs was made possible with help from a wide range of committed partners. Working together, this collaborative effort secured more than $10 million in local, state and federal competitive grants and donations to purchase the $11 million property. More than 1.6 miles of undeveloped shoreline and nearly 600 acres of diverse and important natural habitat are now protected by Lake Metroparks thanks to the help of many valuable partners.
The funding for Lake Metroparks’ purchase came from the following sources: Clean Ohio Conservation Fund, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, The Conservation Fund, the Novak Trust, Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Lake Metroparks Improvement Fund. The project would not have been possible without the dedicated support and hard work of the Western Reserve Land Conservancy and The Trust for Public Lands.
On a lovely evening walk, we saw another rose-breasted grosbeak, many red-winged blackbirds, three deer, and two rabbits.
Take out dinner with view of #LakeErie from @LakeMetroparks’ Lake Erie Bluffs.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) May 16, 2020
Conservation efforts here was a result of funding from the @CleveFoundation’s Lake-Geauga Fund. pic.twitter.com/cPfJIstXWo
Cool! And Zen-like.— (((clevecarole))) (@Clevecarole) May 16, 2020
I saw a rose-breasted grosbeak at @Metro_Parks’ Liberty Park earlier this week, and now again at @LakeMetroparks Lake Erie Bluffs. https://t.co/B8crHq1AYm— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) May 16, 2020
Also just saw a deer. pic.twitter.com/I61WAa1kuq
They are beautiful birds!— Deborah Edwards-Onoro (@redcrew) May 16, 2020
When returning to the tower, we saw the camera for the Lake Erie Bluffs webcam video feed:
The next day, we checked out the webcam again:
Check out the @angelcamcom live video of @LakeMetroparks Lake Erie Bluffs here: https://t.co/7mVB29qoEh— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) May 17, 2020
It looks windy on the lake! https://t.co/B8crHq1AYm https://t.co/tkZzRAOFSY pic.twitter.com/VzbODR77TT
Due to the coronavirus crisis, the tower and campsite areas were closed, so here are some tweets with photos that I shared on Twitter when we were there in early March -- a week before venues started closing in Ohio, and two weeks before the tower closed on March 22, 2020. I also included infomation about the monarch butterfly waystation, and more photos of sunsets on Lake Erie.
I’m enjoying the views of #LakeErie on this sunny day at @LakeMetroparks’ Lake Erie Bluffs. https://t.co/B8crHq1AYm— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) March 7, 2020
I climbed the 50-foot coastal observation tower with deck featuring 360-degree-views which was built with support from the @CleveFoundation. pic.twitter.com/8jMNuX5rzG
#Camping available in wooded area with a great view of #LakeErie at @LakeMetroparks’ Lake Erie Bluffs. https://t.co/8ebo2SlaDP#Campsite A: https://t.co/LlnpmR5s8d— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) March 7, 2020
Campsite B: https://t.co/kJMaIhCablhttps://t.co/B8crHq1AYm pic.twitter.com/aMb6aLjt8e
In warmer weather @LakeMetroparks’ Lake Erie Bluffs is the place to go to see monarch #butterflies!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) March 7, 2020
See link in @LakeMetroparks’ 2019 tweet which already has August 2020 info https://t.co/cnJhMtiRHi pic.twitter.com/PlWzpamYd5
Looks beautiful, Stuart!— Deborah Edwards-Onoro (@redcrew) March 7, 2020
Tuesday, May 19, 2020 - Euclid Beach, Villa Angela Beach, and Wildwood Marina - Cleveland Metroparks
Once the site of the famous Euclid Beach Amusement Park, Euclid Beach Park now features a 650’ beach with shaded picnic areas, a scenic observation pier and a reservable pavilion. Though it closed in 1969, signs of the amusement park including the shuffleboard area, remnants of the beachside fountain and concrete footers of the Flying Turns roller coaster are still visible.
Julie and our son, Kevin F. Smith, are on the Board of Euclid Beach Park Now, and Julie is a ride attendant at the restored Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel at the Cleveland History Center. Therefore, it is appropriate that we did our last park walk for this blog post at Euclid Beach on the 110th birthday of the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel. Here is an announcement by the Cleveland History Center about the Carousel followed by our @sos_jr tweets photos from our sunny afternoon walk:
Happy Birthday, Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel!! Today marks the first day the PTC#19 opened for rides at Euclid Beach Park. You can now own a piece of that history with an original "Carrousel" postcard. #NEOHistory https://t.co/3EO9bV7RjE pic.twitter.com/abGtLcRE13— CleStartsHere (@CleStartsHere) May 19, 2020
Park walk today at #EuclidBeach.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) May 19, 2020
Great how @CleveMetroparks Endowment Fund, @OhioDNR & @CleveFoundation honors this park’s #history
Learn about this #Cleveland #amusementPark in my “Celebrating 50 Years of Fond Memories of #EuclidBeachPark” blog post https://t.co/0RbHtgceNF https://t.co/fcsWT0TExH pic.twitter.com/1HbpT6AKb8
The @CleveMetroparks #EuclidBeach has great views of #LakeErie and interesting #Cleveland #amusementPark #history of #EuclidBeachPark.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) May 19, 2020
Be sure to visit the Euclid Beach Grand Carousel when @CleStartsHere re-opens. pic.twitter.com/KK34XG4GH5
As we stated at the beginning of this blog post, one of our goals of writing this was to "further explore past favorites." In planning our walk at Euclid Beach, we took at look at the park map and decided to go further down the lakeside path to explore the neighboring Villa Angela Beach and Wildwood Marina.
Villa Angela is a quiet woodlot named for the Catholic School once located on the site. The beach offers swimming when permitted, and is a favorite location for bird and monarch butterfly observation.
Along the west bank of the mouth of the Euclid Creek, Wildwood Park provides access to the marina, the fishing pier, hiking trails and a picnic shelter.
Wildwood Marina Ship Store & Fuel Dock Open daily after Memorial Day from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Enjoy a fully stocked ship store with all your fishing and boating needs. Live bait and tackle are available from our knowledgeable marina staff.
The mission of Euclid Beach Park Now is: To support the education of the public as to the history of Euclid Beach Park through lectures, exhibits, displays, memorabilia shows, television and radio appearances, and any other available form.
This website was launched to assist in meeting that part of the mission. It contains historical information on Euclid Beach Park and some of its rides and attractions. Euclid Beach Park opened on June 22, 1895, and closed on September 28, 1969, after 74 seasons.
The western portion of the old amusement park is occupied by a health service facility and two senior citizen high rise apartments. The old arched entrance to the amusement park stands at the entrance to these facilities on Lake Shore Boulevard at East 159 Street, Cleveland, OH 44110. The eastern portion of the old amusement park is now a public park under the management of Cleveland Metroparks. The entrance to the current park is at 16301 Lake Shore Boulevard, Cleveland, OH 44110.
We recommend if you want to learn more about the history of this famous Cleveland amusement park, please see the Euclid Beach Park Now website, and read our blog post:
- Blog Date: October 21, 2019 - Celebrating 50 Years of Fond Memories of Euclid Beach Park
While at @CleveMetroparks #EuclidBeach be sure to see the historical signs and the remains of the #EuclidBeachPark #amusementPark “Flying Turns” bobsled-type coaster https://t.co/7MyHHbMzXL— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) May 19, 2020
To learn more join the “Euclid Beach Park Now” organization at: https://t.co/b5wCXzM0tw pic.twitter.com/5utHOwaET9
Thank you, @CleStartsHere, for the shout-out!
And today is the Carousel's "birthday" marking the date it first opened for rides at Euclid Beach Park. https://t.co/67ky3U4SzH— CleStartsHere (@CleStartsHere) May 19, 2020
Yes, @CleStartsHere, my wife reminded me that today was the 110th birthday of the #EuclidBeachPark Grand Carousel! https://t.co/q0cQV8W96N— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) May 20, 2020
She is looking forward to when she can return to your museum to volunteer as a ride attendant. She misses seeing the carousel horses. pic.twitter.com/MyUweLndsX
We wanted to add this section about campsites, since topic came up on Twitter. Also, we have seen some of the campsites and they are really nice!
For years, we did not know of any local park systems that had campsites. Now, we learned that most park systems do have campsites. Here is information as well as links to learn more:
As mentioned above, the Cleveland Metroparks Ottawa Overlook Backcountry Site is FREE and on the Buckeye Trail. Backcountry site regulations, food storage information, and a link to learn about Leave No Trace Principles can be found at: https://www.clevelandmetroparks.com/parks/visit/activities/event-activity-types/backpacking#permit
In 2017, we wrote in a blog post about how we "learned about this newly opened backpacking campsite along the Buckeye Trail (@HikeTheBT) from the Cleveland Metroparks CEO, Brian M Zimmerman" When we met the park's Outdoor Recreation Manager, Rachel Nagle, she told us how "the park is experimenting with the new Ottawa Overlook Backcountry Site, and about other new outdoor adventure programs being planned." Rachel Nagle was one of the organizers for the Cleveland Metroparks Adventure University, which we wrote about in 2019.
Unfortunately, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park no longer offers camping within the park ( we read on the Buckeye Trail Association Akron Section Map Updates that the Stanford Campsites closed in early 2020), but they list other campsites in the area on their camping web page. See: https://www.nps.gov/cuva/planyourvisit/camping.htm and https://www.conservancyforcvnp.org/experience/plan-your-visit/camping/
Note that we remember when the Stanford House was a Youth Hostel when the park first opened, and in recent years there had been a campsite at that location. If you have camping questions or feedback for the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and/or the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, see: https://www.nps.gov/cuva/contacts.htm and/or https://www.conservancyforcvnp.org/contact-us/
Camping in the Geauga Park District is currently available in four parks: https://www.geaugaparkdistrict.org/activity/camping/
Big Creek Park - 9160 Robinson Road, Chardon Twp.
Chickagami Park - 17957 Tavern Road (Rt 168), Parkman Twp.
Headwaters Park - 13365 Old State Road (Rt 608), Huntsburg Twp.
The West Woods - 9465 Kinsman Road (Rt. 87), Russell Twp.
Stuart has fond memories of taking our sons to Camp Chickagami when he was a Cub Scout Leader. Camp Chickagami was a Boy Scout Camp from 1941 to 2007, before reopening as Chickagami Park under the management of the Geauga Parks District on October 10, 2009 (see camp history website here). Boy Scouts still use the campsites at the park.
Lake Metroparks has tent camping in its parks, so campers may experience unique natural features and the great outdoors: http://www.lakemetroparks.com/register-reserve/reserve-a-shelter/tent-camping
Baker Road Park • Blair Ridge Park • Hell Hollow Wilderness Area • Hidden Lake • Lake Erie Bluffs • Lakeshore Reservation
Riverview Park • Penitentiary Glen Reservation
May 9 - November 30
River Road Park
May 9 - Labor Day
Girdled Road Reservation
See our photos above of the beautiful campsites right on Lake Erie at Lake Erie Bluffs.
Summit Metro Parks -- "Twenty-nine individual sites are available at the campground, located near the eastern banks of the 800-acre reservoir (5550 Christman Rd., Green, OH 44319). Each campsite has a fire ring and picnic table, and six sites have electricity. Three are ADA accessible. Peak season: May 1 through October 31"
Obviously, some campsites may be closed due to the current coronavirus crisis, but we still wanted to let everyone know this information for the future.
have to say that backwood bathroom options are not my favorite way to go...yesterday, I tried to find porta potty locations - no luck @CulturalGardens (which did see fair amount of use) - this is at Gordon Park pic.twitter.com/B7DRriJSYI— Laura McShane (@LauraMcShaneCLE) May 7, 2020
Thanks, @LauraMcShaneCLE! I did not know @metro_parks had campsites. @LakeMetroparks has beautiful campsites right on #LakeErie! https://t.co/BbtH0Ta0wL@CVNPNPS/@forcvnp had camping, but now marked as closed https://t.co/PT9Fm4ASSX https://t.co/ne9pM4WH6r— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) May 7, 2020
@railstotrails @AllTrails I have met folks from all over the world @CVSRR and biggest request from ppl are where are the campgrounds. @ShareTheRiver another phenom I have seen - #hammocks and folks who just chill in our parks -these girls were reading @west_creek Tuxedo Park pic.twitter.com/ydGIaBFhYo— Laura McShane (@LauraMcShaneCLE) May 7, 2020
@LauraMcShaneCLE, in addition to the parks we already mentioned for campsites, I remembered that Chickagami is in @GeaugaParks. My sons camped at Chickagami when in @BoyScouts. https://t.co/KafMLghuvZ@GeaugaParks tweeted today family campsite info: https://t.co/rZH6jLdc9i pic.twitter.com/9xhfXB8hrB— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) May 15, 2020
Edgewater has nice ones, actually.— Afi Scruggs (@aoscruggs) May 8, 2020
Camping reservations are now open for use starting May 22! Only 1 family household may occupy each site, abiding by the pre-determined limit for that site on the reservation permit (always 10 people or fewer), with no guests permitted. Complete guidelines: https://t.co/sG0sOxjeZM pic.twitter.com/fWe6GnseZA— Geauga Park District (@GeaugaParks) May 15, 2020
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Our afternoon park walks, and Stuart's hikes on the Buckeye Trail, are filling the void caused by so many activities being canceled. Most of the venues that we write our sosAssociates.com/Blog posts about are currently closed. Our "Social Distancing" blog posts capture some of our current activities. Once the coronavirus crisis is over, it will be interesting to read these to see the contrast between these times and "normal life."
- Blog Date: May 6, 2020 - Social Distancing with Virtual Trail Talks #CelebrateTrails #VirtualTrailDays
Blog Date: April 23, 2020 - Social Distancing with Park Walks & Online Life
Blog Date: April 8, 2020 - Humor and Creativity on the Twitterverse While Social Distancing
Blog Date: March 30, 2020 - Peaceful Parks While Social Distancing
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