How is COVID-19 Affecting Cincinnati Parks?

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How is COVID-19 Affecting Cincinnati Parks?

Cincinnati Parks Response to COVID-19

In accordance with Governor DeWine’s Stay at Home Order:

  • Users must observe social distancing recommendations of 6’ from other persons at all times (unless people are direct family members, caregivers, or part of a couple).
  • No group gatherings over 10 people except for weddings, funerals and church services.
  • We recommend park visitors wear masks.
  • Smale Riverfront spray grounds are closed. Currently investigating how to open with needed requirements.
  • Avon Woods entrance is blocked to vehicular traffic, the preserve remains open.
  • All drinking fountains are closed.
  • Cincinnati Parks and trails remain open. Cincinnati Parks has signed a joint-statement with the National Recreation and Park Association, and more than 500 agencies, partners, and like-minded organizations supporting the continued use of our parks and open spaces during the COVID-19 outbreak. Please click here to read the statement. https://www.nrpa.org/about-national-recreation-and-park-association/press-room/NRPA-statement-on-using-parks-and-open-space-while-maintaining-social-distancing/
  • Users should not use parks or trails if they’re exhibiting symptoms.
  • Users should follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to visiting parks or trail.
  • Users should be prepared for no access to public restrooms in some locations.
  • Users should share the trails and warn other trail users of their presence as they pass.

Stay At Home Order Frequently Asked Questions


  • All park trails and open space
  • Playgrounds
  • Picnic tables (we recommend using table cloths and please help us by picking up trash)
  • Tennis, Pickleball, Volleyball, and Basketball courts
  • Smale swings overlooking the Ohio River
  • Mt. Airy & Burnet Woods Disc Golf
  • Twin Lakes Lake Drive
  • Yeatman’s Cove spray grounds – Open 11am – 5pm 
  • Washington Park spray grounds – Open 1pm – 7pm
  • Explore Nature Summer Camps – Visit Explore Nature’s web page for specific updates
  • Krohn Conservatory – Tues. – Sun., 10 AM – 4 PM
  • Garden wedding reservations can now be made for the 2020 season (can be reserved 1 year out)

Cincinnati Parks will update this list as park amenities open

List of Open Restrooms:

Hand washing is key in preventing the spread of the disease and in keeping the safety of the public in mind, providing access to restrooms in our Parks is essential. We recommend bringing hand sanitizer on your park visit to accommodate for areas without open bathrooms.

The following restrooms are open from 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 7 days/week.

  • Smale Riverfront Park at Walnut Street
  • Yeatman’s Cove East Concession
  • Yeatman’s Cove spray ground
  • Sawyer Point – two individual bathrooms under 471 bridge
  • Twin Lakes at Eden Park
  • Ault Park Heekin Overlook
  • Burnet Woods Bandstand
  • Alms Park Pavilion
  • Mt. Echo Park Pavilion
  • Mt. Airy Entrance
  • Mt. Airy Dog Park
  • McEvoy Park
  • Washington Park (maintained by 3CDC, hours may differ)
  • Fountain Square (maintained by 3CDC, hours may differ)

The restrooms will be regularly cleaned with the last cleaning of the day around 3:00 p.m.

Additional Updates

Burnet Woods Drive is temporarily closed to vehicular traffic. For more information, click here.

All Cincinnati Parks events requiring permits are cancelled from now through August 31st. Find a list below of any events that have been canceled or postponed in response to COVID-19 concerns. For more frequent updates, visit our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

Explore Nature Summer Camps have resumd. Please visit the Explore Nature web page for specific details.

Picnic shelters & group picnic area reservations for 2020 season are cancelled due to Coronavirus cleaning requirements. People with existing reservations in 2020 will be contacted via email. Shelters are first-come-first-serve (permits granted by the Park Board can overtake shelters). Please be advised bathrooms attached to shelters are not open. We recommend using table cloths on picnic tables. Keep groups at picnic shelters below 10, practice social distancing, clean up all trash left by your party, and we recommend wearing masks.

When visiting our parks, all general rules still apply.

Daily Does of Activities

Looking for activities to do? Visit our Daily Does of Activities page for suggestions on adventures one can have in Cincinnati Parks. We’ll update this page daily. Downloadable packets for home or on-the-go to come!

Closed to the Public

All in-person customer service at Parks office buildings are temporarily unavailable. Please visit our online messaging system to reach departments directly. They include:

-Parks Administrative Building at 950 Eden Park Drive
-Riverfront at 705 East Pete Rose Way
-Planning, Design & Facilities at 2625 Reading Road
-Bettman Natural Resource Center at 4 Beech Lane
-Picnic shelter and group picnic area reservations are closed for 2020 season – shelters will become first-come-first-serve
-Avon Woods Preserve are closed to vehicular traffic
-Some park restrooms
-All drinking fountains
-The ability to reserve picnic shelters, group picnic areas, and garden wedding areas
-Carol Ann’s Carousel is closed until further notice

Important Links

For updates from our partners at the Cincinnati Parks Foundation, visit the Parks Foundation COVID-19 Event Preparedness Plan.

Please check back here as updates are made daily. Follow our social media pages at Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more updates.

For general information about Coronavirus, please visit CDC’s main web page and CDC’s information on prevention of Coronavirus

For recommendations on visiting parks please click on the CDC’s Recommendation for Park Visitors web page