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 and State Orders and with State and City Mask Mandates:

  • 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.
  • Park visitors should wear masks in parks when social distance cannot be kept.
  • All drinking fountains are closed.
  • Cincinnati Parks and trails are open (select trails closed in Autumn/Winter). 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


  • Park open space and most trails. List of Autumn/Winter trail closures.
  • 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
  • Explore Nature Autumn/Winter Events – Visit Explore Nature’s web page for specific updates
  • Garden wedding reservations can now be made for the 2021 season (can be reserved 1 year out)

Cincinnati Parks will update this list as park amenities open

List of Open Restrooms:

We recommend bringing hand sanitizer on your park visit to accommodate for areas without open bathrooms.

October 15th is the end of our regular season, and a majority of our Park Restrooms will be winterized and closed. Park Restrooms available after October 15th

  • Smale Family Restroom (north side of Mehring under Suspension Bridge) (7 am – 7 pm)
  • Yeatman’s Cove East Concession (7 am – 7 pm)
  • Friendship Park – (7 am – 2 pm)
  • Fulton Ave at Eden Park (7am – 5 pm)
  • Mt. Airy Forest – The Nati Disc Golf Shop on Lodge Road (10am – 6pm: except holidays)
  • Washington Park (maintained by 3CDC, hours may differ)
  • Fountain Square (maintained by 3CDC, hours may differ)

Open restrooms will be regularly cleaned every two hours.

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 Autumn Programming has begun. 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
-Krohn Conservatory is closed until further notice
-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
-Some park restrooms
-All drinking fountains
-The ability to reserve picnic shelters and group picnic 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