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.
  • We recommend park visitors wear masks.
  • Water features and spray grounds are closed.
  • All playgrounds and play equipment are closed (some Smale swings overlooking Ohio River now open)
  • Volleyball courts and Basketball courts are closed.
  • Gates to Twin Lakes at Eden Park are closed to vehicular traffic. The park remains open.
  • 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 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

Opening Soon

  • Yeatman’s Cove spray grounds – Opening 6/08
  • Washington Park spray grounds – Opening 6/09
  • Explore Nature Summer Camps – Opening 6/08 – Visit Explore Nature’s web page for specific updates

Cincinnati Parks will update this list as park amenities open


  • All park trails and open space
  • Picnic tables (we recommend using table cloths and please help us by picking up trash)
  • Tennis and Pickleball courts
  • Smale swings overlooking the Ohio River
  • Mt. Airy & Burnet Woods Disc Golf

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 – newly opened
  • Sawyer Point – two individual bathrooms under 471 bridge – newly opened
  • 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

All Cincinnati Parks events are canceled from now until May 29th in accordance with guidelines from the state of Ohio. 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 will resume 6/08 for campers who already registered. Please visit the Explore Nature web page for specific details.

Any picnic shelters/wedding area reservations canceled due to Coronavirus concerns will be refunded. To cancel please call 513-446-0232 and leave a voice message. We are currently canceling/refunding June reservations, expect a call between 6/2 and 6/9.

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

Other Areas closed to the public:

-Volleyball courts and basketball courts.
-Gates to Twin Lakes at Eden Park, McEvoy Park, and Avon Woods Preserve are closed to vehicular traffic
-Some park restrooms
-All playgrounds and play equipment (Smale swings overlooking river are now open)
-All drinking fountains
-The ability to reserve picnic shelters, group picnic areas, and garden wedding areas
-All Cincinnati Parks Nature Centers
-Krohn Conservatory is closed until further notice
-Carol Ann’s Carousel is closed until further notice
-Cincinnati Parks volunteer events have been canceled indefinitely
-Riverfront events have been canceled indefinitely

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