“As things are closing, we are staying open. We’ve been open as this pandemic began and we will remain open as it continues."
(Hamilton County, Oh.) - As coronavirus restrictions and recommendations fluctuate for Ohio, Great Parks of Hamilton County remains committed to keeping its parks open. “We are in a state of crisis,” says CEO Todd Palmeter, “and that means a lot of change. Consistency is more important now than ever.”
Palmeter is referring to the State of Ohio’s and Hamilton County Public Health’s concerns and recommendations regarding mass gatherings as cases of COVID-19 have reached record highs in July.
“Great Parks remains a safe place to come during this pandemic. We want our residents to have a place to enjoy the outdoors and that’s our 21 parks and preserves.” Palmeter also adds that as closures continue to keep residents at home, parks are crucial for both mental and physical health.
“There are countless studies showing the benefits of nature and being outdoors. It’s important, and healthy, to be outside, whether that’s running a trail or birdwatching. Great Parks provides that outlet for both recreation and mental decompression.”
The park agency provides over 78 miles of trails, as well as lakes for fishing and boating which Palmeter says will remain open.
“As things are closing, we are staying open. We’ve been open as this pandemic began and we will remain open as it continues. We are here for our residents and want them to come to Great Parks.”
Great Parks of Hamilton County’s mission is to preserve and protect natural resources and to provide outdoor recreation and education in order to enhance the quality of life for present and future generations. Great Parks encompasses more than 17,700 acres including 17 parks, four nature preserves, and the newly developed Nature Center at the Summit in Roselawn.