Metroparks remain busy during pandemic


Officials urge distancing

By Drew Stambaugh - dstambaugh@aimmediamidwest.com



The parking lots at the both the Mallard Lake area, above, and Springbrook Area of Oak Openings Metropark in Swanton Township were full on Thursday.

The parking lots at the both the Mallard Lake area, above, and Springbrook Area of Oak Openings Metropark in Swanton Township were full on Thursday.


Drew Stambaugh | Swanton Enterprise

Playgrounds are closed at area Metroparks but trails remain open.


Drew Stambaugh | Swanton Enterprise

With a stay-at-home order in place due to COVID-19, there aren’t many recreation opportunities available to Swanton residents.

One option still available is the Metroparks in the Toledo area. With outdoor exercising allowed under the stay-at-home order, they remain open.

Area residents took advantage last week. Parking lots were full at Oak Openings on Thursday with spring-like temperatures and dry weather. The lots at Mallard Lake and the Springbrook Area were both full.

Trails are open, but playgrounds, campgrounds, indoor facilities, and restrooms are closed. Portable restrooms, cleaned twice a day, are available for emergency use only.

Soap and water hand-washing stations have been placed at trail heads.

To ensure that the parks stay open, Metroparks officials are urging visitors to take proper precautions. Officials tell visitors to:

– Expect heavy-use parks such as Wildwood, and activities such as walleye fishing at Side Cut, to be busy. Consider going to other parks.

– Come alone or with members of your household.

– Give others space — 6-10 feet.

– Walk single file on trails to give others room, and give warning when passing.

– Please be kind to everyone, and give our rangers a friendly wave. The parks are open to relieve stress and give us all safe space.

The parking lots at the both the Mallard Lake area, above, and Springbrook Area of Oak Openings Metropark in Swanton Township were full on Thursday.
https://www.swantonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2020/03/web1_full-oak-openings.jpgThe parking lots at the both the Mallard Lake area, above, and Springbrook Area of Oak Openings Metropark in Swanton Township were full on Thursday. Drew Stambaugh | Swanton Enterprise

Playgrounds are closed at area Metroparks but trails remain open.
https://www.swantonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2020/03/web1_Oak-Playground2.jpgPlaygrounds are closed at area Metroparks but trails remain open. Drew Stambaugh | Swanton Enterprise
Officials urge distancing

By Drew Stambaugh

dstambaugh@aimmediamidwest.com