For Immediate Release
May 22, 2020

Boating and Fishing May Resume at Chippewa Lake

Chippewa Lake has been reopened to fishing and boating following recent flooding. However, activities that involve water contact are prohibited, due to elevated levels of E. coli bacteria present in the lake, according to water tests conducted by the Medina County Health Department. Prohibited activities include wading, swimming, and water skiing.

With additional rain in the weekend forecast, please be aware Chippewa Lake will be closed if its water level rises to flood stage and will not reopen until E. coli testing takes place. Please visit to check for updates before planning an outing on the lake.

For information on E. coli and human health, please visit the Ohio Department of Health website at

For Immediate Release
May 21, 2020

Additional Park Sites to Reopen

On May 22, the following Medina County Park District locations will reopen after being temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak:

  • Carolyn Ludwig Mugrage Park (dog park and playground to remain closed)
  • Princess Ledges Nature Preserve

Other sites that remain open:

  • Allardale
  • Brunswick Lake Park
  • Buckeye Woods Park
  • Chippewa Inlet Trail North
  • Chippewa Lake
  • Green Leaf Park
  • Hubbard Valley Park
  • Killbuck Lakes
  • Lake Medina
  • Letha House Park East and West
  • Medina Marsh Nature Preserve
  • Multipurpose Trails: Lester Rail Trail, Chippewa Inlet Trail, Chippewa Rail Trail, and Montville Trail
  • Plum Creek Park
  • River Styx Park
  • Schleman Nature Preserve

The following locations are closed to the public until further notice: Wolf Creek Environmental Center, Alderfer-Oenslager Wildlife Sanctuary, Susan Hambley Nature Center, and park district headquarters. All playgrounds and drinking fountains remain closed.

All programs and reservations are canceled through at least June 30. New facility reservations for 2020 are not being accepted at this time.

Uncorked Medina Wine Festival scheduled for July 24-25 at Buffalo Creek Retreat has been canceled. Young Naturalist Camps and youth fishing camps also have been canceled for this summer.

The health and safety of visitors is Medina County Park District’s number-one priority. To help avoid the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we ask park visitors to:

  • Stay home if you feel ill.
  • Keep a six-foot distance between yourself and others.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough.

Visitors utilizing the park district’s open-air shelters must adhere to public health orders issued by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health that limit gatherings to fewer than 10 people. Park district rangers will enforce these orders and require larger groups to disperse.

Decisions regarding the opening and closure of park sites are based on continued developments in the COVID-19 crisis, as well as recommendations from the Medina County Health Department and Ohio Department of Health.


For Immediate Release
May 13, 2020

Park Board Meeting

Medina County Park District Board of Commissioners will meet in regular session on Wednesday, May 20, at 8:30 a.m. at Buffalo Creek
Retreat, located at 8708 Hubbard Valley Road in Seville. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, as permitted by Ohio House Bill 197, and in keeping
public and employee health and safety as a priority, this meeting will be live-streamed on Facebook at

Public comments or questions can be sent in advance to Director Nathan Eppink at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Emails must be received by Tuesday,
May 19, at 4 p.m. Live comments will not be addressed during the meeting.