Cleveland Metroparks beaches, swimming areas now open to public


CLEVELAND (WJW) — The Cleveland Metroparks has opened its lakefront dining, concessions, marinas and swimming areas for the 2020 season.

The Cleveland Metroparks issued several closures and cancellations earlier this year in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Metroparks reservations remained opened, as they were deemed essential services for outdoor activity, but dining and several other facilities remained closed.

The Metroparks says guarded swim hours at Edgewater and Huntington beaches will begin Saturday.

As of Thursday, e55 on the lake, Cleveland Metroparks’ full service restaurant along the Lake Erie shoreline, had opened along with concessions across the park district. East 55th Street Marina and Emerald Necklace Marina were also opened to boaters with limited hours at that time.

“It’s no question that our parks along the Lake Erie shoreline are some of our favorite places to gather together and connect with nature each summer,” Cleveland Metroparks CEO Brian M. Zimmerman said in a press release. “We’re excited to open some of our community’s favorite lakefront amenities with safety measures in place to protect our guests and patrons.”

All visitors will be required to follow the CDC safety guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. This includes practicing safe social distancing of at least six feet and limiting group gatherings to 10 people or less at all Metroparks locations.

Visit the Cleveland Metroparks website for information regarding coronavirus closures and operating hours for park facilities.

More on the Cleveland Metroparks, here.

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