Geauga Parks Happenings and Updates

Parks Appreciation Day – Free lunch & activities beckon you to explore your Geauga Park District

“Going to the woods is going home.” –John Muir

Come home to your Geauga Park District on Saturday, September 17th, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm for a variety of activities, meet-n-greets and a FREE hot dog lunch!

Parks Appreciation Day will serve lunch at the following parks:

Swine Creek Reservation, Lakeside Shelter, with John Oros, executive director – plus fishing

Orchard Hills Park, Sledding Shelter, with The Honorable Timothy Grendell, Geauga County Probate & Juvenile Court, and The Honorable Diane Grendell, Ohio 11th District Court of Appeals

Eldon Russell Park, Horwath’s Shelter, with Gloria Freno, finance manager, and Brett Bellas, grounds and facilities manager – plus canoeing

Observatory Park, Cygnus Shelter, with Sandy Ward, marketing manager, and Lt. Ranger Dennis Sloan – plus Pokémon Go

Beartown Lakes Reservation, North Point, with Stephanie Zigman, human resources manager, and Sheryl Hatridge, executive administrative assistant – plus cornhole

Outdoor activities, but no lunch, will also be offered at the following parks:

The West Woods, Nature Center, with John Kolar, chief naturalist, Don Lombardy, I.T. manager, and Sharon Gingrich, Geauga County recorder – hike to Ansel’s Cave and bird watching

Headwaters Park, Boathouse, with Matt McCue, director of planning and operations – ride your bike on The Maple Highlands Trail

Special thanks to Giant Eagle in Chardon for providing hot dogs for the day. Lunches also include free chips, a cookie and lemonade or water.

Questions? Call 440-286-9516. We hope to see you and your family out in the parks!

Reelin’ Ya In – Fishing expo offers great incentive to fish parks in Middlefield

Bring the whole family for a memorable experience to learn the basics of fishing with Geauga Park District’s Natural Resource Management Department – and get a free hot dog lunch while you’re at it!

This year’s Family Fishing Expo will be held for families with kids of all ages on Saturday, September 17, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at Swine Creek Reservation’s Lakeside Shelter, along Killdeer Pond, in Middlefield Township.

Registration is required at or 440-286-9516.

Participants will enjoy brief instruction in the basics of fishing equipment, knot tying and fish identification, followed by a morning of fishing with experienced anglers. Equipment will be provided or bring your own. Fishing holes are partially wheelchair/stroller accessible. Please call 440-286-9516 with questions.

Also at this location, hot dog lunches will be served 10:00 am to 2:00 pm by Geauga Park District Executive Director John Oros as part of the county-wide Parks Appreciation Day. For details, please visit

Eyes to the Sky! – Artists: Get creating for an astronomy-themed art show in 2017

To celebrate the anticipated 2017 opening of Observatory Park’s Nassau Astronomical Observing Station, Geauga Park District invites participation in a two-month community art exhibition of astronomy-themed/inspired artwork – realistic interpretations and science fiction!

Artwork may be dropped off at The West Woods Nature Center on Wednesday, February 1st, from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm, or Thursday, February 2nd, from 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

“Eyes to the Sky: The Art of Astronomy” opens at the artists’ reception on Sunday, February 12th, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. and remains on display daily 10:00 am to 4:30 pm till April 24th.

Categories in this show include drawing/painting, photography, other media and children (age 15 and under). People’s Choice Awards will be selected by visitor ballots. A limit of three entries per artists will be accepted. Sale of artwork is permitted, with Geauga Park District retaining 20 percent commission.

The exhibitor application and additional details may be found on the yellow bulletin board at With questions, please contact Teresa Runion, special events coordinator, at 440-279-0882 or

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