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Ohio’s Stay at Home Order = Opportunity to Explore and Care for Yourself in Ohio’s Parks

Written by: Jeff Kerr, PLA, AICP, ASLA and Tammi Nagucki CPSM

Looking for a silver lining? We found one. Given the fact that most of us have just been given back our commute time and spring is in the air – let’s consider the opportunity for exploring the natural wonders that are found in our great park systems. Environmental Design Group is proud to have designed so many of the parks and trails in our region. We’re also proud that these parks and trails are now offering some stress relief, health benefits and activity for Ohioans who find themselves cooped up at home like no other time in our history.

Let us introduce you to some of our favorites:

Lakewood Park: 14532 Lake Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107

Lakewod Park
Lakewood Park Solstice Steps

Liberty Park: 9999 Liberty Rd, Twinsburg, OH 44087

Liberty Park
Liberty Park Trail and Nature Center

Veterans Way Park: Veterans Way, Hudson, OH 44236

Veterans Way Park
Veterans Way Park

Claridon Woodlands Park: 11383 Claridon Troy Rd, Chardon, OH 44024

Claridon Woodlands
Claridon Woodlands

West Creek Reservation: 2277 W Ridgewood Dr, Parma, OH 44134

West Creek Reservation
West Creek Reservation

Bath Nature Preserve: 4160 Ira Rd, Akron, OH 44333

Bath Nature Preserve
Bath Nature Preserve

Cuyahoga County Towpath Trail: Endpoints: Scranton Flats (Cleveland) and State Route 212 and Shepler Church Avenue SW (Bolivar)

Towpath Mounds
Towpath Mounds

Lakefront West: End Points: 17288 Neff Road, Cleveland and Edgewater Dr & West Blvd

Bike Trail
Lakefront West Trail

Mentor Headland Dunes Boardwalk Trail: 9601 Headlands Rd, Mentor, OH 44060

boardwalk
Mentor Headland Dunes Boardwalk

Lake Medina Trail: 3725 Medina Rd, Medina, OH 44256 or 3733 Granger Rd, Medina, OH 44256

trail bridge
Lake Medina Trail

Getting out and exploring has so many benefits to our overall health and well-being. The fresh air will invigorate your energy levels; the activity can reduce anxiety and depression; the sunlight will provide a dose of Vitamin D that will also lead to a better night’s sleep. On top of that, imagine all the cool things you’ll discover along the way. Now is the perfect time to enjoy being serenaded by spring peepers and other frogs as you mosey along wooded or meadow trails. Appreciate the colors around you in the form of new blossoms on trees and groundcover.

Enjoy your local parks with your favorite fur friend, kids or spouse. There is something for everyone to discover and enjoy. Get outdoors and share your experience with us using #OutdoorsWithEDG! Most of all, take the opportunity to let nature provide its restorative benefits to mind, body and spirit.