Lake Metroparks Farmpark is pleased to announce the reopening of the park on Friday, June 19. The park will be open 9 am to 5 pm Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for now. To provide a safe experience for all visitors, a limited number of people will be allowed in the park at a time and all activities will be held outdoors. All indoor exhibits are closed to the public. The restrooms will be open.
“After three months, we’re excited to welcome the community back to experience Lake Metroparks Farmpark again,” said Farmpark Administrator Lee Homyock. “As we reopen, our first priority is to protect our guests, employees and the animals in our care.”
To ensure the safety of our visitors and follow local health guidelines, groups of up to 10 visitors entering the park together must be from the same household. Guests are asked to practice proper physical distancing, maintaining one cow length (or 6 feet) apart. One way directional signage will provide guests with a safe viewing experience in the park. Face coverings are encouraged but not required.
Farmpark provides a connection to our agricultural roots, helping people understand where our food and fabrics come from. To highlight this experience, visitors can enjoy seeing multiple breeds of farm animals and enjoy a variety of outdoor demonstrations including:
- Meet the cows of the dairy including newly born Eleanor, the newest calf, in the area behind the dairy parlor.
- Learn and see how cheese is made.
- During the “Past-ure Bedtime Cow Encounter,” guests can watch our dairy staff round up the cows for their afternoon walk up to the pasture.
- Visit with sheep, pigs, cows, alpacas and more in the Barnyard on your own or meet our staff members for a more in-depth tour.
- The border collies will demonstrate their herding abilities in the popular sheep herding demonstration.
- Equine demonstrations: An opportunity to meet select breeds of horses is among the various activities that may be offered including lunging or driving. Check the daily schedule for times and locations of demonstrations.
- Guided tours of themed gardens and raised beds surrounding the Plant Science Center and the Farmpark apiary.
A schedule of activities will be available at goto.lakemetroparks.com/farmpark and at the park.
Food trucks will be onsite each day offering a variety of food and beverages. Live entertainment/demonstrations will be presented on Saturdays. Check social media and website for details.
Farmpark’s annual FarmFest has been canceled. Vintage Ohio and Village Peddler Festival have also canceled their events. Looking forward, says Homyock, as we gain guidance from state and local health authorities, we are trying to determine ways to offer modified popular seasonal events including Halloween Hayrides and Country Lights.
Regular Farmpark admission will be charged for ages 2 and older. Farmpark members receive free entrance to the park. For park information visit goto.lakemetroparks.com/farmpark.
Lake Metroparks Farmpark is located at 8800 Euclid Chardon Rd. in Kirtland (44094).