News Releases

For Immediate Release
August 11, 2017

View the Upcoming Solar Eclipse Safely

The August 21 solar eclipse is a rare celestial event you don’t want to miss -- but you must view it safely to avoid serious eye damage.

The only safe way to look at the sun is through a pinhole projector or special-purpose solar filters (such as eclipse glasses or handheld solar viewers). Ordinary sunglasses, no matter how dark, and homemade filters are not safe for looking at the sun. According to NASA, these devices still transmit thousands of times too much sunlight to your eyes. Visit for a list of reputable solar filters and viewers, as well as more guidelines for safely seeing the eclipse.

It’s also important to never look at the sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device. Even while using eclipse glasses or handheld solar viewer, never look at the sun through a camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device. The concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and cause serious injury to your eyes.

Join Medina County Park District from noon to 4 p.m. August 21 at Wolf Creek Environmental Center to safely view the eclipse, learn more about this special solar occurrence, and participate in a variety of sun-related activities. The eclipse begins just after 1 p.m. and peaks at 2:30 p.m. The park closes at 5 p.m. All ages are welcome for this free program. No registration is required. Wolf Creek Environmental Center is located at 6100 Ridge Road in Sharon Township. If you are using a GPS unit, please enter Wadsworth as the city



For Immediate Release
August 18, 2017

2017 Chippewa Lake Water Testing

Below are the latest test results for algal bloom toxins in Chippewa Lake.

Per Ohio Department of Health guidelines, a public health warning is issued when toxin levels reach 6 parts per billion. The warning recommends children, pregnant or nursing women, individuals with certain medical conditions, and pets should avoid contact with the water. When toxin levels reach 20 parts ppb, the lake must be closed to the public.

The toxins are a result of algal blooms that occur in bodies of water due to a combination of factors including water temperature, rainfall, and nutrient runoff within the watershed. The Chippewa Lake algal bloom is the result of a microscopic organism called cyanobacteria. Its blooms can produce harmful toxins that may make people and pets sick when they come into contact with the water.

The park district will continue to monitor Chippewa Lake water conditions as needed. Public health warnings and lake closures remain in effect until two consecutive tests taken at least one week apart show levels have dropped below Ohio Department of Health thresholds. Samples collected by Medina County Park District natural resource staff are sent to Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District for testing. Results typically are reported back to the park district in three to five working days.


Sample Date              Results Received                  Toxin Level                Action

6/8/17                          6/15/17                                    11.06 ppb             Warning posted


6/15/17                        6/19/17                                    7.64 ppb         


6/21/17                        6/26/17                                    5.10 ppb


6/27/17                        6/29/17                                    8.18 ppb


7/5/17                          7/7/17                                      9.62 ppb


7/11/17                         7/13/17                                  10.75 ppb


7/18/17                         7/21/17                                    6.24 ppb


7/25/17                         7/27/17                                    6.07 ppb


8/1/17                           8/3/17                                     6.18 ppb


8/8/17                           8/11/17                                   10.50 ppb


8/15/17                         8/17/17                                     3.52 ppb


Notices have been posted at the beaches in the villages of Gloria Glens and Chippewa Lake and at the public boat launch ramp. The park district notified the mayor’s office in each village of the advisory, as well as the Medina County Health Department. Notices also have been posted on the park district’s Web site and social media pages.

Please watch for updates. For more about harmful algal blooms, visit the Ohio Department of Health Web site at