PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release

July 18, 2019

Chippewa Lake Remains Open for Normal Recreational Activities

Medina County Park District continues to monitor Chippewa Lake water conditions due to a harmful algal bloom. Test results from water samples collected on July 16 showed microcystin levels at 0.19 parts per billion. There are no advisories in place at this time. All normal boating, swimming and recreational activities may continue.

Medina County Park District follows Ohio’s Harmful Algal Bloom Response Strategy for Recreational Waters. For information on harmful algal blooms, please visit www.MedinaCountyParks.com. To keep up to date on Chippewa Lake water conditions, please follow the park district on social media or contact the park district at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up for email alerts.

2019 Chippewa Lake Water Test Results

July 16, 2019: 0.19 ppb--No advisories in place
July 9, 2019: 2.61 ppb--No advisories in place
July 2, 2019: 0.20 ppb--No advisories in place
June 25, 2019: <0.13 ppb--All Advisories Lifted
Due to flooding at Chippewa Lake, there was no water test the week of June 17, 2019.
June 11, 2019: 3.15 ppb--Recreational Public Health Advisory Remains
June 4, 2019: 10.5 ppb--Recreational Public Health Advisory Remains
May 28, 2019: 13.6 ppb--Recreational Public Health Advisory Issued
May 21, 2019: 16.1 ppb--Elevated Recreational Public Health Advisory Remains
May 14, 2019: 21.8 ppb--Elevated Recreational Public Health Advisory Issued
May 7, 2019: 17.8 ppb--Recreational Public Health Advisory Remains
April 30, 2019: 9.49 ppb--Recreational Public Health Advisory Issued
April 22, 2019: 5.74 ppb--No advisories in place
March 19, 2019: <0.14 ppb--No advisories in place
February 19, 2019: <0.14 ppb--No advisories in place
January 22, 2019: <0.14 ppb--No advisories in place

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PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
July 11, 2019

Chippewa Lake Remains Open for Normal Recreational Activities

Medina County Park District continues to monitor Chippewa Lake water conditions due to a harmful algal bloom. Test results from water samples collected on July 9 showed microcystin levels at 2.61 parts per billion. There are no advisories in place at this time. All normal boating, swimming and recreational activities may continue.

Medina County Park District follows Ohio’s Harmful Algal Bloom Response Strategy for Recreational Waters. For information on harmful algal blooms, please visit www.MedinaCountyParks.com. To keep up to date on Chippewa Lake water conditions, please follow the park district on social media or contact the park district at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up for email alerts.

2019 Chippewa Lake Water Test Results

July 9, 2019: 2.61 ppb--No advisories in place
July 2, 2019: 0.20 ppb--No advisories in place
June 25, 2019: <0.13 ppb--All Advisories Lifted
Due to flooding at Chippewa Lake, there was no water test the week of June 17, 2019.
June 11, 2019: 3.15 ppb--Recreational Public Health Advisory Remains
June 4, 2019: 10.5 ppb--Recreational Public Health Advisory Remains
May 28, 2019: 13.6 ppb--Recreational Public Health Advisory Issued
May 21, 2019: 16.1 ppb--Elevated Recreational Public Health Advisory Remains
May 14, 2019: 21.8 ppb--Elevated Recreational Public Health Advisory Issued
May 7, 2019: 17.8 ppb--Recreational Public Health Advisory Remains
April 30, 2019: 9.49 ppb--Recreational Public Health Advisory Issued
April 22, 2019: 5.74 ppb--No advisories in place
March 19, 2019: <0.14 ppb--No advisories in place
February 19, 2019: <0.14 ppb--No advisories in place
January 22, 2019: <0.14 ppb--No advisories in place

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PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
June 28, 2019

Chippewa Lake Reopened to the Public

Chippewa Lake has been reopened following water testing by the Medina County Health Department that shows levels of E. coli bacteria present in the lake are within an acceptable range for public safety.

Per United States Environmental Protection Agency standards, the single sample maximum for E. coli bacteria content is 235 colony forming units (cfu) per 100mL of water tested. Test results released today from water samples taken at three sites on June 26 found the levels of E. coli listed below. Measurements are reported in most probable number (mpn) per 100mL, which is statistically equivalent to colony forming units.

Chippewa Lake Beach: 125 mpn

Gloria Glens Beach: 28 mpn

Public Boat Ramp: 42 mpn

For information on E. coli and public safety, please visit the Ohio Department of Health website at www.odh.ohio.gov.

Chippewa Lake was closed June 16 after heavy rainfall caused widespread flooding within the watershed. In keeping with a longstanding safety protocol implemented by the villages of Chippewa Lake and Gloria Glens, the Medina County Health Department, Medina County Sanitary Engineer, and the park district, the lake remained closed after the flood event until testing for the presence of E. coli bacteria could be completed.

In addition, Medina County Park District continues to monitor Chippewa Lake water conditions due to a harmful algal bloom. Test results from water samples taken on June 25 found algal toxin levels of less than 0.13 parts per billion. Because two consecutive samples taken at least one week apart show levels below a threshold of 6 ppb, a Recreational Public Health Advisory has been lifted. All normal boating, swimming and recreational activities may resume.

Medina County Park District follows Ohio’s Harmful Algal Bloom Response Strategy for Recreational Waters. For information on harmful algal blooms, please visit www.MedinaCountyParks.com. To keep up to date on Chippewa Lake water conditions, please follow the park district on social media or contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up for email alerts.


PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
June 14, 2019

Public Health Advisory Remains for Chippewa Lake

Water samples collected from Chippewa Lake on June 11 show toxin levels of 3.15 parts per billion due to a harmful algal bloom. A Recreational Public Health Advisory remains in effect.

Algal blooms occur 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.

Per Ohio’s Harmful Algal Bloom Response Strategy for Recreational Waters, a Recreational Public Health Advisory is issued when toxin levels reach 6 ppb. It warns children, pregnant or nursing women, individuals with certain medical conditions, and pets to avoid contact with the water. When toxin levels reach 20 ppb, an Elevated Recreational Public Health Advisory is issued, warning all persons and pets to avoid all contact with the water. Warnings remain in effect until two consecutive tests taken at least one week apart show levels have dropped below these thresholds.The park district will continue to monitor toxin levels as needed.

June 11: 3.15 ppb--Recreational Public Health Advisory Remains

June 4: 10.5 ppb--Recreational Public Health Advisory Remains

May 28: 13.6 ppb--Recreational Public Health Advisory Issued

May 21: 16.1 ppb--Elevated Recreational Health Advisory Remains

May 14: 21.8 ppb--Elevated Recreational Health Advisory Issued

May 7: 17.8 ppb--Recreational Public Health Advisory Remains

April 30: 9.49 ppb--Recreational Public Health Advisory Issued

April 22: 5.74 ppb--No advisories in place

March 19: <0.14 ppb--No advisories in place

February 19: <0.14 ppb--No advisories in place

January 22: <0.14 ppb--No advisories in place

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PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
June 13, 2019

Park Board Meeting

Medina County Park District Board of Commissioners will meet in regular session on Wednesday, June 19, at 8:30 a.m. at Park District Headquarters, located at 6364 Deerview Lane in Medina. The public is welcome to attend.

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Please contact Director Nathan D. Eppink with questions or concerns.

 

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PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
June 6, 2019

Special Park Board Meeting

Medina County Park District Board of Commissioners will meet in special session on Monday, June 10 at 8:30 a.m. The board will convene in executive session to discuss
land acquisition. The meeting will be held at Medina County Park District Headquarters located at 6364 Deerview Lane in Medina.

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Please contact Director Nathan D. Eppink with questions or concerns.

 


PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
May 23, 2019

Young Naturalist Camps

At Young Naturalist Camp, children ages 7-12 are encouraged to get their feet wet, get their hands muddy, and experience the excitement of discovering the world of nature. New this year is Family Camp Day on July 27, when campers get to invite their parents and siblings along to share in the fun.

Medina County Park District’s three-day Young Naturalist camps feature a different park or preserve each day. Camps are scheduled for June 18-20, June 25-27, July 9-11, July 16-18, and July 23-25. Each camp session offers a choice between a morning option (10 to 11:30 a.m.) or an afternoon option (1 to 2:30 p.m.). Campers are free to pick the camp with the combination of programs that interest them the most. This year’s choices include:

  • Everybody Scats
  • Insect Investigation
  • Frogger
  • World of Squirrels
  • Cavity Nesters
  • Burrowers and Builders
  • Life in a Stream
  • Fields and Forests

Every Young Naturalist camper receives a t-shirt that he or she can bring to Family Camp Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 27 at Wolf Creek for tie-dying.

Registration can only be made online at the park district’s website: www.medinacountyparks.com. Click on the Programs tab, then on Program Registration, and then click on the green Register for a Program icon. Online registration for camp can only be paid with credit card/debit card at the time of registration. A receipt and confirmation will be emailed upon registration submission. The camp fee is $10 PER CHILD plus a credit card convenience fee of five percent of the total registration fee (but not less than $2 per transaction). Only one scheduled camp week per child is permitted.

Be sure to visit the website for a complete camp schedule, registration deadlines, and important information including what to wear and what to bring to Young Naturalist Camp. Questions? Please contact the park office at 330-722-9364 or 1-844-722-9364 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
May 23, 2019

Leash Rules Protect People, Pets, and Wildlife

With Memorial Day weekend heralding the unofficial start of summer, more visitors will be enjoying Medina County parks with their four-footed friends. It’s a good time for a reminder that dogs (and cats) are permitted in the parks only if they are controlled at all times on a leash no longer than eight feet. It’s a rule strictly enforced by park rangers.

While a dog’s owner may know his/her pet is friendly, a loose dog can be unwelcome and even alarming to other park guests -- especially to a child. Even when it seems like there are few other visitors in the park, and it’s tempting to let a dog off its leash for just a while, pet owners never know when another hiker will unexpectedly round the corner into their path.

Leash rules also protect park residents. No matter how good-natured a dog may be, it’s always going to be perceived as a threat by wildlife. All it takes is one encounter between a dog and a bird searching for a nesting site to send that bird flying elsewhere. A loose dog can scare away migrating waterfowl and songbirds looking for a place to rest and refuel before continuing their journey. That means fewer birds and other animals in the parks, leading to fewer visitors traveling to see them. Because Medina County parks are popular destinations for photographers and birders from around the region, fewer visitors can even have a negative impact on the local economy.

Leashed dogs are permitted at all Medina County Park District sites with the exception of wildlife sanctuaries. Currently, that applies only to Alderfer-Oenslager Wildlife Sanctuary, the home of Wolf Creek Environmental Center.

Don’t forget there’s one place where pets are welcome to run leash-free: the dog park at Carolyn Ludwig Mugrage Park. There’s a six-acre fenced area for big dogs and a separate one-acre fenced section for small dogs. Pets can play in the pond and follow their noses through the woods to their heart’s content.

It’s easy to rationalize that there’s no harm in letting one dog run loose in one park. What visitors may not stop to consider is the cumulative negative effect on visitors and wildlife when multiple pet owners do the same thing. The park district asks dog owners to respect the park experiences of others by properly leashing -- and cleaning up after -- their pets.

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