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2015-'16 Press Release | Winter Sports Chart

To learn if sledding and skating areas are open, call our seasonal info line (330-865-8060) or follow @metro_parks on Twitter.

The best conditions for sledding include frozen ground with at least two inches of snow cover. Walk up the side of sled hills, not in the center where you may be in the path of moving sleds. Sledding is prohibited on trails and wooded hills.

Ice Skating
Never skate on a pond or lake unless signs indicate it is open for skating. Ice must be four inches thick and free of snow, and temperatures must remain several degrees below freezing for long periods of time. Wear properly fitted skates with sharpened blades for enhanced control and safety.

Ice Fishing
Ice fishing is possible in Liberty Park's Tinkers Creek Area, at Nimisila Reservoir Metro Park (5550 Christman Rd., Green) and the lake in Silver Creek Metro Park, dawn to dusk as conditions allow. Users may not light fires, take motorized vehicles onto the ice, or build/leave structures and shelters on park property. Temporary shanties may be moved only by hand from the parking lot to the lake, and must be removed daily.

Click here for the ODNR Division of Wildlife's safety tips.

Cross-Country Skiing
Some areas are too steep to negotiate safely on skis. To help keep your skis from being damaged by sharp, uncovered stones, ski only when the trails have at least two inches of snow cover.




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Metro Parks is governed by volunteers. Commissioners serve overlapping three-year terms without compensation.

The Crooked River
Before European settlers arrived, Native Americans lived and farmed along the fertile banks of the Cuyahoga River.

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