Parks & Shelters

ATHENS, Ohio (March 23, 2020) -

In response to Governor Mike DeWine’s press conference on Sunday March 22, 2020 the city of Athens Arts, Parks and Recreation Department is now closing the following park amenities within public parks until further notice.

Playgrounds, Park Shelters to include picnic tables and Public restrooms will be closed beginning Monday March 23, 2020.

Other park areas: Basketball courts, Tennis courts, Athletic Fields, Skate Park and Dog Parks, and our trails and green spaces will remain open. Citizens are encouraged to practice social distancing when visiting these areas of our parks, and should implement “Best Practices for Safe Play” when bringing families to our public parks such as maintaining a 6 foot distance, wash/sanitize hands often, and avoid gathering in large groups.

We encourage you to visit our parks and green spaces – get outdoors! The Ohio Parks and Recreation Association and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources have issued a joint statement urging Ohioans to get outdoors during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see the link below to view the statement.

Are you looking for the place to hold a birthday party, graduation, or a picnic? Athens Arts, Parks & Recreation shelter houses are a great way to connect with family and friends!

All shelter reservations are $30 for the entire day. When a shelter is not reserved it is also available on a first come first served basis at no charge.

In order to reserve a shelter you can call the community center or stop by in person, but you can also do your reservation online! The steps below will walk you through how to reserve your shelter online.

  1. Use this web address:
  2. You will need to create an online account. If you have an online account, login.
  3. Click on “To Reserve a Facility” and then “View Facilities.”
  4. Click on “View Availability” on the shelter you are interested in reserving. Find the date you want to reserve. If it is available click on “Book.”
  5. Type in the name of your event where is says “Event Name” and enter the number of guests you plan to have at your event where it shows you to. Make sure to check the box under where it says 8am.
  6. Click on “Calculate Charges.” (There is a $1.79 processing fee, the total will be $31.79)
  7. Check “Agree to Waiver”
  8. Click on “Reserve”
  9. You will now go to the payment page where you will enter your card information. Once it goes through, you are booked!