Effective June 29, 2020 Cincinnati Parks is temporarily closing to vehicular traffic the section of Burnet Woods Drive winding through the center of the park (see attached map). The road will remain open for pedestrian and bike traffic. This change was planned as one component of the Park Board 2007 Master Plan and has been a topic of conversation supported by many in the surrounding communities.
The reason for the closure is to create additional green space within the center of the park by making this area safer for pedestrians and cyclists. At present, this steep section of the road allows vehicular traffic to cut through the park’s trail system. This can cause conflicts between cars, cyclists, children and adults since the trail system crosses the road at this location.
When the temporary vehicular closure is implemented on June 29, Cincinnati Parks will distribute an electronic survey to park users and stakeholders. Parks will also be collecting feedback from individual park stakeholder organizations and users within and outside of the immediate vicinity. During this closure, Parks staff will assess the impact on park users and park operations. The closure will be re-evaluated in 90 days after adequate community feedback has been received.
Help the Parks Department decide whether to make the closure permanent by taking a survey on the temporary closure here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GKWZXCQ