Daily closing of the gates to Alum Creek State Park
DELAWARE, Ohio- To increase visitor safety, the beach gates at Alum Creek State Park will be closed daily at 9 p.m. starting today, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) . Closing the gate will also impact visitors using the large public parking lot and access to the park’s Storybook trail.
“The day-use facilities at Alum Creek State Park, such as the beach, have seen historic use since last year,” said Glen Cobb, head of the Parks and Watercraft division of the ODNR. “Closing the doors daily and establishing daily visiting hours will help protect the area from illegal behavior, such as illegal dumping and vandalism. “
ODNR natural resources officers will increase patrols and strictly enforce all Ohio waste laws. If park visitors are spotted littering by officers, they will be cited for improper waste disposal. Garbage violations can cost up to $ 500 per incident and 60 days in jail.
Located just outside of Franklin County, Alum Creek State Park draws visitors from across the Columbus metro area. The high traffic last summer at the beach, picnic areas and nearby parking lots had unintended consequences, such as a significant increase in litter and illegal dumping.
Park activities permitted after dark, such as fishing, may still be practiced in other areas of the park; fishermen are warned not to park in the beach parking lot for evening fishing.
To learn more about Alum Creek’s daytime activities and accommodations, visit ohiostateparks.gov.
The ODNR Parks and Watercraft Division provides exceptional opportunities for outdoor recreation and boating by balancing exceptional customer service, education and conservation in the 75 parks and waterways of the State of Ohio.