Ashtabula County Metroparks and University Hospitals will kick off their new Parks Rx Program at 8:45 a.m. on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at UH Geneva Medical Center.

The program’s goal is to help the community get healthy and stay healthy while enjoying Ashtabula County Metroparks. Park Rx encourages visitors to make use of parks to focus on wellness and improving health, including taking part in activities like walking or biking, rehabilitating after surgery or simply enjoying nature’s beauty.  UH Health professionals will select appropriate outdoor activities for patients and provide the “prescription” insert with a Metroparks park brochure at visits. Pediatrician Dr. Evan Howe and Denise DiDonato, Manager of Business Development will represent UH for the kickoff.

Metroparks’ summer programming will include a variety of programs such as yoga basics, group hikes, nature hikes, cycling rides and medicinal plants.  Program descriptions and registration can be found at www.ashtabulametroparks.com .

“Park Rx is really a program for everyone in the community. With over 2,000 acres of land, 28 miles of hike and bike trail, 15 miles of primitive trails and five miles of equestrian trails, it’s a great way to explore Ashtabula County while also working toward healthy goals.” said Larry Frimerman, Executive Director of Ashtabula County Metroparks. “We will continue and expand programs to improve quality of life for the community and look for feedback provided by our participants to further expand our offerings. It is our expectation that other health care partners will join in on the program,” added Frimerman.

Ashtabula County Metroparks is an Ohio Revised Code statutory park district providing quality park experiences in ten currently open parks covering nearly 1,200 acres of publicly accessible parkland throughout Ashtabula County and founded in 1959. Ashtabula County Metroparks is primarily funded through a five-year parks levy which passed in 2014, which has permitted the significant expansion of its park holdings and open parks. Since 2014, Metroparks has tripled the number of open parks and publicly accessible acreage as well as adding amenities throughout the Greenway and each of its open parks.

For more information, visit www.ashtabulametroparks.com., visit us on Facebook and other social media or call (440) 576-0717.