On March 19, Holden Arboretum in Kirtland finally closed it gates to the public after staying open longer than most museums and organizations. While its 3,600-acre outdoor facility allowed for visitor social distancing, crowding was happening and I wasn’t possible to maintain distancing while staffing the grounds. Sadly, that meant no access while the grounds evolved into spring, with new sprouts, blossoms and critters appearing every day. (You could follow along on their Facebook page though where they post new photos every day).
But now Holden Arboretum will become one of the first such visitor-focused facilities to reopen when it will first for members only, Tuesday May 12. It will open to the general public about two weeks later, as long as members don’t screw it up for everyone. Be good, OK? And what better reason could there be to join right now?
“As we welcome back our members to the grounds, we will continue to adhere to the public health guidelines provided by federal, state, and local authorities,” they caution potential guests. They including limiting your group to people you live with and no group of more than ten people; maintaining a distance of six feet; and the suggested wearing of a face mask or facial covering.
“The arboretum needs all members and visitors to help us to remain open,” they warn. “Please follow the Ohio Department of Public Health guidelines so that we can continue to provide access to the arboretum grounds for exercise, relaxation, and enjoyment of nature. Please check holdenarb.org regularly as visitation guidelines may change based on our experiences once open to members and the public.
Timed-entry advance registrations are required. Reservations are free for members. All building and restrooms will be closed, so bring your own water and snacks; the Murch Canopy Walk and Kalberer Emergent Tower are also closed for now. Holden Arboretum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 9am-5pm with last entry at 4pm.