Lakeside Update: Pool, Playground, Fireworks & more!

Posted on June 16, 2020

Dear Lakesiders,

Once again, we bring news from Lakeside in the form of our weekly update as we are about to begin the summer Chautauqua season. We continue to monitor the effects of COVID-19 and follow local and state health directives while opening our venues as soon as it is safe to do so. We hope this note finds you and your family healthy and safe.

Most of our recreational venues will open by the weekend, including the Pool at the Grindley Aquatic & Wellness Campus and all playgrounds. We will also begin hosting entertainment outdoors in Bettinger Park, with nightly events or Vespers at the Steel Memorial Bandstand. Please see below for information about Lakeside's venues and programs.

Is the Pool open?

The Pool at the Grindley Aquatic & Wellness Campus opens Saturday, June 20 with new procedures, online reservations and safety protocols in place during the hours of operation.

The pool will be available for open swim in 2-hour time slots. Reservations may be made 24 hours in advance. Chairs and tables are available for use but cannot be moved as they are placed to provide 6 feet of space for social distancing. It is up to swimmers to maintain social distancing while in the water.

To use the pool, make an online reservation for one of the 2-hour timeslots. Only 60 guests permitted per timeslot. Pool reservations will be available for the following timeslots:

Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-12 p.m., 12:30-2:30 p.m. and 3-5 p.m.

Sunday: 12-2 p.m. and 2:30-4:30 p.m.

All guests are required to leave once the 2-hour timeslot expires for sanitation of the facility. Please note that the slides, water features and in-water volleyball and basketball are closed this summer. There will be no swim lessons this summer. Initially there will be no water aerobics classes, but these may be added if timeslots and instructors can be arranged.

For Lap Swim, online reservations for 30-minute timeslots will be available (must be age 14+). Lap Swim reservations are available Monday-Saturday: 7:30-8 a.m., 8-8:30 a.m., 8:30-9 a.m., 9-9:30 a.m., 5:30-6 p.m. and 6-6:30 p.m.; and Sunday: 5-5:30 p.m. and 5:30-6 p.m. Lap swimming will be limited to one person per lane.

The reservation process for the Pool and Lap Swim will be communicated later this week.

Are the Baby Pool & Splash Park open?

The Baby Pool and Splash Park remain closed at this time. The high lake water and storm debris, as well as the State of Ohio regulations are making it difficult to open these venues at this time. We will revisit this decision as the summer progresses

Is the Fitness Room open?

The Magruder Hospital Fitness Room opens Monday, June 15 with new procedures, online reservations, safety protocols and hours of operation in place. Please note that the Wellness Center building, restrooms and Drackett Hall are closed at this time. Public restrooms are available on the East side of the Pool entrance building.

To use the Fitness Room, make an online reservation for a 50-minute timeslot (available 24 hours in advance). Must be age 14+ to use the Fitness Room. Only 4 guests permitted per timeslot. Each 50-minute timeslot begins at the top of the hour. All guests are required to leave once the 50-minute timeslot expires for sanitation of the facility.

The Fitness Room is open Monday: 6 a.m.-6 p.m., Tuesday: 6 a.m.-8 p.m., Wednesday: closed, Thursday: 6 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday: 6 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday: 6 a.m.-2 p.m., and Sunday: closed. View additional operational procedures at lakesideohio.com/wellness.

Are Playgrounds, Basketball and Sand Volleyball Courts, and Gaga Ball opening?

Playgrounds in Bettinger Park, Perry Park, Cherry Avenue and Cedar Avenue (Campground) open Saturday, June 20. It is up to parents to help children to be safe and maintain social distancing while playing in the playgrounds. Playgrounds are open until dusk. Please note that Supervised Playground will not be offered this summer.

The Basketball and Sand Volleyball Courts open Monday, June 15. Gaga Ball in Cherry Park will not be offered this summer.

Playgrounds in Bettinger Park, Perry Park, Cherry Avenue and Cedar Avenue (Campground) open Saturday, June 20. It is up to parents to help children to be safe and maintain social distancing while playing in the playgrounds. Playgrounds are open until dusk. Please note that Supervised Playground will not be offered this summer.

The Basketball and Sand Volleyball Courts open Monday, June 15. Gaga Ball in Cherry Park will not be offered this summer.

Will there be fireworks on the Fourth of July?

Fireworks will begin at 9:45 p.m. Saturday, July 4. A barge will launch the fireworks starting from the west end of the lakefront (near the Gundlach Garden) and travel east until Perry Park so that all can practice safe social distancing along the entire lakefront. Watch for signs at the Pavilion about dock closure for the day. Please note: guests are not permitted to reserve space for the fireworks until Saturday, July 4. Blankets and chairs may be removed by staff if necessary. In the event of inclement weather, the fireworks will be moved to Sunday, July 5.

Is Hoover Auditorium open?

It was decided in May that Hoover Auditorium would be closed for the summer. However, we are offering a new entertainment lineup outdoors at the Steele Memorial Bandstand and Pavilion to practice safe social distancing.

The first two weeks of the Chautauqua programming season will feature Ohio artists, such as Helen Welch and The Drowsy Lads, among others. Most of our marquee Hoover Auditorium shows have been cancelled or postponed to future seasons. Other events, like God Squad, MGM, Religious Life Seminars and fitness classes, will also be held outdoors.

Programs that will be offered virtually include the Community Worship Services, Faith of Living Hour, Chautauqua Lecture Series, Wellness Seminars, some Rhein Center classes, and more. Most programs will be free, while others will require registration and a fee. We will even be offering special virtual events with featured entertainers and artists throughout the summer, like Jeff Daniels on June 25.

Visit lakesideohio.com/calendar to view onsite and virtual programs as they are finalized.

What can I do at Lakeside now?

Tennis & Pickleball: To play, you are required to make a one-hour court reservation online at lakesideohio.com/reservation. The Williams Tennis Campus and Hubbard Pickleball Center are open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 12-5 p.m. Sunday, weather permitting. Look for signage or see a Tennis/Pickleball staff member for safety and sanitizing protocols.

Shuffleboard: is open from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 12-9 p.m. Sunday, weather permitting. Every other court is open for play, and players are encouraged to wear masks. No reservation needed. See Shuffleboard staff for safety and sanitizing protocols.

Miniature Golf: is open from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 12-10 p.m. Sunday, weather permitting. The cost is $3.50/game; age 5 & under are free. No reservation needed. See Miniature Golf attendant for safety and sanitizing protocols.

Waterfront Information Center/Boat Rentals: are open and renting kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. At this time, sailboat rentals are available to Society of Old Salts (S.O.S.) members only. Hours of operation for the Waterfront Information Center/Boat Rentals are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 12-5 p.m. Sunday. Waterfront boat rental reservations are taken until 4:45 p.m. See Waterfront Information Center staff for safety and sanitizing protocols.

Beach, Dock, Waterfront Swimming & Fishing: The beach and dock are open, but may close on days due to inclement weather, high water and occasionally while construction is taking place at the Pavilion. The waterfront is life-guarded from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 12-6 p.m. Sunday. Fishing off the dock is permitted with safe social distancing.

Dockside Worship: is held at 8:30 a.m. Sundays at the Steele Memorial Bandstand. This informal worship service near water’s edge includes prayer requests, a variety of Christian hymns and contemporary songs, an inspiring message and the Sacrament of Holy Communion (with individual commercially packaged communion kits). While some seating is provided in Bettinger Park, guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets and to practice safe social distancing. In the case of inclement weather, this service will be cancelled.

Lakeside United Methodist Church: posts pre-recorded videos of its worship services at lakesideohumc.com so that all may join in worship from their homes. Services are saved for four weeks.

Community Worship: is livestreamed every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. You can view the livestream at lakesideohio.com/calendar, Lakeside Chautauqua's official Facebook page or the Lakeside Chautauqua YouTube page.

Administration Office: is open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday.

Hoover Ticket Office: is open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 12-2 p.m. Sunday. Season Chautauqua Passes can be ordered online and picked up at the Hoover Ticket Office, located at 115 Third St.

Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation Office: is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. To make an online donation, visit lakesideohio.com/today, call (419) 798-4461, ext. 246; mail your check directly to: Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation, 236 Walnut Ave., Lakeside, OH 43440; or visit the Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation Office/Legacy House at 217 Walnut Ave. We thank you for all the ways you support Lakeside, and we hope that we can continue to count on your support in the months ahead.

Heritage Hall Museum & Archives: is open 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday. The Archives will be open by appointment only. For any research request, stop by the popup tent at the Museum from 1-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday. Look for signage or see a staff member for safety and sanitizing protocols.

Cottage Rentals: The Lakeside Chautauqua Realty Cottage Rental Office and Street Sotheby’s International Realty Office are taking weekly cottage rental reservations for summer 2020. Contact the Lakeside Chautauqua Realty Cottage Rental Office at (866) 952-5374, ext. 334 or 348 or check availability online. Contact Street Sotheby’s International Realty at (877) 798-1123 or check availability online.

Restaurants, Shops & Services: are open; view hours and safety protocols at lakesideohio.com/businessdistrict.

Hotel Lakeside Dining Room: is open for carryout and delivery on weekends: 4:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. & 4:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sunday. To place an order, call (419) 798-4461, ext. 257 and pay by credit card over the phone. If you choose to have your order delivered, food will be left at your doorstep. If you choose to pick up your order, you will be given a time to come to the Hotel Lakeside courtyard (behind the hotel) at 150 Maple Ave. and staff will bring out your order when it's ready. The dining room will slowly transition to offer table side service at the hotel's outdoor courtyard and dining room in the coming weeks.

Lakeside Laundromat: is open and now operated by two young families, the Linvilles and Rinaldos. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. For more information, visit the Lakeside Laundromat Facebook page.

Lakeside Chautauqua is grateful to Tom and Marcy Winkel for their years of service working as proprietors of the Lakeside Laundromat. The laundromat has played a significant role in the Lakeside experience for many families, friends and guests. We wish Tom and Marcy luck with all their future endeavors.

Campground: is open for the summer. The Campground offers full hookups, as well as tent camping sites. For reservations, contact (866) 952-5374, ext. 230 or campground@lakesideohio.com. For more information, visit lakesideohio.com/campground.

Public Restrooms: are located at the Pavilion, Bluebird Café, Bettinger Park near Shuffleboard, Upper Room near World Next Door, pool east outdoor and Wesley Lodge (as needed).

Shuttle: At this time, only one six-passenger shuttle is running from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, with the last pick up at 8:50 p.m., and 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, with the last pick up at 10:50 p.m. This shuttle is also acting as the Mack Mobile, which is available for guests with limited mobility; call (419) 341-8247. Two six-passenger shuttles are available on Sunday mornings.

Each cart will be sanitized in the morning and cleaned after a passenger exits. Clear partitions have been installed between each seat. Only the driver will be seated in the front seat. One passenger will be allowed per seat or two family members social distancing together. Protect yourself and others by wearing masks in public areas.

Recycling & Trash Services: are offered at 7 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays through Labor Day weekend. Recyclables and trash may also be taken to the large receptacles across from the South Gate Parking Lot year-round.

What’s opening soon?

Hotel Lakeside & Fountain Inn: will open on Friday, June 19. Hotel industry COVID-19 housekeeping standards and cleaning protocols are being implemented. To make a reservation for Hotel Lakeside, visit lakesideohio.com/hotellakeside. To make a reservation for the Fountain Inn, visit lakesideohio.com/fountaininn.

Farmers’ Market: Lakeside hosts a bi-weekly Farmers’ Market on Tuesdays and Fridays from June 23-Sept. 4. This year, the market has relocated to the greenspace around the Lakeside Schoolhouse to practice safe social distancing. Lakeside has designated 8:30-9 a.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays as an early shopping time for those with health issues. The Farmers’ Market will open to all Lakesiders at 9 a.m. Read more...

Rhein Center Classes: The Rhein Center will offer virtual and outdoor classes beginning Monday, June 22. The Epworth Lodge building, including the restrooms and water fountain, will be closed to the public. The Rhein Center is paying careful attention to sanitation and social distancing to protect all instructors, students and staff. Masks will be required for all in-person classes. Also, please remember to bring your own water bottle and your own paint shirt if necessary. For the 2020 season, class registration will be available online or by phone at (419) 798-4461, ext. 276. There will be no in-person registration. Registration and payment for all virtual classes is open. Registration and payment for weekday onsite classes begins each Thursday at 8 a.m. the week before the class starts and continues through the week, subject to availability. For more information, visit lakesideohio.com/classes.

Lakeside (Virtual) Art Show: Consider participating in the 64th Annual Lakeside Art Show. The Art Show is a non-juried show that awards prizes for a variety of two-dimensional artwork created by artists of all ages. Though we cannot hold the show as usual in the lobby of Hoover Auditorium, it will carry on in a virtual format!

Artists are asked to submit photographs of their work to be displayed online from June 23 to July 25. Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and Honorable Mention in Adult and Teen categories. Non-cash honors include the People’s Choice Award, the Laura J. Werden Lakeside Award and the Neil Glaser Watercolor Award.

The deadline to register is Wednesday, June 17 or until registration is full. Find more information on how to register at lakesideohio.com/artshow.

Are the gates in operation?

The Lakeside gates are in operation from Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day (excluding Monday, Aug. 31 through Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, which will be free admission and parking).

A Daily or Season Chautauqua Pass and Auto Pass are required to enter Lakeside during the gated season. Admission and parking fees increase on Saturday, June 20. As always, admission for children age 12 & under and guests over the age of 90 is free.

Due to the effects of COVID-19, we’ve reduced the number of our gate attendants this summer and have closed some of our gate entrances early. The updated pre-season gate hours are as follows:

  • Fifth Street Gate: open 24 hours/7 days a week
  • South Gate: 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday
  • East Second Street Gate: 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday
  • West Second Street Gate: 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday
  • Welcome Center: Closed most days, but may open for weekends

Gate hours may change throughout the summer, visit lakesideohio.com/gates for updates and more information.

Where can I access Wi-Fi while at Lakeside?

Free Wi-Fi is available from the Hoover Auditorium porch, Pavilion and Walnut Avenue Pedestrian Walkway. Username is lakeside; password is season2020. The Pool (called Lakeside_Wellness_Center) password is Wellness01. Coffee & Cream, the Lakeside Laundromat, Bluebird Café and the Lakeside Women’s Club provide Wi-Fi for patrons. Hotel Lakeside and the Fountain Inn provide Wi-Fi for overnight guests only. Wesley Lodge, South Auditorium, Wo-Ho-Mis, Campground and the Lakeside Dorm have Wi-Fi for those who rent or live in the facilities.

Where can I buy gift cards?

Lakeside offers Gift Cards as a way to pay for Daily, Weekly or Partial Day Chautauqua Passes, and even Season Passes! Gift Cards are available to purchase in values of any amount. To purchase gift cards, contact (419) 798-4461, ext. 249 or accounting@lakesideohio.com.

Adult Season Chautauqua Passholders can purchase discounted gift cards up to $600 in value at the discounted rate of 15% off. Gift cards are available in multiples of $200 in value for a price of $170 each. To purchase discounted gift cards, visit the Hoover Ticket Office.

Danbury Township Police Department Announcement

Danbury Township Police Department wants to assure the Lakeside community that the incidents of recent thefts were from one young individual. It should be a reminder that you should never leave valuables in unlocked cars as mischief can happen anywhere, even within the gates of Lakeside.

I want to plan my family vacation. What does Lakeside have planned for the summer?

To view our most up-to-date schedule of events, visit lakesideohio.com/calendar. As programs and events are finalized, we will be updating the calendar. You may have to ‘refresh’ to view changes, as we are making updates every day. Also, download the Lakeside app for events.