County Operated Parks to Reopen on August 3

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A view of Lake Erie shoreline from the Luensman Overview Park.
A view of Lake Erie shoreline from the Luensman Overview Park.

Erlandson and Luensman Overview Parks to Open to the Public

The Chautauqua County Department of Public Facilities Division of Parks and Recreation has announced that Luensman Overview Park and Erlandson Overview Park will reopen to the public on August 3, 2020.

John R. Luensman Overview Park is located on Thayer Road in the Town of Portland. It is situated at the top of the Lake Erie escarpment with a view of the lake plain, villages along the north shore and the Canadian south shore.

Tom Erlandson Overview Park is located on Oak Hill Road in the Town of Carroll. The park is at an elevation of 2,080 feet, making it the second highest elevation in the county. It offers a panoramic view of the surrounding countryside, including Chautauqua Lake to the west, Onoville valley to the east, and the Allegheny Mountains to the south.

Both parks will be open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to dusk from August 3 through November 1, 2020, but will not have any restroom facilities open. No large gatherings or organized events will be permitted until further notice at either park.

“Both parks usually open in mid-May, but their openings were delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing requirements and the county’s budgetary constraints,” said Brad Bentley, Chautauqua County Department of Public Facilities Director. “With the opening of the parks, I remind those utilizing them to please be respectful of others, practice social distancing, and wear a face covering when unable to maintain at least six feet of distance from others.”

For more information about parks and trails that are operated and maintained by the Chautauqua County Department of Public Facilities, please visit https://chqgov.com/parks-and-trails/parks-trails or www.hikechautauqua.com, or call (716) 661-8417.