The grounds at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens will open to the public on Friday, April 24, 2020 for walking in the gardens, as a service to the community during the pandemic. Only the gardens and grounds will be open, and the number of guests will be limited to maintain a safe environment. State Rep. Bill Roemer (R-Richfield) encourages individuals to visit in accordance with social distancing precautions.
“I am excited to participate with Stan Hywet and Summit County Public Health to offer our residents another opportunity to safely enjoy the outdoors” Roemer stated. “Stan Hywet’s renowned gardens are unrivaled greenspace in Northeast Ohio and I feel this is a perfect site for my constituents to get out and about in these times of social distancing.”
Over the past few weeks, conversations with community leaders began for Stan Hywet to consider opening its grounds as a park. The intention is giving the public another option while providing enough area to practice social distancing. With the weather improving, parks and other outdoor spaces have begun to see larger crowds, increasing the need for more options for people to spread out safely during the pandemic.
Going forward, hours of operation are Wednesday through Sunday, 8:30 – 10 a.m. for seniors, and 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. for all guests. The usual admission fee has been waived, although donations will be accepted.
All guests must adhere to current CDC social distancing guidelines by staying six feet from other guests while they tour the gardens. The Manor House and all other buildings, including restrooms, will remain closed. Stan Hywet staff will manage the guest capacity for the safety of staff and guests, and to maintain proper social distancing.
Stan Hywet is located at 714 North Portage Path in Akron, Ohio.