So instead, a park ranger usually travels each night to several district properties, where he locks the gates leading into each parking lot.
Gates are located at many MetroParks properties, including Edison Woods, James H. McBride Arboretum and Castalia Quarry.
It typically takes about 90 minutes for one person to drive across Erie County — starting from the east and finishing in the west — to lock all the gates.
The laborious process seems inefficient. Realizing this, park commissioners and other workers started discussing the possibility of leaving all the gates open once a property closes.
All Erie MetroParks properties close at dusk, with some exceptions.
“Our immediate concern would lead to vandalism or other problems associated with nighttime activities,” Erie MetroParks commissioner Kurt Landefeld said. “But now a person won’t have to lock the gates, and they can patrol and keep an eye on other things. It’s one less task to do.”
Commissioners plan to talk further about this possible change in the coming weeks.