Flying Drones in Cleveland Metroparks

Cleveland Metroparks has drone regulations which specify what, where, and when you can fly a drone in their regional parks. I created this page to provide some additional information about those sites, and distill their regs page into a table that’s easy to understand and use.

There are three sites specified for year-round flying, plus six golf course fairways available for drone use in the winter (November 1 to March 15). Except for those sites, it is against Metroparks’ rules to fly drones anywhere in the parks.

All drones must weigh less than 4.4 lbs (2 kg). Known airspace restrictions are noted below.  Be sure to check B4YouFly or Airmap for any temporary airspace restrictions (NOTAMs, TFRs, etc).

SiteAvailableMapAirspaceNotes
Polo Fields at South Chagrin ReservationYear Round(map)--
Top O' Ledges at Hinkley ReservationYear Round(map)
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Main Street Diamond at Mill Stream RunYear Round(map)
FAA Authorization Required (Hopkins)See site notes.
Fairways at Seneca Golf CourseNov 1 - Mar 15(map)-See golf course notes, below.
Fairways at Big Met Golf CourseNov 1 - Mar 15(map)FAA Authorization Required (Hopkins)See golf course notes, below.
Fairways at Little Met Golf CourseNov 1 - Mar 15(map)FAA Authorization Required (Hopkins)See golf course notes, below.
Fairways at Mastick Woods Golf CourseNov 1 - Mar 15(map)FAA Authorization Required (Hopkins)See golf course notes, below.
Fairways at Washington Golf CourseNov 1 - Mar 15(map)FAA Authorization Required (Burke)See golf course notes, below.
Fairways at Shawnee Hills Golf Course(see notes)(map)Drone Use Prohibited due to National Park restrictions.-

Golf Course Notes

When flying on golf courses, be sure to follow these additional restrictions:

  • Must not interfere with any other users’ activities (snowshoeing, XC skiing, etc.)
  • Not permitted from any course greens or tees
  • Not permitted if course is open for golf
  • Not permitted Mar 16 – Oct 31
  • Not permitted at Sleepy Hollow or Manakiki courses

I hope you find this helpful! If you have anything to add or correct please let me know.

Map of Metroparks Drone Sites

Green: No Restrictions, Yellow: Some Restrictions, Red: Prohibited










References

Cleveland Metroparks Drone Regulations
Cleveland Metroparks Golf Courses