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Secrest Arboretum external road closure

Based on the recommendations of a recently conducted independent traffic study, a section of Williams Road and Green Drive at Secret Arboretum will be closed to automobiles beginning on Monday, July 1.

This closure will last for 60 days and is intended to assess the safety of the area, where there is concern about pedestrian safety, as well as excess traffic and speeding. After the trial has ended, we’ll determine how effective that closure was for the purposes listed above and if a more permanent solution is needed to ensure the safety of all visitors.

Important notes about the upcoming closure:

  • Williams Road will be closed near the southeast corner of the Secrest Welcome & Education Center (SWEC), which will prohibit traffic to the Taylor Pavilion and Slide parking area. 
    • There will be signage to direct traffic that is on Willians Road to the additional parking located in the large lot west of SWEC. 
    • Access to the Taylor Pavilion and Slide will still be available via traveling north on Green Drive from Selby Road.
  • Green Drive will be closed immediately north of the Taylor Pavilion and Slide parking area, prohibiting traffic to SWEC. 
    • SWEC can be accessed by traveling south on Green Drive, then right onto Selby Road, followed by turning right on Gossard Drive, then making another right on Williams Road.

Please note the planned closure areas, all shown in the map below, which also has alternative routes provided. Those with questions can directly contact Jason Veil, Secrest Arboretum curator, at 330-202-3582 or email

Thank you for your patience and understanding with this closure.

Secrest road closure map