At least one member of the Chagrin Falls Parks Commission is questioning the wisdom of allowing weddings to take place in village parks and other spaces such as the stairway to the falls overlook.

The subject arose during the commission’s Aug. 5 meeting when administrative assistant Kristy Holmes asked for guidance, in light of COVID-19 regulations, on an application from a village resident requesting use of the falls overlook for her Oct. 15 wedding.

Chagrin Councilwoman Nancy Rogoff, who is council’s representative to the commission, observed that private weddings and all they entail obstruct the public from use of that space and the commission consider prohibiting them as an allowed activity.

For now, weddings will still be permitted but – as it is with all events held on village property – must adhere to state and federal rules and mandates for gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic, whatever they may be on the day of the event.

In addition, Mrs. Rogoff pointed out the wedding application used for the pending request was new to her and there was no indication where it originated or how it had come to be “official.”

With that in mind, “we will be reviewing all of our applications for parks [uses] including the wedding form [which] does not ask for the number of guests in attendance,” Ms. Holmes concluded. 

There were no comments from other members of the commission which include Chairwoman Anne deConingh, Tod White, Greta Insolia and Jeff Opperman.

A veteran reporter and columnist, Barbara Christian has been covering Chagrin Falls since 1967 and is currently responsible for Chagrin Falls village events, government and school board news along with her weekly column "Window on Main Street."

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