Northwest Ohio just minutes from Toledo, was
originally established to administer land along the
Maumee River that had been donated by the
Nyswander-Thurston family of Grand Rapids in
1934. In accordance with Ohio law, a Board of
Park Commissioners was formed, and a small
millage was set aside from the county taxes to
cover expenses. A few years later, Otsego Park
was purchased from the State following the
bankruptcy of the former amusement park. In
1951, William Henry Harrison Park was created
when the Pemberville Civic Club sold their land
along the Portage River to the Park District.
Over the years, each park has been developed to
enhance the natural, cultural and historical aspects
in their respective areas. At the time, however,
the costs associated with the maintenance of those facilities
outweighed the small millage set aside for Park District operations.
As a result, the Park District donated the Nyswander-Thurston Park
property to the State of Ohio in 1969, creating Mary Jane Thurston
State Park. With the addition of maintenance responsibilities at the
former Wood County Infirmary site, potential responsibilities for
operation of the proposed Cedar Creeks Preserve, and the demand
for new park areas, it became apparent that the Park District needed
a levy to continue park operations.
The first park levy was passed in 1988. With the passage by the
voters, improvements were made to existing parks and
opportunities for new facilities and expanded programs for the
area residents were realized.
Since that time, the Park District has grown from three parks
with twenty-two acres to twenty-one parks spread throughout
the county and encompasses more than 1,251 acres of
parklands. This growth would not have been possible without
the strong support of our community. Thank you!
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"Just got back from the fun fest and had a wonderful time with my twin 4 year-olds. Games, candy, cider, smores and wagon ride were all wonderful. Thanks so much for a fun, free family event in BG."