About Us

The Wood County Park District, located in

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!


Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 July 2016 08:45
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"Thanks once again for generously allowing us to use your facilities at Harrison Park in Pemberville for our Girl Scout Day Camp. Our camp was a success because of your kindness. We so appreciate your support of Girl Scouting."