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 smal
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 1,100 acres of
parklands. This growth would not have been possible without the strong support of our
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