About Us

historicalwoodcountymapThe 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



Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 October 2015 11:56
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Just wanted to say we had a wonderful time camping last weekend!  My girls have talked a lot about what we did and how much fun they had and that makes us very happy!  Keep offering all the great Wood County park programs, they are a tremendous value to our community!  - Heather Janes