Thank you, Toledo!
- Best Place to Kayak: Middlegrounds (finalist: Farnsworth)
- Best Park: Wildwood Preserve (finalist: Side Cut)
- Favorite Free Thing to Do in Toledo: Visit Any Metropark
Thank you, Toledo!
Great things are happening in the neighborhood. We are thrilled to be part of it.
The fifth and final open house about the Maumee River Water Trail is this evening at Locke Branch Library, 703 Miami Street, Toledo. Come any time between 5:30 and 7 to learn more about the designation and how it would improve paddling on our great river.
Four Presidents – George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln – are immortalized in granite in the Black Hills National Forest of South Dakota. But several other presidents were also connected to Mt. Rushmore National Monument.
President Calvin Coolidge first dedicated the monument in 1927, before it was finished, and President George H.W. Bush dedicated it again on the 50th anniversary of its opening in 1991. President Franklin Delano Roosevel...t was in office in 1941 when the giant sculptures were completed. FDR was a distant relative of the earlier President Roosevelt, “Teddy,” who was considered the “conservation president” and signed the Antiquities Act of 1906 that established the first National Monuments.
It was during this period in American History, in 1928, that the Toledo Metropolitan Park District was born. There were seven Metroparks by 1941, the year that the monument was completed, and workers from FDR’s Civilian Conservation Corps program were at work in all seven.
Today, there are 14 Metroparks, and we hope you spend part of your Presidents Day holiday exploring them.
Forecast for this weekend: Busy parks! With 14 Metroparks, there is room to roam.
Any special event is even more special when it's in a Metropark. Coming to an open house at one of our facilities is an easy way to shop for just the right location for your wedding, reception, shower, reunion, business meeting or other gathering.
Congratulations to Tim Schetter, director of natural resources, who was honored last night with the Jack Hanna Conservation Award from the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association. The award was for Tim's work over the past 14 years acquiring land to expand the park district and restoring natural areas. Metroparks won 10 other awards, including a record six first place honors from the statewide organization.
Metroparks is hiring for seasonal help in Grounds Maintenance and Natural Resources.
Make your voice heard! The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is updating the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan, and you can participate by taking the SCORP survey. The ODNR and others - including Metroparks - use the survey results when making plans to serve the outdoor recreation needs of our state and local communities.
Take the survey: https://ohio.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0BAo7a34PZhC0TP
The Winterquest Snowtacular cross country ski race and kids snowshoe obstacle course planned for Saturday is canceled. Watch for more Winterquest events when the weather permits.
Teen CITs learn leadership skills while spending time outdoors helping at Metroparks summer camps.