Rudolph Bike Park: Grand Opening | Arrowwood Archery Range: Target updates | Adam Phillips Pond: Restocked Fish | Carter Historic Farm: new AED, installed 330 pasture fence posts, built an extension on the implement barn, donated over 1,000 lbs of produce to the Brown Bag Food Pantry | Otsego: painted trim, updated outlook display | W. W. Knight Nature Center: Classroom remodeling and Window on Wildlife interactive updates | Wood County Museum: fence restoration | William Henry Harrison: Park Police Headquarters, painted shelters | Park District Headquarters: flagpole Eagle Scout project, new phone system, and AEDs installed. | Staff work days at Sawyer Quarry and Otsego Park. | Awarded $124,000 in grants to local parks in Wood County.
2022 In Review
Programs: 280 Public programs in nature education, outdoor adventure, wellness, art, and cultural
heritage served 4,773 community members. 312 requested group tours and field trips served 5,229
children, and 313 adults. Most programs were offered free of charge. Thank you for participating!
Volunteers: Over 400 Volunteers donated over 3,000 hours of service to the park district.
Stewardship: Managed 1,200 acres of land. Worked on restoring habitat at 13 nature preserves.
Grew over 30,000 native forbs (100 species) and shrubs (19 species) from seeds collected in
the parks. Conducted 19 acres of prescribed burn, managed 70,000 honeybees in apiaries.
Partnered with the Green Ribbon Initiative. Established a bed of Sweet Fern and shared with
the Native Plant Growing Group (GRI). Led year-round volunteer programs for native plants.
Community: Interactive booths at Fairs & Festivals, Hiking Challenge: 25 people earned shirts.
Go Green Passport: 203 people earned bamboo utensils with green choices & visiting parks.
Community members celebrated & made memories with us at Heritage Farm Fest & Wild Lights.
37,023 attendees experienced events such as weddings & family reunions at park facilities.
Park Police: new Park Police Officer Brett Foos, new Chief of Park Police, Safety Towns, Safety Fairs, Trunk or Treat, Shop with a Cop events, Community Parades, New Headquarters at William Henry Harrison Park, event facility open views, and park police responded to over 800 calls for service in 2022.
2022 Board of Park Commissioners:
Board Chair: Sandy Wiechman
Board Vice Chair: Kim Rose
Welcome new 2023 Board Members:
Director: Chris Smalley
Asst. Director: Andrew Kalmar
Construction: Tom Belcher
Office: Kristin Long
Operations: Rob Brian
Park Police: Steve Thomson
Programs: Jim Witter
Stewardship: Eric Scott
Bowling Green: Inclusive Playground $24,115.00
Perrysburg: Kayak Launch $13,678.00
Cygnet: Ball field Fence $12,000.00
Walbridge: Zip Cruiser Play $9,925.00
Webster Township: Shelter House $8,954.00
Custar: Musical Sensory Play $7,620.00
Northwood: Picnic Area & Tables $7,124.00
Tontogany: Swings & Play $6,850.00
Perrysburg Township: Playground surfacing $6,580.00
Haskins: Accessible Picnic $6,500.00
West Millgrove: Metallophone & Swings $5,756.00
Rossford: Pavillion enhancements $5,458.00
Wayne: Fossil Play $4,135.00
Luckey: Spinner Play $3,822.00
Bloomdale: Swivel Grills $1,598.00
Levy: 2,926,516, Homestead: 300,210, Facility Rentals: 135,813, Receipts & Interest: 27,681, Gifts & Donations: 9,363, Farm Rental: 114,622, Grants: 5961
[Wages: 1,641,4341 + Medicare: 21,508 + Workers Comp: 12,294 + Health Benefits: 272,097]
Contract Services: 289,884
[Travel 17,735 and Other 75,181]
Adv/Printing – Outreach: 54,926
Capital Improvements: 210,176
Local Park Grants: 138,158