Wood County Park District
21 Parks & Nature Preserves
Open daily 8 am – 30 minutes past sunset

1,125 Acres of land protected | 24 Miles of Trails
5 Playgrounds | 3 Nature Interpretive Centers
8 Fishing Locations | 3 restored Wetlands
6 Picnic Shelters | 4 paddling areas

2023 Accomplishments
Look at everything we’ve accomplished together! 1,847 feet of boardwalk replaced at W. W. Knight
Planted 2,200 trees and completed an expansion of the building at J.C. Reuthinger
Masonry reinforcement work completed in Otsego Park Thompson Stone Hall basement
Farrowing House repairs at Carter Historic Farm
All-staff work days at Carter Historic Farm, J.C. Reuthinger Memorial Preserve, W. W. Knight Nature Preserve, Slippery Elm Trail, and Bradner Preserve
Fireplace upgrades at Thompson Stone Hall and Hankison Great Room
Trail resurfacing at Cedar Creeks and W. W. Knight Nature Preserve
Vegetation management along the Slippery Elm Trail
Park vehicle replacements
Carter Farm donated 2,363 pounds of fresh produce to the Brown Bag Project
New ramp on the W. W. Knight Nature Center patio
Parking lots repaved at W. W. Knight and Headquarters
Two parking lots tar & chip sealed at Bradner Preserve
Force-main sewer installed at Headquarters
4 furnaces replaced at W. W. Knight Nature Preserve
New refrigerator and microwave installed at the Thompson Stone Hall kitchen;
Water treatment system installed and invasive tree removal at Carter Historic Farm

Programs: 13,002 community members made memories with us at over 600 programs in nature education, outdoor adventure, wellness, art, and cultural heritage. We shared in the fun at Wild Lights, Farm to Fork breakfast, Heritage Farm Fest, Heritage Holiday, & many more!
Volunteers: Over 700 Volunteers donated nearly 4,000 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. Partnered with the Green Ribbon Initiative. Planted over 2,400 trees, and led year-round volunteer programs in conservation like the Native Plant Program.
Community: Interactive booths at fairs & festivals. Partnered with over 100 organizations to accomplish great things for our community.
Rentals: 37,316 attendees experienced 1,023 special events such as weddings, & family reunions at the parks. Visit wcparks.org to reserve a facility.

Park Police
All officers completed 40+ hours of law enforcement training. 19,458 Citizen Contacts, 556 Calls for Service, Safety Towns, Trunk-or-Treat, Shop with a Cop events, parades, facility open views, led CPR and First Aid trainings, and reached over 1,000 people at community Safety Fairs and programs.

2023 Board of Park Commissioners:
Board Chair, Tom Myers
Board Vice Chair, Sandy Wiechman
Rebecca Ferguson, Wendy Headley, Bill Cameron

Welcome new 2024 Board Members:
Kathy Attwood
Jonathan Smith

STAFF
Director, Chris Smalley
Asst. Director, Andrew Kalmar
Managers:
Construction, Tom Belcher
Office, Kristin Long
Operations, Rob Brian
Police, Steve Thomson
Programs, Jim Witter
Stewardship, Zebediah Albert

 

Cover of annual report. Map of wood county with park locations represented by trees and a colorful autumn image of leaves held up with sunlight behind it.graphs of expenses and income, lists of accomplishments

Expenses
$3,766,588

1,754,663: Wages
305,363: Health Benefits
24,703: Medicare
124,826: Supplies
43,889: Contract Repairs
37,479: Materials
293,618: Contract Services
50,352: Outreach
401,014: Capital Improvements
272,072: Equipment
100,000: Local Park Grants
85,232: Other Expenses
10,000: Land Acquisition
257,251: PERS
16,123: Rentals

Local Park Improvement Grants
$100,000

  1. 2,900: Bloomdale: Trash Receptacles
  2. 4,689: Bradner: Ballfield Fence
  3. 2,926: Custar: Park Improvement
  4. 5,000: Cygnet: Playground
  5. 2,340: Grand Rapids: Picnic Tables
  6. 16,185: Haskins: Ballfield Bleachers
  7. 9,999: Jerry City: Basketball Court
  8. 5,000: Luckey: Benches
  9. 16,185: Millbury: Ballfield Bleachers
  10. 5,000: North Baltimore: Playground
  11. 2,239: Northwood: Shelter Tables
  12. 2,488: Pemberville: Bridge Repair
  13. 4,000: Perrysburg Township: Playground
  14. 4,700: Portage: Ballfield
  15. 4,454: Tontogany: Basketball
  16. 638: Troy Township: Message Center
  17. 2,227: Walbridge: Dugout
  18. 4,000: Webster Township: Benches
  19. 5,030: West Millgrove: Playground Mulch

Income
$3,712,886

2,968,044: Park Renewal Levy
300,395: Homestead
147,698: Facility Rentals
12,285: Sales & Receipts
251,378: Interest
3,554: Fines & Refunds
19,169: Gifts & Donations
9,363: Farm Rental
1,000: Grants